GEORGE CLARKE is in his element.
The architect-come-TV-presenter is stood atop a snow-capped mountain in the Alpine village of Verbier – and he’s feeling Christmassy.
But he isn’t getting his festive fix: he’s in the Swiss resort to film a very special edition of his hit Channel 4 show, Amazing Spaces.
Aptly titled Winter Wonderland, the episode sees Clarke and master-craftsman Will Hardie explore the ingenious small space wonders hidden among the snowy peaks of the Swiss and Italian Alps.
“Just being here, filming, really does get you in that festive mood!” quips Clarke, 44.
“I have to say the views have just been absolutely breathtaking.
“You can imagine some of the drone shots we’ve got – it looks filmic, it looks epic, it looks snowy, it looks alpine…”
How has he enjoyed switching climate?
“I love it!” responds the Sunderland native. “I’m from the North East, so it’s always freezing there!
“I go up to the Lake District all the time, the Western Isles of Scotland, the Highlands.
“It makes you feel fresh, the air’s cleaner, and I love walking and climbing.
“So to be able to see Amazing Spaces’ projects when there’s a lovely dialogue between great design and beautiful landscapes, it’s a fantastic combination.
“Every year that I think we’ve virtually done everything, a whole other batch of projects come up again.
“People are building all the time anyway, so every year there are new projects being created, and I’m blown away by people’s inventiveness and creativity.”
Amazing Spaces Winter Wonderland, Channel 4, Thurs, 8pm.