The 1900 House

Season 1 Episode 1

The Time Machine

Aired Unknown Jun 12, 2000 on PBS
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The Time Machine
In the first hour of the series, we watch how the idea of placing a modern-day family into life as a Victorian progressed. We mostly follow historian Daru Rooke in his search for the house the family will live in, and watch the house get converted from a rather haphazardly refurbished apartment back to its roots as a genuine Victorian house.

Meanwhile, the producers at Channel Four Television begin their search to find the family who will live in the 1900 House for three months. We see some families who are really not suitable, some who don't quite fit the bill, and then one family who seems perfect: The Bowlers.

The family consists of father and Royal Commando Paul, school inspector Joyce, older sister Kathryn, twins Ruth and Hilary, and youngest brother Joe. Constance Bowler, the oldest sister, did not participate in the series, and instead watched the family home during the filming.

There are many problems in taking a house back in time, mainly health and safety issues. Technology--and law--have progressed and some 1900 staples, such as lead-based paint and nicotine-laden fertilizer, are no longer allowed. However, despite several setbacks with the construction and restoration, the house is completed, and awaiting the Bowlers for their first days inside The 1900 House.moreless

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