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Author Topic: In review :BBC programme - '24 hours in the past'  (Read 936 times)
Miranda.T
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« on: April 28, 2015, 07:32:25 pm »

For those with access to BBC 1, something that may be of interest this evening at 9 pm BST: '24 hours in the past'. According to the Radio Times, "finding out what life was like for the poor in the 1840s".

Positives for the programme: from the trailer, I think it is filmed in our local Black County Living Museum.

Negatives: it's full of 'celebrities' who are 'experiencing' the living history.

Could be good, or the televisual equivalent of a catastrophic collision of steam carriages...

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2015, 10:12:45 pm »

Excellent programme.

Anyone who really desires a return to 'Victorian Values' could do worse than watch it.
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2015, 10:14:42 pm »

Sure enough it was the Black Country Living Museum  (BCLM) and they filled it full of horse muck and dog my, for realism. Had they gone half a mile down the road they would have found things hadn't changed much!
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2015, 10:49:21 pm »

If you get the chance to watch this programme on “iPlayer” or YouTube, you are in for a treat. It might be the closest reconstruction to a truly realistic "steampunk" lifestyle we might see on TV. The conditions were particularly realistic. The group of volunteers wore drab worn clothing that had been passed around multiple previous owners. They then had to complete the most revolting stomach turning chores. One of the group was physically sick after trying to mix human excrement, oats and horse manure. Obviously, when we role-play, we all select upper-class or middle-class roles and dress in really eye-catching well-designed outfits. After all, we are hardly likely to role-play human waste disposal! I do love to enter a world of fantasy and that isn’t going to change but, given a choice, the bottom line is that I wouldn’t really swap my modern 2015 lifestyle for a grim mundane life in an alternative world of steampunk – the chances are that it would be me who would end up taking the role of street cleaner: searching out dog excrement for use in the tanning works. Even still, I can still dream of being an airship pilot or a time-travelling scientist (despite knowing that, if I were to live in a steampunk world) I’d probably be the guy emptying the cesspits at night!
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2015, 09:22:35 pm »

Sure enough it was the Black Country Living Museum  (BCLM) and they filled it full of horse muck and dog my, for realism. Had they gone half a mile down the road they would have found things hadn't changed much!

I drive through Tipton and Princes End on my daily commute, I've encountered many horse drawn traps and have seen a lad sat on a horse outside the newsagents in Princes End. I do remember that the council started impounding the horses as they were a nuisance.
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2015, 04:55:16 pm »

The difference is they knew it would only last 24 hours ... not a lifetime !!
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2015, 08:11:35 pm »

Sure enough it was the Black Country Living Museum  (BCLM) and they filled it full of horse muck and dog my, for realism. Had they gone half a mile down the road they would have found things hadn't changed much!

My daughter was complaining that we'll be walking on those streets soon; I don't think she'd fancy being a gong farmer... With a day in service for the next installment, although that will be hard work for them it's got to be a step up from shovelling poo.

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2015, 10:06:08 pm »

Just watched Episode 2.
The celebs had to work in a coach inn.

The funniest thing was watching the ex-Conservative MP, Ann Widdecombe, turning into a Socialist revolutionary minute by minute.

Next week she's fighting for worker's rights and starting a union...

Irony is not dead. Smiley

Sorry if this is to political but watch the programme and you'll see I'm just stating facts.
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2015, 08:50:00 pm »

So now it's over, what do people think?
Did you enjoy this?
What did you learn from it?
How did it compare to the other series featuring Ruth Goodman?
Who would be willing to try it?
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