“ Televisison Programme / Broadcaster: BBC1 / Genre: Drama „
When I first saw this advertised I knew it was something I wanted to watch. The series was shown over the past week on BBC 1 in the afternoons. It is still available to watch on catch up so if you like the sound of it then I suggest you give it a watch soon!
The series begins with a voice over by a man named Frank, he explains the story begins in 1931 the year before he was born. We meet his family before he arrived and then we also see Franks life in 2011 when his family are now living in the house.
In 1931, Gracie is the woman of the house. She spends all day cooking and cleaning and trying her hardest to make the money stretch to feed herself, her husband, her mother and her two daughters. Her husband Walter does go out to work but he has a gambling habit and therefore often money does not go far. Gracie's mother does not approve of Walter and therefore nags at Gracie all day about his habits.
In 2011, Frank is now almost 70 and he has his daughter Ellie living with him in order to look after him. Her husband Nick also lives there along with his daughter Poppy who is 15. Ellie and Nick are trying desperately for a baby but unfortunately they have had no luck so far. Poppy adores Frank and they get on really well, he enjoys telling her his tales.
I was initially drawn to this series as I thought it would be similar to Marchlands in the fact that it showed families over different periods of time but in the same house. I knew it wouldn't be a thriller type programme (especially not as it was on at 2:15 in the afternoon each day!) but I still thought it looked interesting.
I was hooked on the story from the start and found myself eagerly awaiting each days episode. I found the characters lives so captivating and because the series started with a snippet of what was to come I was desperate to see how things came about so this particular thing could happen and also who it happened to. Initially I thought that I had guessed what would happen however it turned out I was wrong!
I thought both the 1931 storyline and the 2011 storyline were equally as good. In the 2011 phase there is a sub plot which was not so much to do with the family living in the house so this provided something else to focus on aswell as the main story.
The acting in the series was very good. I had seen only a couple of the actors in other things but all acting was to an equally high standard.
The plot flowed well and I really enjoyed watching how things unravelled throughout the week. I think this series was too good to be aired at this time of day and instead the BBC should have kept it for a prime time series as I believe it was very well done.
If you like the sound of it, I really recommend tracking it down on iplayer as I thought it was a brilliant watch.