Ambitious new 4-part series for BBC 2, The House
Paul Honey, whose 2017 documentary commissions include Andrew Marr: My Brain and Me (BBC 2) and the forthcoming Sky One series My Wonderful Life, is to score The House, an exciting new history series for BBC Two.
The House tells the story of a single, typical Victorian townhouse from the time it was built in 1838 until the present day.
Beginning on the steps of the four-storey home in Liverpool, the presenter, David Olusoga (pictured), traces the lives of the many residents who, across 200 years of history, lived within its four walls.
Using painstaking detective work – professional records and archives, contemporary documents and the help of expert witnesses the series uncovers the stories of the individuals and families who lived in this Grade II-listed terraced house, from the fashionable merchant who first moved in during the early 1840s to the dockers who lived there at the height of the Liverpool Blitz.
Over four episodes, The House will paint a unique portrait of Britain – one that connects a single house to the fortunes of a city, a nation and ultimately the wider world, and how history affects its residents.
Binding together the intimate and the grand, the detective work will paint the house’s residents onto a greater canvas of history as the residents are affected by changes in global politics, economics and immigration.
The House (4×60′) is being made by Twenty Twenty Productions. The Executive Producer is Maxine Watson and the Series Producer is Mary Crisp.