TV show highlights the man behind Goodwood

113321-073_GOODWOOD_REVIVAL_SR_18/9/11'The Earl of March talking to bunnies at the Goodwood Revival Meeting near Chichester.''Picture:Steve Reid 113321-073
113321-073_GOODWOOD_REVIVAL_SR_18/9/11'The Earl of March talking to bunnies at the Goodwood Revival Meeting near Chichester.''Picture:Steve Reid 113321-073

The struggles to stay afloat by Goodwood owner the Earl of March will be documented in a TV show which airs tonight.

Charles Gordon-Lennox, the Earl of March and Kinrara and heir to the Dukedom of Richmond, is the subject of a Channel Four documentary which shows the man behind the racecourse.

Bafta-winning film-maker Patrick Forbes gains unique access behind the scenes for the second of a two-part documentary series, The Aristocrats.

A Channel Four spokesman said: “Good-looking, charming, and with a maniacal attention to detail, Charles Gordon-Lennox has gone from being Stanley Kubrick’s set photographer to hosting a playground for the world’s rich and famous, drawn to his estate’s famous racecourse, and high-profile car events: the Festival of Speed, for the world’s fastest cars; and Revival, which last year saw the most valuable collection of cars ever assembled, at $3bn.”

But as well as the glamour, the film focuses on a harsher reality, pointing out the Earl is practically unique in having made Goodwood self-sufficient.

In the 1930s his family had to sell off their huge Scottish estates. Charles decided whatever happened, he would not give up on Goodwood, and despite a £1m loss in 2010, he has succeeded by attracting hundreds of thousands to his events.

The Aristocrats is on Channel 4 at 9pm tonight.