The 1880s

Despite high unemployment and intolerable conditions, people flock to London, desperate for work. When curious upper-class visitors are permitted to visit the slum as tourists, the participants realize how precarious their situation truly is.

Air Date 5/16/17

In this series, a Victorian tenement in the heart of London's East End has been painstakingly brought back to life. A group of 21st century people are moving in to experience the tough living and working conditions of the Victorian poor.
Upcoming Air Dates
  • #101 — The 1860s |
    Sunday, Oct 22 at 12pm TPT 2
  • #102 — The 1870s |
    Sunday, Oct 22 at 1pm TPT 2
  • #103 — The 1880s |
    Sunday, Oct 22 at 2pm TPT 2
  • #104 — The 1890s |
    Sunday, Oct 22 at 3pm TPT 2
  • #105 — The 1900s |
    Sunday, Oct 22 at 4pm TPT 2
  • #101 — The 1860s
    Follow participants as they move into an 1860s tenement made up of sparse rooms, a shared water pump and outdoor privies. They seek to make a living by matchbox making, wood turning and the rag trade, work once done by their impoverished forebears.
    Sunday, Oct 22 at 12pm TPT 2
  • #102 — The 1870s
    Witness a dire economic depression heightened by the arrival of Irish migrants seeking work. Daily, the slum dwellers toil to fulfil clothing orders and make artificial flowers for factories. Some won't be able to settle their debts.
    Sunday, Oct 22 at 1pm TPT 2
  • #103 — The 1880s
    Despite high unemployment and intolerable conditions, people flock to London, desperate for work. When curious upper-class visitors are permitted to visit the slum as tourists, the participants realize how precarious their situation truly is.
    Sunday, Oct 22 at 2pm TPT 2
  • #104 — The 1890s
    Enter the 1890s, when mass manufacturing and social reform offer a bit of hope for some of the residents, while others are plagued by a water shortage that dashes hopes for a promising laundry business.
    Sunday, Oct 22 at 3pm TPT 2
  • #105 — The 1900s
    Observe the social changes the slum dwellers face as they move into the 20th century. A few families prosper, but others continue to face the poverty endemic in Britain. See what steps are finally taken to alleviate the plight of the poor.
    Sunday, Oct 22 at 4pm TPT 2

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