The House the 50s Built

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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