A House Through Time

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A House Through Time

Series 2 - Episode 1

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Review

The always impressive David Olusoga brings back the social history series that charts the lost lives of a single house. Through some fairly extraordinary detective work – combing through the recesses of old deeds and newspaper reports – he connects one building in Newcastle, built in 1824 and occupied by well-to-do doctors and lawyers, to the fortunes of Britain as a whole and the deep divisions in Victorian life.

Watching Olusoga’s sifting and probing, it hardly seems possible that one end-of-terrace house on a then-fashionable backstreet could contain so much drama in the lives of its residents – until it occurs to you that every house has similar stories, if we could unearth them.


Summary

David Olusoga returns to chart more British history as lived through by the successive inhabitants of a house, this time a Georgian property on Ravensworth Terrace in Newcastle upon Tyne. Tracing the house's early years, David discovers the original deeds reveal that the house was built by local developer William Mather and completed around 1824. Its first long-term resident was local lawyer and family man William Stoker, who worked his way up the ranks of society and was elected to the post of town coroner.

Cast & Crew

Presenter David Olusoga
Director Nicola Seare
Editor Tony Robinson
Executive Producer Maxine Watson
Producer Nicola Seare
Producer Jonathan Rowlands
Series Producer Mary Crisp
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