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The Victorian Slum - S01 E01


In the heart of the modern East End of London, a Victorian slum has been recreated and a group of 21st-century people are moving in. Michael Mosley joins them to tell the extraordinary story of how the Victorian East End changed our attitude to poverty forever. In this episode, the slum dwellers move into the 1860s, when London was the capital of the world's first industrial superpower and the richest city on earth. Their new home is an authentic Victorian tenement building made up of sparse rooms, a shared water pump and outdoor privies. There are businesses too - a small shop and a common lodging house known as the doss house. For some of the new residents, it is a chance to live as their East End ancestors once did, while others want to experience the history of their trades. Graham Potter finds out first hand the back-breaking labour his forebears would have experienced and Shazeda Haque experiences the vicious cycle of poverty that lone Victorian parents endured.

Episode Title: The 1860s
Airs: 2016-10-10 at 21:00