A House Through Time

A House Through Time

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

This new series, presented by historian David Olusoga, is Who Do You Think You Are? but with a house, rather than a questing celebrity looking into his or her ancestors.

It works well, as Olusoga is welcomed into the enviably lovely Victorian terraced home of Gaynor Evans in Falkner Street, Liverpool, before he steps back in time to trace who else lived there long before Ms Evans and her family moved in.

Olusoga’s research is a jumping off point for certain periods of British social history, beginning in the days when Liverpool was a major trading centre that rivalled New York.

Examining census information and other documents, he pinpoints previous occupants and reads between the lines of contemporary newspaper reports and even a painting in the Walker Art Gallery.

Olusoga ends the first episode on an American Civil War battlefield in Virginia to reveal a sad story of abandonment, reinvention and tragedy.

Summary

Documentary charting 180 years of British history as lived through by the successive inhabitants of a terraced house in Liverpool, from the 1840s to the present day. Presenter David Olusoga reveals how the house came to be built as a merchant's residence in the 1840s, and then tells the story of the first tenant - a customs clerk with a taste for fine furniture and the high life. But his lavish lifestyle came to an end when the money dried up. He, however, was just the first to live in the house. There were more to come throughout the 1840s and 1850s.

Cast & Crew

Presenter David Olusoga
Executive Producer Maxine Watson
Series Producer Mary Crisp
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