The 1940s House (2001– )

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Reality show. A couple, their daughter and two grandchildren volunteer to spend several weeks living under wartime conditions. That includes clothing, learning to live with rationing (12 ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Himself - Narrator (2 episodes, 2001)
Piers Brendon ...
 Himself - Keeper of the Churchill Archives (2 episodes, 2001)
Guy de la Bédoyère ...
 Himself - Historian (2 episodes, 2001)
Ben Hymers ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001)
Kirstie Hymers ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 2001)
Lyn Hymers ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 2001)
Michael Hymers ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001)
Thomas Hymers ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001)
Susan Jebb ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 2001)
Norman Longmate ...
 Himself - Historian (2 episodes, 2001)


Reality show. A couple, their daughter and two grandchildren volunteer to spend several weeks living under wartime conditions. That includes clothing, learning to live with rationing (12 ounces of candy a month, 4 ounces of ham a week etc) and digging up the back yard partly for extra vegetables and partly for an "Anderson" air raid shelter. Several historians and "experts" formed a War cabinet to direct events, and push the family went through 6 years of war in those weeks. Written by garryq

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2 January 2001 (UK)  »

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21 September 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Michael Hymers has had what he calls a healthy interest in the 1940s. His wife Lyn, and his daughter Kirstie call it an obsession.

Although their own house is decorated in different decades, 1940s Living Room, 1950s kitchen....etc. Michael's boyhood dream has been to go back in time and live the 1940s homefront experience.

His dream comes true. He with his wife, daughter and two grandsons Ben and Thomas go to live the summer in a house specially decorated and equipped as it would have been in pre-war Britain.

Lyn is my favorite of the family.

With having to deal with the point system for food, air raids, rations, no telephone, no car, one bath a week (5 inches of water), a husband going away to work, doing volunteer work, washing clothes in the sink, hoping to find vegetables in the garden, cooking with almost no ingredients, keeping the house immaculate with sometimes no soap of any kind, no tooth powder, and spending some nights in the Anderson shelter, Lyn carries on. She was a delight to watch.

Her daughter Kirstie who also does housework, cooking, volunteer work, taking care of her children is just splendid.

Her sons are endearing and not at all bratty.

Lyn's husband Michael (dad to Kirstie and grampy Mick to Ben and Tom) is the GENTLEman who works hard and is loving as well. He enjoys teaching the children about Spitfire airplanes. They even made up a board game about the War.

Now I'm an American who up to seeing 1940s House had no interest whatsoever in wartime Britain. Let me tell you, it is so fascinating!

If you get the chance to watch this series, you won't regret it!

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