How We Used To Live (ITV, 1968-2002)

How We Used to Live is a British educational historical television drama, produced by Yorkshire Television, that debuted on September 24, 1968. The series traced the lives and fortunes of various fictional Yorkshire families from the Victorian era until the 1960s, in and around the fictional town of Bradley, using self-contained short dramas interspersed with archive footage.

Each series was broadcast as part of ITV Schools, on ITV between 1968 and 1987 and then on Channel 4 and S4C.

Periods covered

  • Series 1: late Victorian era. For only this series, there were on-screen presenters, including broadcaster Geoffrey Wheeler.
  • Series 2: 1908-1918 and 1925-1945.
  • Series 3: 1874-1887.
  • Series 4: 1936-1953.
  • Series 5: end of the Boer War in 1902 to the General Strike in 1926.
  • Series 6: 1954-1970.
  • Series 7: from this point on format included documentaries, and covered “Victorians: Early and Late”, “Expansion, Trade and Industry”, plus the Civil War, the Tudors, Isaac Newton, and The Spanish Armada.

Notable Actors

  • Rosalie Williams, Series 4 & 6, “Esme Birkett”
  • Peter Howitt, series 5, “Tom Selby”
  • Sue Jenkins, series 5, “Charlotte Holroyd”
  • Stanley Lebor, series 5 & 6, “Tom Selby”
  • Bobby Knutt, series 6, “Albert Selby”

Find out more at Wikipedia*, IMDb*, and YouTube*.

Sources: Wikipedia* (information, pictures etc), IMDb* (movie release dates), and YouTube* (videos) unless stated otherwise.

*Prof Nostalgia & are not responsible for external links


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