A review of PBS’ Victorian Slum House, aka BBC’s The Victorian Slum, a living history show that has its participants experience extreme poverty.
My heart started racing when I saw three words on a PBS schedule for early May—three words that made me think instantly of some of the best unscripted drama of the 2000s. Those words: Victorian Slum House. Could it be—could this be another one of the living history, historical house shows?
It’s time for reality television to return to shows set in earlier time periods. The drama flowed when ordinary people lived as our ancestors did.
The crazy popular high-brow soap opera Downtown Abbey returns to PBS Sunday, but if you need a fix now, you should watch–or re-watch–the outstanding reality series Manor House, also known as Edwardian Country House. The Channel 4 series debuted in 2002 in the UK and in 2003 in the US, following The 1900 House and… continue reading
Texas Ranch House, PBS’ latest historical reality series, debuts tonight at 8 p.m. ET on most PBS stations, and airs two hours a night for four nights. The show follows a group of 15 people as they live in 1867 Texas and work on a ranch, and is narrated by Brokeback Mountain star Randy Quaid…. continue reading
PBS’ next historical reality series debuts next Monday at 8, airing two hour episodes for four nights. The show’s site now includes profiles of the 15 participants, who are divided by their living quarters: the bunkhouse and the ranch house. Although the show’s six cowboys make a Brokeback Mountain comparisons inevitable, none of the cast… continue reading
While PBS will soon air Texas Ranch House, another network is ending PBS’ monopoly on the historical reality genre. A&E has purchased Outback House, an Australian series that follows “Australians who travel back in time to spend three months running a remote 19th century sheep station exactly as their forebears did in 1861,” according to… continue reading
Australia’s ABC debuted Outback House on Sunday, that network’s version of 1900 House. The series follows 16 people on “a 10,000-acre, 19th-Century sheep station cut off from the contemporary world.” According to The Sydney Morning Herald, “Complaints that one participant kicked a rooster and that the mismanagement of newborn lambs led to their deaths have… continue reading
PBS’ Texas Ranch House now casting. If you’d like to spend the summer and early fall living in 1867 Texas, apply now for PBS’ forthcoming Texas Ranch House. PBS and Thirteen/WNET are searching for “Wranglers, Cowhands, Cooks, Vaqueros, Ranchers, and anyone interested in taking part.” They want people “who have what it takes to build… continue reading
PBS will film, air Texas Ranch House. Although the producer of the UK House series said that Regency House Party might be the last produced by Wall to Wall and Channel Four, PBS is stepping up to the plate and producing a series of their own. Over eight episodes, Texas Ranch House “will follow a… continue reading
Regency House Party debuts tonight. The UK’s Channel 4’s Regency House Party comes to the States tonight on PBS. In the five men and five women will look for a love connection, but will play by Jane Austen’s rules, rather than being the drunk, coked-up, whores that they are in their real lives. I kid,… continue reading
producer says that Regency House Party might be the last House show filmed. PBS will air Regency House Party in November in the States, but the series has already aired in the UK, and debuts this Sunday in Australia. The series’ producer, Caroline Ross Pirie, tells The Sydney Morning Herald that this installment might be… continue reading
Regency House Party will air in Nov. Regency House Party, which has already aired on the UK’s Channel 4, will come to the US on PBS this November. The series, set between 1811 and 1830, involves “a group of 10 modern-day men and women, all genuinely looking for love, (who) get a chance to go… continue reading
Colonial House cast member says it “was an us vs. them” between cast and crew. Colonial House cast member Jeff Lin writes on his web site that the cast and crew of the show developed an antagonistic relationship. “There was an us vs. them attitude that we had toward the production crew, who constantly spoke… continue reading
Plimoth Plantation opens Colonial House exhibit, where houses will be reconstructed. Plimoth Plantation, the museum in Massachusetts where the Colonial House cast trained for two weeks prior to filming, has opened an exhibit based upon the show. As part of Setting the Scene for PBS’s Colonial House, visitors “have a chance to pick up similar… continue reading