The House The 50s Built (4 x 60′) – Celebrates the science behind the inventions and innovations that transformed the way we lived and made 1950s Britain modern. Engineer and showman Brendan Walker sets out to discover the ingenuity and life-changing technology behind the inventions that took drab, black and white post-war Britain and launched it, under its new young Queen Elizabeth 2nd, into a Technicolor-drenched world of the future.
Brendan will learn from practical, hands-on experience exactly what it took to bring about the 50s revolution by reconstructing a house. Each programme focuses on a room and fast-forwards it through the 1950s, showcasing how progress in the home triggered a tsunami of social change. Brendan experiments with everything from how to make a Formica kitchen and how to use atomic bomb know-how to make a non-stick pan, to how to turn a vat of chemicals into comfortable lingerie that changed women’s lives.
Channel: Channel 4
Producer: Wall to Wall
TX: May 2012
Source: Channel 4 press release