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The Robshaws experience a thoroughly modern decade as they enter the 20s. They get a taste of the age's racy reputation as they host a jazz party with a menu of 14 cocktails.

The Robshaw family are experienced time travellers, but this time they are going further back than they have ever been before - to the turn of the 20th century, to discover how the food we ate and the way we ate it helped shape the modern family. An ordinary house in south London is their time machine, transporting them through five decades and two world wars. Guided by presenters Giles Coren and social historian Polly Russell, they trace the incredible changes to Britain's diet and the extraordinary social transformation they reveal.

This time, the Robshaws experience a thoroughly modern decade as they enter the 1920s. They get their first taste of the racy reputation of the age as they host a jazz age party fuelled by a menu of 14 different cocktails. The decade has something new for everyone, with sweet treats for Fred, spicy food for Brandon in a 1920s curry house, and the kicks and tricks of the charleston for Miranda and Ros with Strictly's James and Ola Jordan. Rochelle has a new role too - as a modern housewife, no longer a lady of leisure, there is a lot of work to do in the kitchen now that Debbie has found new work in a grocers and a fish and chip shop.

In this decade of rapid changes, corsets are gone, hemlines are raised and, at the dinner table, there are plenty of modern conveniences, with a completely tinned dinner, the wonder of Pyrex and the launch of some very familiar brands.

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 22 Oct 2017 19:00

Music Played

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

  • 00:15

    Al Jolson

    Baby Face

  • 00:16

    Benny Goodman

    Stompin' at the Savoy

    Performer: Kenny Clarke. Performer: Thelonious Monk. Performer: Charlie Christian. Composer: Edgar Sampson.
  • 00:30

    Piccadilly Revels Band

    Ain't She Sweet?

  • 00:31

    Ethel Walters

    Sweet Georgia Brown

  • 00:32

    Louis Armstrong

    Ain't Misbehavin'

  • 00:34

    Ted Weems and His Orchestra

    She's Got It

  • 00:37

    Chris Barber

    Original Charleston Strut

  • 00:38

    Paul Whiteman

    The Charleston

  • 00:46

    Louis Armstrong

    Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea

  • 00:49

    The Boswell Sisters

    We're On The Highway To Heaven

  • 00:50

    Paul Whiteman

    Happy Feet

  • 00:51

    Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges

    Basin Street Blues

    Performer: Harry “Sweets” Edison. Performer: Les Spann. Performer: Sam Jones. Performer: Jo Jones. Performer: Duke Ellington. Performer: Johnny Hodges.
  • 00:52

    Duke Ellington

    Cotton Club Stomp

  • 00:54

    Fred Astaire

    Puttin' On The Ritz

  • 00:58

    Duke Ellington

    It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

    Singer: Ivie Anderson. Orchestra: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra.
  • 00:58

    Louis Armstrong

    When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)


Role Contributor
Presenter Giles Coren
Presenter Polly Russell
Participant Leah Wood
Participant Ola Jordan
Participant James Jordan
Executive Producer Emily Shields
Executive Producer Emma Hindley
Series Producer Nancy Bornat
Producer Rosie O'Connor
Director Rosie O'Connor
Editor David Richards
Production Company Wall to Wall Media


  • Tue 7 Feb 2017 20:00
  • Fri 10 Feb 2017 23:05
  • Wed 22 Mar 2017 02:55
  • Fri 20 Oct 2017 19:00
  • Sat 21 Oct 2017 18:00
  • Sun 22 Oct 2017 19:00

Back in Time... watch clips from previous series

Back in Time... watch clips from previous series

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