Further Back in Time for Dinner, episode 3

The 1920s!

Skip the first 2 minutes to skip spoilers, reminders, etc.
The house has had another update and unfortunately they don’t go int many details, just a few seconds of before and after shots.
The decorators have gone for a rather modern 1920s interior, lots of Art Deco.
Which is nice but wouldn’t have been that common in the 1920s.
Most people had a few modern items but would also have still had many older things too.
To have the interior we see this week you’d have to be someone who could have afforded to completely refurbish the entire home in one go.
New wallpaper, furniture, floors, etc.
Something most people couldn’t and still can’t afford.
It is also all very clean and tidy.
The home just feels a bit like a display home, something from a brochure, too complete.
There is something missing but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

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For the first time the gas cooker doesn’t look too much out of place even though again they haven’t gone for a proper 1920s one.
Which is a shame as these are still widely available and electric cooking was quite popular as well and those are relatively easy to convert to modern standards, compared to gas cookers anyway.
But the kitchen fittings don’t look very authentic, clearly some MDF made to order but with magnetic catches.

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Here is our lovely family again, once more the Robshaws look pretty decent in their historical outfit. Two out of the three ladies hats are also a little wonky, not quite worn the way they should have been worn I think or perhaps just too small.

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Now for the first time our family gets electrical lights in the home… or at least so we’re told.
We know that in previous episodes the candles were mostly for decoration, no gas light was used and yet the home was too bright.
Can you imagine how great the change would have been if the family had really had lived the previous 20 days without breaks in the modern world (they get some time off between episodes) and without tv lights everywhere?

Debbie has escaped domestic servitude so now Mrs. Robshaw has to do the cooking herself.
But Debbie isn’t completely gone yet.
To my surprise and delight she returns, or technically, we return to her because she has left the Robshaw household but we follow her adventures elsewhere.
She needs a new job!
I think this is brilliant, really well done production team.
Of course they couldn’t have predicted how much TV viewers would love Debbie but it is just a generally original and interesting idea to lets us keep an eye on one of the participants who left the house early on and see what would have happened to her.
A great excuse to add fun and interesting experiences she may have that might not have fitted into the household narrative but also a good way to tell some historical background information that also is not directly related to our Robshaw family.

The Role Poly is a disaster, I would have used greaseproof paper, just like last ‘decade’, there seems to be a shortage of this material, while it has so many brilliant uses.
It could have saved Mrs. Robshaw once or twice.

The food looks good although the pudding looks, shall we say, peculiar.
But in the end the taste matters most and the family is happy.

Starting the day with a good stiff drink is a swell idea!
Such fun cocktails are, they sure knew how to drink back then.

Of course they’re making the family organise a little event, just in case their experience wasn’t challenging enough.
A cocktail party!
Well whatever it takes, any excuse to drink!
And now Mr. Robshaw gets to learn about cocktails, knowledge every gentleman should possess.

God I need a drink.

The party begins, I wish they found a 1920s looking Dixieland band.
And those doors look weird, I guess sliding doors was too much work?
A few friends in modern clothes have been invited, goodness, how do I say this without being impolite, mhm, modern clothes look a bit, well, silly compared to the glamour and class of the 20s outfits.
Sorry.

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This whole ‘gay 20s’ vibe is fun and although it all did happen, it is of course also a bit of an exaggeration.
Life went on, people didn’t all suddenly started drinking cocktails and dancing the Charleston all day.
For most people in the 1920s, life was nothing like the one the Robshaws are experiencing.

Another very nice surprise, Debbie has found a job… she works behind the counter at the local shop!
Such fun!
Great way to keep Debbie part of the project.
Mrs. Robshaw tried to get her to become a maid again, no luck, alas.

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Back to the tin openers, who seem to be a whole new type of challenge for Mrs. Robshaw.

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Not sure many 1920s housewives would have used a dirty rusty plate like that though.

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And I know it is a lot of work, but that Corn Flakes box could have done with a digital clean up before printing it.

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It is great to bring the two girls to a dance hall and give them a 1920s dancing show, but this modern ball room dancing has very little to do with the real 1920s.
The way modern ballroom dancers mimic the 1920s dances is over the top, its show.
Not to mention the clothes they wear, nothing 1920s about them.
But luckily we don’t get too much of that, the daughters get a decent first lesson of Charleston and do a pretty good job of it too.
It is a spiffy dance!

Another dinner party, without the kids.
Where are they during these recordings?
Properly hiding in their bedrooms reading books and doing their homework, down the local Jazz joint… or at their regular home behind the computer checking their emails while wearing jeans?

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Debbie has another job, fish & chips!
Delicious.
And back then people didn’t go all wimpy about eating it from a newspaper, as one should!
Mind you, fish & chips had been around for a long time by the 1920s.

Not so sure about that Jaffa Cakes packaging.

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1928, all adult women get the right to vote… about time to!

The show seems to succeed in showing what an exciting era it was, people must have been so excited about the world ahead, positive, optimism, progress.
I wish I remembered how that felt.

One more party, Debbie comes back to help out.
Cocktails, jazz, finger food.

The Robshaws loved the 1920s, lots of fun for everyone.
It wasn’t called a Golden Age for nothing I guess.
And press stop now if you don’t want next week episode ruined by spoilers.

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