Brave Brits travel back in time

Michael Mosley: Queen Vic­to­ria’s Slum, SBS, Tues­day at 7.30pm


WHEN one cor­ner of Lon­don’s East End is trans­formed into a late-Vic­to­rian slum, Michael Mosley puts mod­ern Bri­tons to the test to see if they can sur­vive there.

A large Vic­to­rian build­ing is taken back to the 1870s, when East End poverty be­gan to make head­lines.

It’s then pop­u­lated with fam­i­lies, cou­ples and in­di­vid­u­als who have gen­uine con­nec­tions to the sub­ject mat­ter in a large-scale so­cial ex­per­i­ment.

They need to be ca­pa­ble of hard work, and they need the in­tel­li­gence to make ends meet for four weeks.

This is the story of what life was like for the peo­ple who lived in the slums and how their plight came to the at­ten­tion of the world and gave birth to a fledg­ling wel­fare sys­tem.

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