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Escape To The Chateau stars Dick and Angel Strawbridge put on a loved-up display as they go shopping

Escape To The Chateau stars Dick and Angel Strawbridge have escaped France to do their Christmas shopping in London.

With Angel’s bright red hair and Dick’s bushy beard and handlebar moustache, they were easily recognisable as they wandered the streets of Mayfair.

Dick, 63, wore a navy blue jumper and maroon trousers under a long coat and plaid scarf.

Spree: Escape To The Chateau stars Dick and Angel Strawbridge have escaped France to do their Christmas shopping in London

He added a flat cap on his head and walked hand-in-hand with wife Angel, 44, who wrapped up in a green coat.

She added eye-catching yellow trousers and a black scarf, while carrying a shopping bag with ‘The Chateau’ written on it.

Dick and Angel bought 47-room Chateau-de-la-Motte, in the Loire Valley for £280,000 in 2015, after selling their two-bedroom flat in East London for £400,000.

Standing out: With Angel's bright red hair and Dick's bushy beard and handlebar moustache, they were easily recognisable as they wandered the streets of Mayfair

Standing out: With Angel’s bright red hair and Dick’s bushy beard and handlebar moustache, they were easily recognisable as they wandered the streets of Mayfair

Cosy: Dick, 63, wore a navy blue jumper and maroon trousers under a long coat and plaid scarf

Cosy: Dick, 63, wore a navy blue jumper and maroon trousers under a long coat and plaid scarf

Their adventures restoring the castle on the Channel 4 show have attracted audiences of up to three million.

It was recently confirmed that Channel 4’s ninth season of Escape to the Chateau will be its last after six years of filming.

Dick and wife Angel, who met in 2010 and have two children together, confirmed that they ‘have cherished every second… the good, the bad and the ugly’.

Promotion: They were seen carrying a shopping bag with 'The Chateau' written on it

Promotion: They were seen carrying a shopping bag with ‘The Chateau’ written on it

Smitten: He added a flat cap on his head and walked hand-in-hand with wife Angel, who wrapped up in a green coat

Smitten: He added a flat cap on his head and walked hand-in-hand with wife Angel, who wrapped up in a green coat

Stylish: She added eye-catching yellow trousers and a black scarf around  her neck

Stylish: She added eye-catching yellow trousers and a black scarf around  her neck

Sprawling: Dick, 63, and Angel, 44, bought 47-room Chateau-de-la-Motte, in the Loire Valley for £280,000 in 2015, after selling their two-bedroom flat in East London for £400,000

Sprawling: Dick, 63, and Angel, 44, bought 47-room Chateau-de-la-Motte, in the Loire Valley for £280,000 in 2015, after selling their two-bedroom flat in East London for £400,000

Popular: Their adventures restoring the castle on the Channel 4 show have attracted audiences of up to three million

 Popular: Their adventures restoring the castle on the Channel 4 show have attracted audiences of up to three million

Loved it: Dick and wife Angel, who met in 2010 and have two children together, confirmed that they 'have cherished every second... the good, the bad and the ugly'

Loved it: Dick and wife Angel, who met in 2010 and have two children together, confirmed that they ‘have cherished every second… the good, the bad and the ugly’

And the couple have experienced many highs and lows over the years as they renovated a run-down chateau. 

The venue now hosts fairytale weddings in the Pays de la Loire region – and in 2019, it was valued at £2million.

After searching for the chateau for four years, the pair bought the sprawling 19th century building in 2015 after swapping their two-bed home in east London.

Ups and downs: And the couple have experienced many highs and lows over the years as they renovated a run-down chateau

Ups and downs: And the couple have experienced many highs and lows over the years as they renovated a run-down chateau

Impressive: The venue now hosts fairytale weddings in the Pays de la Loire region - and in 2019, it was valued at £2million

Impressive: The venue now hosts fairytale weddings in the Pays de la Loire region – and in 2019, it was valued at £2million

The series is full of arguments and tiffs over stressful renovations, precious moments with their children Arthur, nine, and Dorothy, eight and creating happy memories with newlyweds. 

The chateau has since been valued at £2million but the couple also cash in through TV rights from Channel 4 for the series and its day-time spin off. 

Dick and Angel also host fairytale weddings receiving up to £38,000 per wedding. The average price, however, comes out at around £19,000. 

Purchase: After searching for the chateau for four years, the pair bought the sprawling 19th century building in 2015 after swapping their two-bed home in east London

Purchase: After searching for the chateau for four years, the pair bought the sprawling 19th century building in 2015 after swapping their two-bed home in east London

Hit: The series is full of arguments and tiffs over stressful renovations, precious moments with their children Arthur, nine, and Dorothy, eight and creating happy memories with newlyweds

Hit: The series is full of arguments and tiffs over stressful renovations, precious moments with their children Arthur, nine, and Dorothy, eight and creating happy memories with newlyweds

Doing well: The chateau has since been valued at £2million but the couple also cash in through TV rights from Channel 4 for the series and its day-time spin off

Doing well: The chateau has since been valued at £2million but the couple also cash in through TV rights from Channel 4 for the series and its day-time spin off

Last year, it was reported that sources close to Spark Media, the independent production company that filmed the first four series of ETTC, had accused Dick and Angel of bullying.   

Dick was accused of pushing one crew member around a room, and threatening to throw another ‘out the f*****g window’ while brandishing a hammer. Both were also said to have sworn at TV staff.

Meanwhile, the show apparently haemorrhaged producer directors (PDs) during the first four series: three out of six left prematurely following rows — an exodus ‘unheard of’ in television, it’s claimed.

Raking it in: Dick and Angel also host fairytale weddings receiving up to £38,000 per wedding. The average price, however, comes out at around £19,000

Raking it in: Dick and Angel also host fairytale weddings receiving up to £38,000 per wedding. The average price, however, comes out at around £19,000

Accusations: Last year, it was reported that sources close to Spark Media, the independent production company that filmed the first four series of ETTC, had accused Dick and Angel of bullying

Accusations: Last year, it was reported that sources close to Spark Media, the independent production company that filmed the first four series of ETTC, had accused Dick and Angel of bullying

Dick and Angel — deeply dismayed by the accusations — wasted no time in categorically denying them. In detailed testimony via their representative, the couple have emphasised not only the warm atmosphere among the team that currently makes their show, but also their long-held, high professional standards, which they say has helped bring their chateau fantasy to successful fruition.

And no one can deny that theirs is the original entrepreneurial dream come true, powered largely by the determined Dick, who has decades of experience in television.

With such high standards, the Strawbridges say, of course, comes high pressure — yet, still, their representative stressed that production members associated with the couple over many years found ‘working with our clients at the chateau is a lovely experience.’

Awful: Dick was accused of pushing one crew member around a room, and threatening to throw another 'out the f*****g window' while brandishing a hammer. Both were also said to have sworn at TV staff

Awful: Dick was accused of pushing one crew member around a room, and threatening to throw another ‘out the f*****g window’ while brandishing a hammer. Both were also said to have sworn at TV staff

They also made accusations of their own of outrageous behaviour among the Spark’s production team.  

Meanwhile, Channel 4 has denied all knowledge of the row, saying in a statement: ‘Channel 4 does not tolerate bullying or abusive behaviour in any of its productions.

‘Channel 4 was not aware of any of the alleged behaviour by Dick and Angel as described in these claims, which we understand relate to a period well before the current producers started making the series.’ 

The series was coined in 2014 after an executive at Spark Media heard that Angel and Dick, a former army officer who has appeared as an engineering expert on TV shows such as Channel 4’s Scrapheap Challenge, were leaving their two- bedroom flat in Southend, Essex, for a new life in France. 

Mass exodus: Meanwhile, the show apparently haemorrhaged producer directors (PDs) during the first four series: three out of six left prematurely following rows ¿ an exodus 'unheard of' in television, it's claimed

Mass exodus: Meanwhile, the show apparently haemorrhaged producer directors (PDs) during the first four series: three out of six left prematurely following rows — an exodus ‘unheard of’ in television, it’s claimed

Denial: Dick and Angel ¿ deeply dismayed by the accusations ¿ wasted no time in categorically denying them

Denial: Dick and Angel — deeply dismayed by the accusations — wasted no time in categorically denying them

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