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Eon Straddler, time traveller, and his hapless assistant take four short trips back in time to pre-history, through Ancient Greece, Regency England and back to the present day. Wherever they stop, they consider the evolution of cutlery from a tool to 'kill and cut' to a set of instruments that spoke volumes about the prestige of the owner. In a light-hearted and humorous approach, we learn about the contextual and stylistic influences on both the 'look' and function of the objects.
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First broadcast:
9 February 2010

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used as part of the children’s DT work where they are asked to design and make a new piece of cutlery for the future, using the clip to evaluate existing products already on the market. For a History topic the children could draw a timeline of cutlery through the years, its purpose and the types of food eaten over the years. This could also be used with a selection of cutlery pictures and the children have to write the function of each piece of cutlery.