English home life in the 1930s

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Clip from Further Back in Time for Dinner  |  Season 1  |  Episode 4  |  Lifestyle Channel  |  June 25, 2017

As part of a social experiment, a British family head back in time to the 1930s to document what home and family life were like.

As part of a social experiment, a British family head back in time to the 1930s to document what home and family life were like.

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Further Back in Time for Dinner

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1930s

The Robshaw family are experienced time travellers - but this time they are going further back than they've ever been before - to the turn of the 20th century, to discover how the food we ate and the way we ate it, helped shape the modern family. An ordinary house in South London will be their time machine, transporting them through five decades and two world wars. Guided by presenters Giles Coren and social historian Polly Russell they'll trace the incredible changes to Britain's diet and the extraordinary social transformation they reveal. The family discover a very surprising decade of progress and optimism as they journey through the 1930s. Gone is all the starch formality of previous decades. Their larder is now stuffed with familiar brands and snacks and deliciously healthy dinners too, even if they are made in a pressure cooker that looks more like an unexploded bomb than a bit of kitchen equipment. Along the way Brandon and Rochelle take a trip out for dinner and a dance in their very first family car, there's popcorn to go with their own home cinema, but the family's old servant Debbie finds out that the 1930s bring hard times for working women like her. As the Robshaws taste the food, wine and hope of a very progressive era, the threats on the horizon come closer with a visit to London's East End to commemorate the battle of Cable Street and all the traditional favourites of a Jewish dinner with Giles. But as 1939 comes around their hopes for the future are dashed as their final party is interrupted by an historic radio announcement.

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Further Back in Time for Dinner

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1920s

The Robshaw family are experienced time travellers - but this time they are going further back than they've ever been before - to the turn of the 20th century, to discover how the food we ate and the way we ate it, helped shape the modern family. An ordinary house in South London will be their time machine, transporting them through five decades and two world wars. Guided by presenters Giles Coren and social historian Polly Russell they'll trace the incredible changes to Britain's diet and the extraordinary social transformation they reveal. This time the Robshaws experience a thoroughly modern decade as they enter the 1920s. They get their first taste of the racy reputation of the age as they host a jazz age party fuelled by a menu of 14 different cocktails. The decade has something new for everyone, with sweet treats for Fred, spicy food for Brandon in a 1920s curry house and the kicks and tricks of the Charleston for Miranda and Ros with Strictly's James and Ola Jordan. Rochelle has a new role too, as a modern housewife, no longer a lady of leisure, there's a lot of work to do in the kitchen now Debbie's found new work in a grocers and a fish and chip shop. In this decade of rapid changes, corsets are gone, hemlines are raised and at the dinner table there are plenty of modern conveniences, with a completely tinned dinner, the wonder of Pyrex and the launch of some very familiar brands.

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