Sunday, 22 January 2017
The Robshaws return
The time frame covered this time will be from the 1900s to the 1940s, so sure to gladden many a vintage lover's heart. One of the things that stood out in the first series was the way the house and kitchen were decorated and equipped to be period-appropriate. I doubt there will be as many 'I remember those!' moments when watching the new series, but there may well be a few 'I wish I had one of those' occasions. I've got some soup bowls that don't look dissimilar from the red-and-white china they're using in the photo above (charity shopped, of course).
The family appear to be living a fairly wealthy lifestyle as they'll be joined by a maid-of-all-work, Debbie Raw, who's a part-time chef in the 21st century but will handle the Robshaws' cooking and cleaning in the programme. I predict she'll end up going off to the factories in the First World War, leaving Rochelle and her daughters to fend for themselves. (To be fair to the family, they're not quitters, and gave it a really good go in the first series, even when the kids got cold liver for tea in the early 1950s.) Footage on the trailer shows the family working on what looks like an Anderson shelter later on, so they'll probably be digging for victory by the time they reach the 1940s.
Will the Robshaws cope with huge Edwardian portions? Will they have to drink ridiculous amounts of cocktails in the 1920s? Will rationing prove their undoing? Can Rochelle use a tin-opener yet? It starts on Tuesday, 9pm, on BBC2, so we don't have to wait very long to find out.
*I did a couple of posts about the first series, one covering the 1950s episode, and a look back over the whole series.