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This review is from: Radio 4's History of Private Life (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
I was really looking forward to receiving this set, I loved the idea of bite size social histories and it certainly started off with great promise. The first episode deals with the bedroom, or rather the bed and it's fascinating to hear what an important role the bed itself played in the 16th and 17th century. Shakespeare's bed for example formed a substantial financial part of his estate at his death. And the small dramatised clips of separated spouses writing to (and yearning for) each other.
However, some of the later episodes failed to hold my interest. I think this might come down to personal preference episodes about visitors to the home, the bachelor life and "illicit" lovers are subjects I find fascinating. The episodes dealing with servants, decorating and furnishing the home... not so much. For me it's about a 50/50 split. I'd recommend trying to find an episode list before buying.
The second episode highlights one of the problems I found in this set, though it seems a bit unfair to level this one. The second episode deals with witchcraft and haunting and is brilliant. But the bite size nature of the show means it can only scratch the surface of a very deep subject. Like I said, it's unfair to say really, as the nature of the show is that its bite size chunks. But I wish a couple of the subjects had been split over two episodes to give a little more depth!
Anyway, I would recommend this to people interested in all aspects of home life and the domestic front as a whole. I think this a great little programme but perhaps it tries to cover too broad a swathe for me as I ended up enjoying about half of what I heard whilst for the other half my mind began to wander.