The House the 50s Built
Monday, 9.30pm, LifeStyle It must be the week for nostalgia. In this beautifully made, fast-paced four-episode series, experimental engineer Brendan Walker celebrates the innovators who took Britain from the hardships of the 1940s to the prosperity of the 60s. By fast-forwarding the gadgets in a rebuilt 50s house, he demonstrates how science transformed an exhausted country into a nation brimming with confidence in a revolution that started in the home, specifically in the kitchen. Things begin at 21 Coronation Close, in an unspecified English town, where Walker and his team have created a typical post-war home. If you know what Formica is, you’ll likely find this nostalgic. Otherwise it’s a useful window into the way everything changed very rapidly in a decade, and no less fascinating for that.