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 1900 House is an experiment in living history illustrating how radically our lives have been changed by technology in the past 100 years. The Bowlers, a thoroughly modern family, swap the luxury of 1999 for a life of urban Victorian domesticity.
Episode 1 - The Time Machine
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
Episode 2 - The Time Travellers
In Somerset, the Bowlers indulge in a last supper of junk food before saying goodbye to 1999 and hello to life in 1900
Episode 3 - A Rude Awakening
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.
Episode 4 - Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness
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.
Episode 5 - How to Be a Victorian
After four weeks of the drudgery of Victorian 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 century ago
Episode 6 - Upstairs, Downstairs
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.
Episode 7 - Women's Liberation
Hiring a maid has given Joyce the time 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.
Episode 8 - The Good Old Days
A night out at a Music Hall is a great success but proves a rude introduction to the seedy world of Victorian London
Episode 9 - Back to the Future
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.
Episode 10 - A Year to Remember
The Bowlers reflect on the highs, lows and unforgettable moments of their three-month living history experiment