AN OXFORDSHIRE village is set to garner national fame when it features on Channel 4's latest TV competition – Village of the Year.

Uffington, near Wantage, is one of just 76 villages across the country appearing on the program.

It is also the only Oxfordshire village featuring in the series presented by actress Penelope Keith and Great British Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant.

The historic hamlet nestled in the shadow of the famous White Horse Hill and the Ridgeway will make its screen debut next Tuesday – January 23 – at 3pm.

If the judges like what they see, Uffington will go through to the South East semi final to be on Saturday, January 27, in the prime-time slot of 8pm.

The competition's grand final will be screened on Saturday, February 10, at 8pm.

One of those who met the film crew when they visited Uffington in June was Karen Pilcher, curator of the village's Tom Brown's School Museum.

She showed them around the museum and sat down at one of the Victorian school desks in the museum with Mr Grant for a sequence.

She revealed the crew also filmed locals cleaning the white horse on the hill above the village in the bi-annual tradition to keep it looking good.

She said she was not allowed to reveal how far Uffington got in the contest, but said villagers were excited to see themselves on screen.

All the programs will be made available on the Channel 4 website after broadcast so Oxfordshire residents can catch up on the competition.