Behind Closed Doors (3×60′) – Historian Amanda Vickery goes behind the stately exterior of the Georgian house in a new three-part series in which she reveals how the British passion for homes began.
Delving beneath the surface, Amanda brings the 18th-century house back to life, opening a fascinating window onto a golden age of home-making. From stately piles to modest townhouses, she shows how today’s obsession with refurbishing and beautifying has its roots in the Georgian era.
But it wasn’t just the look of the interiors that were transformed. Everything from courtship and marriage to socialising and class mobility was changed by this new focus on the home.
Looking at artefacts, letters, diaries, even evidence from criminal trials, Amanda uses her research to offer fresh insights into the private lives of the richest and the poorest, and the intriguing world of the newly emerging “middling” classes.
Through dramatic reconstruction of the personal stories of characters from the era, the audience is given an insight into the dreams, hopes and fears of the Georgian homebuilders.
TX: Autumn/Winter 2010/2011