Yes, I know it is a lame concept for a show – a family immersing themselves in a period property, customs and cuisine … for one whole week (really authentic), but this has been an annoyingly addictive series.
Guided by Giles Coren and social historian Polly Russell, the Robshaw family have found adjusting to life with a servant, not an easy shift to make.
This week, we find the family are thrust into a time of immense social upheaval and change – from 1910 through the years of the Great War.
At the start of the decade, the family’s servant Debbie (pictured) is still doing all the cooking and cleaning. But change is on the horizon as the first world war turns all their lives upside-down, bringing freedom and opportunity to Debbie and putting Rochelle back in the kitchen.
Never a natural cook, she struggles to feed the family as supplies start to run out – as they did for many families during World War I, and the war puts an end to their previously carefree lives.
But the decade has its upsides too: there’s respite from offal with a vegetarian Suffragist dinner, the freedom of a bike ride and an idyllic picnic, and a visit from celebrity chef John Torode – but even he can’t rescue 1918’s fish sausages.
Further Back in Time for Dinner – The 1910s Tuesday 9.00pm on BBC2