A House Through Time

A four-part BBC 2 programme written and presented by David Olusoga, “A House Through Time” charts the history of 62 Falkner Street, Liverpool.

Starting from 1840 (where the house was actually numbered 58) and finishing in the present day, we learn about the residents of the 4 storey Georgian house and their lives whilst they were living in Falkner Street.   Their tale is interlaced with events happening in Liverpool at that time, including the effects of cholera, World Wars 1 and 2, The Great Depression, Toxteth Riots and the HIV epidemic.

Each episode deals with a different period in time:-

  • episode 1 – 1840s – 1850s
  • episode 2 – 1850s – 1890s
  • episode 3 – 1891 – 1945 and
  • episode 4 – 1945 to the present day

Using historical documents and, in the last episode, testimony from those that lived there, we end up with a picture of the life of 62 Faulkner Street so far.

David Olusogo presents this series with passion and I really believed he cares about each residents story.  I was completely fascinated by each episode and I do hope there is another series.

If you missed any of the episodes, they are currently on the BBC iPlayer.

Inside No. 9

Inside No. 9 is a dark comedy television programme written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.  Each series, of which there have been four, has six episodes.  All the episodes are completely different but they have one thing in common – the number “9”.

The episodes are all half an hour long, very cleverly written and thought-provoking.  Some are very funny, some are dark but all of the episodes are marvellous.  I thought I would share my three favourites so far.

Once Removed – this was the most recent episode and it was absolutely brilliant.  Den Of Geek have written a review which is far better that I could ever do so I have linked it here.  Be warned it does contain spoilers!

A Quiet Night In – Two burglars attempt to break into a house to steal a painting but once they are in, they find that the house is not empty.  The couple that live there are having an argument and are completely oblivious to the fact that they have been broken into.  Hilarity ensues as we watch the burglars trying to avoid the couple – this episode is genius as there is no absolutely dialogue.  From series 1, but I can still remember Steve & Reece as the burglars crawling along the floor trying to avoid the couple!

The 12 Days of Christine – a series 2 episode starring Sheridan Smith as Christine.  We follow her life over a period of 12 years, through the ups and downs and key events.  When the final scene is played out I was in absolute floods of tears*.

I hope we have many more series of Inside No. 9.  Have you watched any of the episodes?  What did you think?

* please note this is not a spoiler, I cry at anything – happy or sad!!