The 1900 House
About the Show
In an experiment in living history to investigate how radically our lives have been changed by technology, a modern family swap the luxury of1999 for a life of urban Victorian domesticity
Series 1 Summary
The Bowlers, a thoroughly modern family of six, were selected from over 400 families around the UK, to embark on a unique time travel journey to 1900. For three months they swap the luxury of 1999 for a life of urban Victorian domesticity.
We go behind-the scenes to find out how an ordinary terraced house in the shadow of the Millennium Dome was transformed into a time machine and why the Bowlers were selected.
In Somerset, the Bowlers indulge in a last supper of junk food before saying goodbye to the 20th Century and hello to life in the year 1900.
The Bowlers wake up to their first morning in the 1900 house. There is no water, potties need emptying and the milk has gone off. The dream is over.
It is a week since the Bowlers began their time travel experience. But no-one has had a decent bath. The range cooker, which should provide hot water, hasn't produced a drop.
After four weeks of the drudgery of a Victorian level of housework, Joyce comes up with a 1900 solution: finding a servant to do the dirty work, as most women in her position would have done a hundred years ago.
A newcomer arrives at the house as Elizabeth, their new "maid of all work' starts domestic service. Scrubbing, washing, ironing, carpet beating, black-leading the range - all for 4d a day.
The arrival of the maid has given Joyce the freedom to investigate the history of the suffragette movement. But the more she learns about the battle for women's rights, the worse she feels about employing a maid.
A night out at a Music Hall is a great success but proves a rude introduction to the seedy world of Victorian London.
Afler three months of living in the past, the Bowlers' Victorian odyssey is coming to an end. Before they leave, they decide to throw a party for their friends and neighbours.
The Bowlers reflect on the highs, lows and unforgettable moments of their three month living-history experiment.
The 1900 House synopsis
In an experiment in living history to investigate how radically our lives have been changed by technology, a modern family swap the luxury of1999 for a life of urban Victorian domesticityEpisode Guide >