Din­ners through the decades

Back in Time for Din­ner, ABC, Tues­day at 8.30pm


GUIDED by host Annabel Crabb (pic­tured), an Aussie fam­ily goes on a time-trav­el­ling ad­ven­ture to learn how the food we eat trans­formed the way we live, the fab­ric of the na­tion and de­fined fam­ily roles.

Start­ing in post-war 1950s, the Fer­rone fam­ily will be trans­ported to a dif­fer­ent decade each week as they take on the di­etary habits, life­style, cook­ing fads and fash­ions of the era.

When the Fer­rones first re-en­ter their home in 1950 it is un­recog­nis­able. The open-plan kitchen and din­ing room is gone. Now di­vided into two tiny rooms, the ap­pli­ances and mar­ble bench tops have been ripped out. In­stead, Laminex lives, and there’s no mi­crowave or fridge.

As if that wasn’t chal­leng­ing enough, they must also adopt the gen­der roles of each era.

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