Penelope Keith (To the Manor Born, Hidden Villages), that most quintessentially British presenter and actress, travels the length and breadth of the country in search of Britain’s best village. From a stunning coastal village that was built with blacksmiths at its heart, to the fishing hamlet that inspired Dylan Thomas; from the pretty village that prospered on the back of the trade in Peruvian bird droppings, to the anarchic community founded by Tolstoyans, Village of the Year will capture all that is great about Britain’s rural communities. Penelope will also spend time with the quirky characters that populate local village life. Along with the series judges she’ll visit quaint British village fetes, scarecrow championships and lawn mowing contests; she will discover the origins of stunning local architecture and reveal curious rural pastimes, as well as uncover forgotten traditions, bygone skills and home-grown specialities. This joyous, celebratory, fun and fascinating look at rural life culminates in one village being crowned Village of the Year 2017 and receiving a cash prize to invest locally.