TV Tip: “At Home with the Georgians”, TODAY, 9pm, BBC2
Ooops… how did that date slip under my radar? Maybe because the BBC didn’t bother to update their website? Or because they expect us all to read their blog? If I hadn’t found the date on Amanda Vickery’s Twitter by accident, I’d missed this programme, and I’d been mightily miffed if that had been the case!
We are all familiar with the splendours of Georgian architecture, but we know less of what went on At Home With The Georgians in the 18th century. In a new three-part series, Amanda Vickery will bring the Georgian home back to life and open a fascinating window on the soul of an age.
Using artefacts, letters, criminal trial records and diaries, Amanda will make viewers look afresh at a world we thought we were familiar with through costume dramas but which only now offers up its secrets.
She will shed light on the full spectrum of Georgian society from the richest to the poorest to the intriguing world of the “middling” classes.
The first of the three episodes is titled “A Man’s Place”.
She [Amanda Vickery] uncovers some surprising truths about the lives of spinsters and bachelors, about how the home became crucial to the success or otherwise of a marriage, and perhaps the biggest surprise of all – that setting up home in the 18th century was not driven by women as you might expect, but by men.
Which reminds me that I still have two of her books to review...