Historical Reality Shows

The 1900 HOUSE aired in the UK and the USA in 1999. The show was about a modern family that tries to the live in the way of the late Victorians in 1900 for three months in a house modified to that time. It was such a success, that it inspired other series exploring different eras.

An English family volunteers to spend three months in a restored Victorian house, which recreates life for the middle class of 1900. The family must wear period clothes, and not use any conveniences or products that was not available to a family of their class in 1900. The camera follows the members about as they struggle with trying to get enough hot water for a bath, create their own shampoo, raise chickens in the backyard, and (the women, at least) deal with constricting garments.



(known as Manor House in US)
family of five and staff of 14 live in a 1900 English manor house



a family “living” through the Second World War



THE REGENCY HOUSE PARTY 1811-1820
10 modern-day men and women at a country estate



FRONTIER HOUSE
three families live as 1883 frontier settlers in Montana



COLONIAL HOUSE
(Pioneer House in UK)
set in the American frontier of 1628


TEXAS RANCH HOUSE
set in the American frontier of 1867


OUTBACK HOUSE in Australia
a family running a sheep station in 1861 Outback


VICTORIAN PHARMACY
Recreating a pharmacy of the 1850s and 60s

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