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I just started watching this series so I've only seen the episode that covers the 50s, but so far I like it. I was surprised to see that some people online were really critical about the way the family reacted to the 50s food, especially the kids. I thought their reactions seemed pretty normal. They were eating things that they weren't used to and they didn't like them. There's nothing wrong with that. If anything, I thought they all seemed pretty game for participating in this show. Even though they complained about the food, they all seemed pretty good natured about the experience. I felt most sorry for the wife though. She was stuck trying to make meals with very limited ingredients for most of the time. I know that I would have been frustrated with that too. I mean, I'm sure people who lived through post-war rationing were frustrated too but taking away a person's access to modern appliances and a multitude of food is hard in a different way. I look forward to seeing how they like the food of the 70s!

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My favorite part about the 60s episode was how excited everyone was to finally have a tiny dorm refrigerator in the house. I really enjoy the historical aspect of this show, and going decade by decade really lets us see how these changes impacted people in a relatively short amount of time. The refrigerator alone made a big difference. Ha, unfortunately it also gave birth to things like pea gelatin. I could not believe how terrible that looked!

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It was really interesting to see how much processed food exploded in the 70s. I think in moderation, there's nothing wrong with using some of it (and there are instances where frozen or canned products are better than some of the poor quality fresh stuff you get in the off season). You just can't eat the really crappy three times a day!

I found it really interesting that there were so many kitchen fires caused by making chips (aka french fries) that the government produced warning videos. I don't understand why everyone at home was using deep pots with shallow baskets, but that was definitely a huge part of the problem, as evidenced by Rochelle saying that the potatoes weren't deep enough in the oil. That meant people were filling their pots with tons of oil, making it more likely that the oil would get out of control. Why didn't they just use less oil and do away with the baskets? They could retrieve the fries with tongs. I know some of the fancy kitchen gadgets we have today are more recent inventions, but tongs have been around forever!

Hee, I loved the family's reaction to the hideous 70s decor. I don't know who thought that brown and orange was a pleasant color combination.

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On 9/22/2016 at 3:30 AM, ElectricBoogaloo said:

 

Hee, I loved the family's reaction to the hideous 70s decor. I don't know who thought that brown and orange was a pleasant color combination.

When I saw the previews, I knew *exactly* what decade that was!!

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Hurray for Debbie, is all I have to say. Not just putting in those backbreaking hours but apparently making everything she cooked taste really good. She even cracked out a Battenberg cake that might have won that challenge on this season's Great American Baking Show.

I imagine the family will lose her next week during the war? The Robshaws are very good sports but I don't find them all that interesting on their own; it's the historical period details that keep me watching.

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Meat and meat and meat and meat...

Lamb chops for breakfast. Going out for a run? Eat a side of  beef first! As a meat lover, I found myself thinking that some veggies might be nice.

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I really enjoyed the first episode. I expected a lot of meat for the middle classes from watching all the other Supersizer episodes with Giles and Sue.

I really like the Robshaws. They are drama free, normal, and each of them have shown an ability to be introspective and critical about the time periods. I actually missed them when they did the second series. I'm glad they are back since I think they are great audience stand ins.

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Also, in real life, Debbie would have been doing all the housework too, not just cooking.

How about brandy and champagne as "energy drinks?"

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New series, new presenter, new family. This series focuses on Northern working families and how their life and food changed in the past 100 years.

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It's funny that when we think of "Tea time" here in North America (or perhaps it's me?) it's a posh kind of thing. But the regional difference in Britain, it seems, is that Tea is the evening meal in the north of England and Dinner or Supper is the name for it in London and other southern regions.

I haven't been able to catch an episode of this, so I don't know if that is explained, but I read something about it on another forum.

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On 9/22/2016 at 12:30 AM, ElectricBoogaloo said:

I don't know who thought that brown and orange was a pleasant color combination.

The A & W drive-ins and other outlets have been flogging that colour combo since the '50s - if not earlier.  Mmmmmm.

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17 hours ago, Anothermi said:

It's funny that when we think of "Tea time" here in North America (or perhaps it's me?) it's a posh kind of thing. But the regional difference in Britain, it seems, is that Tea is the evening meal in the north of England and Dinner or Supper is the name for it in London and other southern regions.

I haven't been able to catch an episode of this, so I don't know if that is explained, but I read something about it on another forum.

The show doesn't go into it because for a lot of people in the North, this is assumed knowledge. They do discuss how some people say "pantry" (posh) vs "larder" (less posh).

I watched the first two episodes and I am liking the family. They have one with two daughters and one boy so the comparisons can't be helped. The girls whinge a bit too much about the meats, but that's about it.

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Well, I've finally seen the 1st episode and they did kind of address what meals are called up North. Breakfast: seems to be a universally accepted name. Dinner: not Lunch. Tea: not supper nor dinner. One of the daughters remarked "the proper way" when the show's host laid out the meal names for them.

Dinner is another meal name that varies from place to place. My Dad & I were discussing this a couple of years back when he'd moved to a senior's home. We used to call the evening meal "dinner" on Sunday's or special occasions and supper week days but it morphed into just Dinner for the evening meal. But at the senior's home the mid-day meal was called "dinner".  It seemed, in that case, the defining factor was that the big meal was mid-day and the lighter meal was the evening one - hence supper.  However, it may just have been what the admin of the home were used to instead of the reason my dad and I came up with.

Anyway... I'm really enjoying this iteration and I'm happy  to have someone other than Giles as the host (although I didn't hate him). I did enjoy the Robshaw's from the earlier ones, but it was refreshing this time to have the woman-of-the-house know her way around a kitchen - even things she'd never cooked before, she knew what they were. In general she came across as capable and intelligent - even when she cried while cutting up the hare. I also really liked that they related to the lives of the working class... if only because that would be the lens I generally view these shows through.

I wonder, is this series (season) going to be 6 episodes and bring us up to the present? They covered 2 decades (more or less) this episode, so 6 should bring us up to the present.

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Just wanted to let you guys know that there's a new series called Back in Time for School that started airing a few weeks ago!

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Fifteen pupils and their teachers embark on an extraordinary time-traveling adventure as they fast-forward through more than 100 years of school life.

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On a related note, I'd like to recommend a similar short series called "That'll Teach 'Em", which is available on YouTube. It focuses entirely on recreating grammar school of the 1950s.

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