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A family and their home are stripped of modern technology to live a life of decades past. While recreating the 1970s, they endure a spell without central heating.

A family and their home are stripped of all their modern technology to live a life of decades past.

The family must live through the digital wilderness of the 1970s at a rate of a year per day, starting in 1970. They have their very own technical support team to source and supply them with the vintage technology that would have been available to British households during the decade.

By modern standards the 1970s are decidedly low-tech and the family face many challenges. They endure a spell without central heating and get to grips with the suburban favourite, the teasmade. They see the effects of 70s industrial unrest on their home when they experience a power cut and home entertainment becomes even more limited when their newly-arrived colour television breaks down.

But it's not all grim - the arrival of chopper bikes, the first video game and a mix-tape expert who shows them how to create the soundtrack for their very own slide show all help to prove that life in the 1970s had its upside too.

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Mon 7 Mar 2011 03:15

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Gary Numan

    Are Friends Electric?

    Performer: Tubeway Army.
  • Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakey

    Together In Electric Dreams

  • Sister Sledge

    We Are Family

  • David Bowie


  • Norman Greenbaum

    Spirit In The Sky

  • Simon & Garfunkel

    The Boxer

  • Free

    All Right Now

  • Cat Stevens

    Morning Has Broken

  • Rose Royce

    Car Wash

  • Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

    Taste of Honey

  • The Mixtures

    The Pushbike Song

  • Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

    Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)

    • Come Up and See Me.
  • Middle of the Road

    Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

  • David Bowie


  • T. Rex

    Born to Boogie

  • Roxy Music

    A Song for Europe

  • Cilla Black

    Something Tells Me (Something's Gonna Happen Tonight)

  • Amii Stewart

    Knock On Wood

  • Queen

    Bicycle Race

  • Renaissance

    Northern Lights

  • The Isley Brothers

    Harvest for the World

  • Johnny Nash

    I Can See Clearly Now

  • Tony Evans Orchestra

    Black & White Rag

  • David Bowie

    Sound And Vision

  • Kraftwerk

    The Model

  • Sex Pistols

    God Save The Queen

  • Gary Numan


  • Bay City Rollers

    Summertime Sensation

  • Kraftwerk


  • Kraftwerk

    The Robots

  • Earth, Wind & Fire

    Boogie Wonderland (feat. The Emotions)


Role Contributor
Director Stuart Elliot
Producer Cate Hall