Back in Time for the Weekend

Like many modern families, the Ashby Hawkins home is stuffed full of tablets, computers, phones, and gadgets to distract them in their spare time. But for one summer they agreed to give up all their 21st century technology and travel back in time, to experience the radical transformation of our leisure time since 1950.

The family's own home becomes their time machine as they are transported back to a different decade each week. Guided by presenters Giles Coren and social historian Polly Russell, the family's entire experience is underpinned by The Family Expenditure Survey, a government study which ran from the 50s right through to 1999. The survey's detailed spending records give us the best possible clue as to what families were doing with their leisure time across the five decades.

Show Info

Airs on: United Kingdom BBC Two (2016 - now)
Schedule: Tuesdays at 20:00 (60 min)
Status: To Be Determined
Show Type: Reality
Episodes ordered: 6 episodes

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Previous Episode

The Future

Episode 1x06; Mar 8, 2016

The family explore what the future holds for how we will spend our free time. They also reflect on their time living in the past and how it will change how they live in the present.

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x06: The FutureMar 8, 2016
1x05: The 90sMar 1, 2016
1x04: The 80sFeb 23, 2016
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