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My 200 years of family fortunes

4 March 2016 10:29 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Film-maker Joseph Bullman followed the fortunes of several families from the 19th century, to find out how their descendants are faring today

Take three sisters from Victorian London – disadvantaged and up against it, they turn to pickpocketing and petty crime to support themselves and their families. Look, too, at a young pauper whose widowed mother and siblings had been forced into the workhouse, though he was rescued from that fate himself by a benevolent, well-to-do matron.

Now, spool forward 200 years. Where are the descendants of these people today? Have two centuries of social change and educational opportunities altered the lives of subsequent generations? Are “bad lot” families always a bad lot who repeat their mistakes, down through the generations? Or have the decades and centuries changed these families, economically and socially?

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- Joanna Moorhead

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