The Se­cret His­tory of My Fam­ily BBC2, 8pm

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

The doc­u­men­tary chart­ing so­cial his­tory over the cen­turies tells the story of an Ed­war­dian fam­ily locked in ben­e­fit de­pen­dency, and of a mother who was ac­cused of a shock­ing crime against her own child. Su­san Nel­son and her fam­ily live on gov­ern­ment wel­fare – did her de­scen­dants fol­low a sim­i­lar path or did they man­age to move up in life? As the film re­veals, more than 100 years on, some of them still rely on ben­e­fits, while oth­ers have freed their fam­i­lies from the grind­ing poverty of their an­ces­tor.

Alexan­dra Bar­cus

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