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Victorian Slum House Premieres

Posted by Elyssa Steffenson on

If you were a fan of Manor House, 1900s House, Frontier House or Colonial House, we have a treat for you this May! We’re premiering a 5-part show on May 2 called Victorian Slum House and it’s in the same reality-show style as those UK and US classics.


Victorian Slum House takes viewers back to the British slums of the 1800s, where a group of modern-day families, couples and individuals recreate life in London’s East End. Faced with the virtually impossible task of earning enough money to pay the rent and put food on the table, Victorian Slum House participants experience first-hand the tough living and working conditions endured by the millions that made up the urban poor in Victorian Britain. It’s an eye-opening experience for the participants as they each confront the harsh realities of the past and together lay the groundwork for welfare reform in the 20th century.


Here’s a rundown of the episodes and airdates:


Episode 1 – The 1860s

Tuesday, May 2, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Participates get settled in their tiny tenement – which has sparse rooms, outhouses and one shared water pump – and get to work as matchbox makers, wood turners and more.


Episode 2 – The 1870s

Tuesday, May 9, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

The arrival of Irish migrants seeking work creates a dire economic depression. See how the slum dwellers work to fulfill clothing orders and make artificial flowers for factories. Will the participants be able to pay their debts?


Episode 3 – The 1880s

Tuesday, May 16, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Despite unemployment and poor conditions, people flock to London for work. When curious upper-class visitors are permitted to visit the slum as tourists, the participants realize how precarious their situation truly is.


Episode 4 – The 1890s

Tuesday, May 23, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Mass manufacturing and social reform offer a bit of home for residents while others face a water shortage that dashes hope for a laundry business.


Episode 5 – The 1900s

Tuesday, May 30, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Social change moves into the slums as the 20th century rolls around. A few families prosper, but others continue to face major poverty. See what steps are finally taken to alleviate the plight of the poor.