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The 70s

A family gives up its 21st-century technology and travels back in time. Rob and Steph share more time together, playing darts with Eric Bristow.

Like many modern families, the Ashby-Hawkins home is stuffed full of tablets, computers, phones and gadgets to distract them in their spare time. But for one summer, they agreed to give up all their 21st-century technology and travel back in time to discover the radical transformation of our leisure time since 1950.

The family's own home becomes their time machine as they are transported back to a different decade each week. Guided by presenters Giles Coren and social historian Polly Russell, the family's entire experience is underpinned by the Family Expenditure Survey, a government study which ran from the 1950s right through to 1999. The survey's detailed spending records give us the best possible clue as to what families were doing with their leisure time across the five decades.

In episode three, the Ashby-Hawkins family strut into the 70s and discover there were some unexpected upsides to the economic and political turmoil the decade is often remembered for.

Rob and Steph share more time together, playing darts with 70s legend Eric Bristow and taking on some period-appropriate home improvement - cork tiles, anyone? Daughter Daisy lets her hair down at a roller disco with DJ Trevor Nelson, who recalls his own 70s childhood, and the family receive a visit from Top Gear's original presenter Angela Rippon, bringing them a brand new Renault 5 and the opportunity to go camping, 70s-style.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 10 Jun 2020 19:00

Music Played

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

  • 00:05

    Diana Ross

    Ain't No Mountain High Enough

  • 00:18

    Winifred Atwell

    Black & White Rag ('Snooker' Theme Tune)

  • 00:22

    Sidney Torch, New Century Orchestra

    Barnacle Bill

  • 00:27

    Herbie Hancock


  • 00:27

    Mike Oldfield

    Tubular Bells

  • 00:30

    The Who

    Baba O'Riley

  • 00:32

    Neil Diamond

    Sweet Caroline

  • 00:35

    David Bowie

    Golden Years

  • 00:35

    Elton John

    Philadelphia Freedom

  • 00:37

    Labi Siffre

    I Got The (Blues)

  • 00:38

    Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony

    The Hustle

  • 00:44

    Bill Withers

    Lovely Day

  • 00:46


    Die Roboter (Original Album Version)

  • 00:47


    The Robots

  • 00:49

    Bee Gees

    Stayin' Alive

  • 00:51


    Everybody Dance

  • 00:54

    Earth, Wind & Fire



Role Contributor
Presenter Giles Coren
Expert Polly Russell
Executive Producer Emily Shields
Series Producer Nancy Bornat
Director Tom McCarthy
Producer Tom McCarthy
Production Company Wall to Wall Media


Back in Time...

Back in Time...

Families travel back in time to experience how food, leisure and society has transformed.