Victorian Slum House

Victorian Slum House

DVD - 2017
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In this landmark living history series, a Victorian tenement in the heart of London's East End has been painstakingly brought back to life. Host Michael Mosley joins a group of 21st century families as they move in and experience the tough living and working conditions of the Victorian poor.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781531701598
1531701590
Branch Call Number: DVD 305.569094 VICTORIAN
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
NTSC
digital,optical,stereo
2 videodiscs (300 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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AL_KATI Jun 02, 2017

A reality show about living in the Victorian slums? Yes! Really interesting if you like social and class history, or if you want to watch modern Londoners trying to live on pennies a day.


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thebritlass
Oct 24, 2017

Just excellent...while historical fiction helps one understand the living conditions on 19th century London, there is something about watching contemporary people manage in these conditions that really brings the experience home. And of course, I'm reminded of the truth that people still do live like this, just not within my view. No point in being appalled at extremes of wealth in the past and ignoring those of the present. Maybe this would be an idea for a new reality show...

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myOPLUName
Oct 06, 2017

Very well done documentary/reality show. Of interest to me was how the more affluent Victorians were oblivious, uncaring or outright contemptuous and wrathful of the poor and immigrants' living and working conditions. Knowing something of history, I wasn't surprised by it, in and of itself, so much as I was struck by the parallels today and how "first-world" countries view the people of poorer countries who we expect to make our clothes, devices and trinkets in similarly deplorable living and working conditions with no sense of responsibility for their situations. I feel certain this aspect was conveyed intentionally but, while all of the participants of "Victorian Slum House" decried what had been done to their ancestors, only one of them seemed to recognize the similarities between that and what's happening today in Bangladesh, the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc. etc. etc. It should be obvious to anyone who watches this and makes these connections that we are being shown how our future will play itself out in the same way it did in our past (with protests, heavy-handed suppression and, potentially, revolution). Fascinating presentation!

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GoneWithTheThread
Aug 21, 2017

An excellent reality show for those who like history. Victorian Slum House takes you back in time from the 1860's to 1900's and demonstrates the reality of those who were poor in Victorian London. We often see the 'movie' or 'happy' side of living from this time, and forget about how those who were less fortunate had to live. Definitely a must see and very educational.

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dennismmiller
Jul 17, 2017

Victorian Slum House is a reality show recreating life as it changed in the London slums over five decades, in the tradition of such shows as 1900 House, 1940s House, and Manor House. Unfortunately, the show - despite being very well-made and featuring a seemingly genuinely invested and generally likable cast - falls rather flat. Despite many built-in opportunities for conflict there is very little, which helps keep the cast sympathetic but also makes the program less interesting. In place of conflict the program features regular appearances by historians who deliver lectures on the period, telling rather than showing. More strange is the show's treatment of the Victorian past as an alien world almost entirely unrelated to the present, which reaches the height of absurdity when several of the reenactors express outrage that nineteenth century people would pay to tour the slums - never seemingly connecting this with the twenty-first century willingness to watch reality TV shows set in the slums. Still, for all its flaws, the show is educational, and far better than most of what is on TV.

AL_KATI Jun 02, 2017

A reality show about living in the Victorian slums? Yes! Really interesting if you like social and class history, or if you want to watch modern Londoners trying to live on pennies a day.

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