Filming this summer, Further Back in Time for Dinner is a series for BBC2 in which participants will get to experience first-hand how Londoners past lived and dined from day to day.
Wall to Wall produce a variety of drama and factual television, most notably Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC) and Long Lost Family (ITV).
They have also made two living history series for BBC2 – Back in Time for Dinner and Back in Time for the Weekend. Presented by Giles Coren and social historian Dr Polly Russell, they explored post-war Britain through the prism of food and leisure time. The programmes followed a modern family as they lived through each decade from the 50s to the 90s with their home, clothes and diet all transformed accordingly. Everything they did was underpinned by historical data that detailed real spending and eating habits of each period.
They were both extremely well received and were among the channel’s top rating factual shows last year, averaging 3 million viewers a week.
They are now looking for a family to immerse themselves for a new series. This time the family will go further back in time to the early 20th century and then on through five decades of dramatic history, experiencing for themselves how British families lived and ate in the years before modern technology and conveniences.
They are aiming to find a family with a minimum of two children, each of whom should be aged 8+. Those with an interest in food and lots of availability over the summer are particularly welcomed, as are families with older teenagers. Applicants need only email firstname.lastname@example.org with a contact number and they will automatically be sent an application form. We plan to finish casting by mid-June and have a casting meeting with the BBC in the next week or two, so the sooner they apply, the better chance they have.
As well as being an educational experience, it is a chance to spend time together as a family and an opportunity like no other, as Brandon Robshaw – the Dad from series one – describes in his article for The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/new-bbc-series-savours-half-a-century-of-food-in-britain-from-vesta-curries-to-nouvelle-cuisine-10071775.html