A House Through Time

Confirmed for BBC Two on 8 April at 9pm to 10pm

Ep 1/4

Monday 8 April



In the second series of this award-nominated BBC history series, broadcaster and historian David Olusoga uncovers the history of another house, this time in Newcastle.

Tracing its residents’ stories back 200 years, he reveals real-life drama ranging from burglary to bigamy, and investigates characters including a vengeful lawyer, a scientist faced with financial ruin, and a doctor entangled in a workhouse scandal.

In episode one David pays his first visit to the Georgian end-of-terrace property on Ravensworth Terrace, in Newcastle upon Tyne’s West End. The current owners of the house, Damian and Suzi, know little of their home’s history, but with its grand fireplaces and lofty proportions, the house offers a tantalising glimpse into the past.

The house’s first long-term resident was local lawyer and family man, William Stoker. Searching the records for evidence of Stoker, David is surprised to discover his name in an 1835 edition of the local newspaper, in a report of a theft - and is keen to know more.

David also discovers details of the next four residents: Joshua Alder, who moved into Ravensworth Terrace in 1841 with his sister Mary after selling his cheesemonger business to fund a new career as a scientist; plus a well-to-do newly-wed couple, Nicholas and Mary Sarah Hardcastle. Nicholas is a doctor recently appointed Medical Officer to the local workhouse, treating the poorest people in Newcastle society.