BBC recommissions A House Through Time

Documentary TV series ‘A House Through Time’ is returning to BBC Two for a third series in 2020 – this time in Bristol.

The first series aired in 2018 and a second aired earlier this year in April, with each examining the history of a single residential building.

Series one featured the house at 62 Falkner Street in Canning, Liverpool, and series two featured 5 Ravensworth Terrace in the Summerhill area of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The third series will be made up of four episodes and the hunt for a house to feature in Bristol is currently underway.

The programme is presented by David Olusoga, who studied history at the University of Liverpool in the early 1990s and is Professor of Public History at Manchester University.

The broadcaster said: ‘Using genealogical records, contemporary documents, and the help of expert witnesses, David traces the lives of the occupants of the house, getting to know individual characters and following their stories wherever they lead.

‘The search for a new house in Bristol has already begun, and with the city’s rich maritime history, connections to the slave trade and industrial and technological heritage, the team expect to find no shortage of drama for series three.’

Commissioning editor Simon Young added: “This series has swiftly become a treasured part of the schedule on BBC Two. It’s a vitally important returning series for us, perfectly reflecting our ambition for history programmes that connect the bigger sweeps of our nation’s story to individual lives lived all over the country. Having visited houses in Liverpool and Newcastle in the first two series, I’m thrilled that David will delve into Bristol’s rich history next.”

Director of programmes and executive producer Maxine Watson commented: “The series is hugely popular with viewers and shows just how much we want to know about what happened to people just like us in the past. It’s truly a series about – and for – the people, and we are absolutely delighted to be coming back with a new series next year.”


Presenter David Olusoga

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