In his final journey to explore what our taste says about us, Grayson Perry lives amongst the upper classes of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, and meets The Marquess of Bath and Longleat and bohemian Detmar Blow. 'A sucker, ' as he admits, 'for a crumbly old stately home, ' Grayson is interested in analysing the continuing hold that upper-class taste still has on the British imagination, and wants to know whether it's still something the rest of us should aspire to. He finds that upper-class taste can be as much a burden as a blessing. The reverence of the people he meets for tradition, ancestral inheritance and appropriateness makes Grayson wonder whether that makes it more difficult to develop taste of their own. Turning instead to the 'new money' incomers who are increasingly buying up the Cotswolds stately homes, he asks why we assume that their taste is somehow worse than the old aristocrats' taste. Finally, Grayson invites all of the contributors he has met to the unveiling of the tapestries he has made about their taste. As owners of magnificent old houses, they know plenty about tapestries, but Grayson's 21st-century take on the tapestry tradition - with his own very personal take on their taste - proves very different from the tapestries they're used to.
Grayson Perry begins his investigation of British taste in Sunderland, a city with strong working-class traditions. Originally from a working-class background himself, Perry is interested in how our family background and the class journey we take shape the way we define ourselves through what we wear and buy, and how we live. Perry discovers a culture of flamboyant display in Sunderland, as well as some surprising 'ancestral echoes' of his own upbringing. He also confronts head-on the snobbery that surrounds many people's view of working-class taste. Finally, Perry invites all the people he meets in Sunderland down to London for an unveiling of the artwork inspired by his experiences in their city, prompting a fascinating debate about what he has chosen to reflect back to them about their taste.