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Fine........in small doses
on 23 December 2010
Spread over 6 CDs this has the thirty 15 minute episodes broadcast on Radio 4. Meticulously researched from letters, diaries, wills etc it gives an insight into private lives in the 16th to 20th centuries. Each 15 minute section uses a mix of songs, poems and drama to tell the tale.
Episodes include the importance of the bed in the 16th century, the status of pots and pans in the 17th, tea and who the servants slept with in the 18th, the love of wallpaper in the 19th and suburbia in the 20th.
As intended, as a 15 minute complete program, it works well, however I didn't find it kept my interest after that; I transferred them to my MP3 player for single episode "listens". I would have also liked more episodes on the 20th century where I think the greatest changes to family life have occurred.
I can appreciate the amount of work involved in putting this together, it just didn't work as a CD.