|Cold liver. Kids love cold liver.|
The show started this week with the 1950s. The Robshaws went out, and while they were out the production team gave their home the sort of vintage makeover you might dream of, turning the knocked-through living area back into a front room and dining room, and putting in a properly 1950s kitchen. The thing is, there were pretty much no mod cons in most British homes at the start of the 1950s, not even a refrigerator. Mum Rochelle is a modern woman, with a job, and suddenly she's stuck in a kitchen with a mangle on the sink and a marble shelf in the larder to keep the milk cool. A lot of people in Twitter were laughing at her for not knowing how to use an old-style tin opener, but I reckon a fair few people nowadays, from all backgrounds, might struggle with one of those.
|And that's your lot!|
As I said, a lot of people were poking fun at the Robshaws, but I thought they did really well. These weren't vintage lovers exploring something they already knew a fair bit about, they are an average modern family, and despite everything there were no massive tantrums or dramas, just a bit of trouble with a tin opener and the kids complaining about being made to eat cold liver (and I'm with them on that). The 1950s dresses really suited all the ladies, and they had fun getting a demonstration of a smart 'new' electric cooker from Mary Berry, who did that as a job back in the 1950s. It was most interesting from a social perspective: Rochelle was obviously tired and fed up by the end, while Brandon felt he'd lost touch with his family from being forced into the more distant lifestyle of a 1950s man, though when they were talking to Scary Berry about getting a cooker on HP, the fact that a man's signature would have been required for the credit agreement didn't come up.
|Rochelle struggling with her ancient gas cooker.|