The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts

The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

Six craftswomen and men re-create the Victorian Arts and Crafts Movement ideal of living together in a harmonious commune, connecting with nature and each other, while making beautiful objects. Easy!

But there is trouble in paradise from the off when designer Ilsa, who must make William Morris-ish wallpaper for the parlour, takes against metal worker Rod when he tells her to “shut up”. In the trailer for next week’s episode, Ilsa insists that she’s being prevented from expressing an opinion.

If there wasn’t some friction, Victorian House of Arts and Crafts would be a bit dull, although the craft-working is beautiful. Woodwork designer Abdollah spends hours painstakingly working on a Sussex chair, while silversmith Bryony crafts a stunning CR Ashbee silver bowl.

Judges Keith Brymer Jones (who sobbed through The Great Pottery Throw Down), Patch Rogers and presenter Anita Rani decide their favourite Object of the Week.

Summary

A late-1800s Victorian arts and crafts commune in the Welsh hills is brought back to life as a group of 21st-century crafters moves in to experience the highs and lows of living and working together. In the first episode, Anita Rani is joined by renowned potter Keith Brymer Jones and arts and crafts expert and dealer Patch Rogers as six crafters are faced with the challenge of breathing life back into the Victorian parlour. Using tools and techniques of the era, they set out to create objects including a Sussex chair, a CR Ashbee bowl and William Morris-inspired wallpaper.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Anita Rani
Contributor Keith Brymer Jones
Judge Patch Rogers
Executive Producer Nick Catliff
Executive Producer Lisa Hazlehurst
Series Editor Jeremy Daldry
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