How We Used To Live - Series guide 

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How We Used To Live
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Welcome to this site where you can find out all about the popular television series from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s - How We Used To Live.

Latest: 28th August - Updates some errors on 1936-53 listing.

15th July 2009 - Updated information on 2 series (Victorians: Early & Late / Expansion: Trade & Industry). Also added screenshots for the Early & Late Victorians series. Keep an eye on the site - I will update more over time!


How We Used To Live: Late Victorians           


Series 1: The Victorians (Black & White)
information is coming soon.

Writers: Peter Hunt, Joy Thwaites, Peter Lewis, Carol Thunstrom, Charles Leigh Bennett, Michael Halifax and Anna Lynham.
Producers: Peter Hunt, Barry Cockcroft, W. Verity, Charles Leigh Bennett, Hugh Pain.
Directors: Charles Leigh Bennett and John Lundsten.

Presenters: Polly Elwes, Jess Yates, Jimmy Hanley, Ramond Mason, John Edmunds, Redvers Kyle, Geoffrey Wheeler.

Cast: Margaret Chapman, Lorraine Peters, Harry Chapman, Bev Jones, Carol Bently, Raymond Gatenby, Susan Wadkin, Roger Bennett, Fred Crossley, Barbara Kellerman, Peter Ellis, Vicki Sinclair, Harry Towb, Rita Howard, Diana Davis, Peter Firth and Ann Aris.

Episode List:

  • The Big House (First transmitted: 24-09-68)
  • The Small House (First transmitted: 01-10-68)
  • House In The Middle (First transmitted: 08-10-68)
  • The Parlour (First transmitted: 15-10-68)
  • The Bedroom (First transmitted: 22-10-68)
  • Kitchen (First transmitted: 05-11-68)
  • What's Cooking? (First transmitted: 12-11-68)
  • Spick And Span (First transmitted: 19-11-68)
  • Lighting The Lamp (First transmitted: 26-11-68)
  • Festive Season (First transmitted: 01-12-68)


  • Keeping Warm (First transmitted: 14-01-69)
  • Keeping In Touch (First transmitted: 21-01-69)
  • Evenings At Home (First transmitted: 28-01-69)
  • When We Were Ill (First transmitted: 02-02-69)
  • Shopping (First transmitted: 11-02-69)
  • Growing Up At Home (First transmitted: 25-02-69)
  • Going To School (First transmitted: 04-03-69)
  • On The Road (First transmitted: 11-03-69)
  • Travelling By Train (First transmitted: 18-03-69)
  • Sunday - The Day Of Rest (First transmitted: 25-03-69)


  • In The Country (First transmitted: 29-04-69)
  • In The Garden (First transmitted: 06-05-69)
  • Sport (First transmitted: 13-05-69)
  • Clothes And Occasions (First transmitted: 20-05-69)
  • At The Seaside (First transmitted: 03-06-69)
  • Summing Up (First transmitted: 10-06-69)


  • In The Street (First transmitted: 21-02-73)
  • Children And The Law (First transmitted: 07-03-73)
  • On The Farm (First transmitted: 09-05-73)



How We Used To Live: 1908-1945            


Series 2: 1908-1945 - The Edwardians
covered the periods 1908-1918 (Autumn term 1975) and 1925-1945 (Spring Term 1976). The first half of the series centres round the Ackerley family. Albert, the father, is an assistant at a printing works. He earns 22/- per week. His son Harry takes a job as a grocers boy, earning 5/- per week. The rent of their terraced house, with gas and water laid on, is 6/- per week. Albertís wife Daisey must make the rest of the income cover food, fuel and clothing. Jane, their daughter, is still at school until the age of 14 when she goes to work as a housemaid in a middle class home. The later episodes (1925 onwards) see the Dawson family move into the house occupied by the Ackerley family. Stanley Dawson, the father, works as a stores clerk in a factory, earning £3/2/6 per week. He becomes unemployed in the thirties and he, his wife Doris and son Gerald are forced to rely on the earnings of daughter Marjorie, who works as a library assistant. The Boothroyds move into the terraced house just before World War Two. Later programmes in the series describe how they cope with the varied hazards of civilian life in wartime Britain.

Writer: Freda Kelsall
Producer: Richard Handford
Director: Richard Handford

Cast: Peter Ellis (Albert Ackerley), Lorraine Peters (Daisy Ackerley), Bernard Padden (Harry Acklerley), Jane Hutcheson (Jane Acklerley), Alison Mead (Mrs Nuttall), Bert Gaunt (Mr Hebden), Hope Johnstone (Mrs Emery), John McGregor (Doctor Matthews), Jill Summers (Grandma Bond), Peter Firmani (Uncle Victor), Gwyn Gray (Edith Acklerley), Simon Clarke (Tom Wheelwright), Ted Morris (Stanley Dawson), Olive Pendleton (Doris Dawson), Bryan Cook (Stephen Nuttall), Joanne Whalley/Diane Mewse (Marjorie Dawson), David Unsworth/David Clayforth (Gerald Dawson), Trevor Smith (Ted Boothroyd), Diana Davies (Alice Boothroyd), Peter Schofield (George Boothroyd), Debbie Bowers (Betty Boothroyd), Andrea Gibbins (Sylvia Boothroyd).

Episode List:

  • Moving Day (First transmitted: 22-09-75)
  • Hard At Work (First transmitted: 29-09-75)
  • Still At School (First transmitted: 06-10-75)
  • A Home For Grandma (First transmitted: 13-10-75)
  • Evening Out (First transmitted: 20-10-75)
  • Jane's First Job (First transmitted: 03-11-75)
  • A Day In The Country (First transmitted: 10-11-75)
  • Vote For Mum (First transmitted: 17-11-75)
  • Going For A Soldier (First transmitted: 24-11-75)
  • Armistice (First transmitted: 01-12-75)


  • On The Air (First transmitted: 12-01-76)
  • On Strike (First transmitted: 19-01-76)
  • On The Mains (First transmitted: 26-01-76)
  • On The Dole (First transmitted: 02-02-76)
  • All At Sea (First transmitted: 09-02-76)
  • Blackout (First transmitted: 23-02-76)
  • Invasion (First transmitted: 01-03-76)
  • Blitz (First transmitted: 08-03-76)
  • In Short Supply (First transmitted: 15-03-76)
  • Victory (First transmitted: 22-03-76)



How We Used To Live: 1874-1887            


Series 3: 1874-1887 - Late Victorians
covers a thirteen year period, namely the years 1874-1887. This series was first broadcast in 1978/1979. This series contrasts the fortunes of three families that although linked, have very different lives. Dr Hughes has a successful medical practice in middle-class Upper Bradley. His fee-paying patients live in the better of town, or in the country houses on the outskirts. He gives some of his time to the Bradley Free Hospital, and, as Medical Officer of Health, is appalled by conditions in poor working-class areas. His wife, his son and youngest daughter live comfortable lives in a large house with their every need taken care of by the hired help- namely housekeeper Mrs Tandy, Annie Fairhurst and Nanny. The Hughes eldest daughter, Dora, is married to Captain Bertram Selwyn. His father is the squire of Westmoor (a role Bertram is required to fulfil after the death of his father). They have two children: Humphrey (born in 1874) and Sophie (born 1881). The lifestyles of the middle class Hughes and mildly aristocratic Selwyn families is in sharp contrast to that of the Fairhurstís. Ben and Mary Fairhurst are poor working class mill workers with more children than they can afford to feed. Annie, the eldest, is in service for Dr Hughes. Among the other children are Matt, Flo, Maudie, Tommy, Dinah as well as the others who died young.

Writer: Freda Kelsall
Producer: Richard Handford
Director: Richard Handford

Cast: James Tomlinson (Doctor Hughes), Tessa Worsley (Mrs Hughes), Ashley Barker (Edmund Hughes), Joanne Whalley (Sarah Hughes), Brenda Hall (Mrs Tandy), Lorraine Peters (Nanny), Haydn Conway (Matt Fairhurst), Alison Ambler (Annie Fairhurst), Jane Southwell (Mrs Fairhurst), Jeannie Hammersleigh (Dora Selwyn), David Ross (Captain Selwyn), Peter Ellis (Ben Fairhurst), Harry Beety (Grimshaw), David Huscroft (Doctor Wallace), Joan Heath (Mrs Purkiss), Christopher Irvin (Reginald Farnworth), Ted Morris (Reverend Charles), Alick Hayes (Squire Selwyn), Jill Summers (Naomi Broughton), Bert Palmer (Abel Broughton), Kathy Jones (Flo Fairhurst), Rachel Ambler (Maudie Fairhurst)..

Episode List:

  • New Arrivals (First transmitted: 18-09-78)
  • Too Old For Nanny (First transmitted: 25-09-78)
  • Too Young For The Mill (First transmitted: 02-10-78)
  • Never Too Late To Learn (First transmitted: 09-10-78)
  • Daily Round (First transmitted: 16-10-78)
  • Evening Hours (First transmitted: 23-10-78)
  • The Pledge (First transmitted: 06-11-78)
  • Mud Land (First transmitted: 13-11-78)
  • Going To The Poll (First transmitted: 20-11-78)
  • Christmas (First transmitted: 27-11-78)


  • Remember The Sabbath (First transmitted: 15-01-79)
  • On The Parish (First transmitted: 22-01-79)
  • The Spa (First transmitted: 29-01-79)
  • Fit For A Lady (First transmitted: 05-02-79)
  • Ideas Unlimited (First transmitted: 2-02-79)
  • Let The Punishment Fit The Crime (First transmitted: 26-02-79)
  • Green And Pleasant Land (First transmitted: 05-03-79)
  • God Bless The Squire (First transmitted: 12-03-79)
  • Proposals (First transmitted: 19-03-79)
  • Wedding Bells (First transmitted: 26-03-79)



How We Used To Live: 1936-1953            


Series 4: 1936-1953 - World War 2
covered the period from 1936 until after the Second World War 1953. It centred around the lower middle-class Hodgkins family. First broadcast in 1981/82, this series embraces the events during the reign of George VI as they affected the family of Arthur Hodgkins, a railwayman living in Bradley. Along with his housewife Mabel and his four children, Patricia, Jimmy, Avril & Edward, they endure the hardships of the Second World War.

Writer: Freda Kelsall
Producer: David H Wilson
Directors: Frank W Smith and David H Wilson.

Cast: John Keyworth (Arthur Hodgkins), Diana Davies (Mabel Hodgkins), Gary Carp/Mark Uttley (Jimmy Hodgkins), Julie Shipley (Patricia Hodgkins), Joanna Kennedy/Rachel Ambler (Avril Hodgkins), Daniel Swayne/Tamlyn Robins/Christopher Ley Rose/Richard Revell/Phillip Batty/ (Edward Hodgkins), Ray Dunbobbin (Mr Taylor), Lorraine Sass (Mary Halliwell), Valerie Shute (Sarah Levinson), Anthony Schaeffer (David Levinson), Frances Cox (Mrs Battersby), Doreen Sloane (Mrs Maitland), Jay Benedict (Anton Podemski), Nicholas Fry (Bruce Maitland), Christopher Irvin (Laurence Butterworth), Carol Reeve (Esme Birkett), Patsy Blower (Eileen Birkett), Norman Mitchell (Alf Birkett).

Episode List:

  • Head Of The Family (First transmitted: 23-09-81)
  • Counting The Cost (First transmitted: 30-09-81)
  • Holiday With Pay (First transmitted: 07-10-81)
  • Hospital Case (First transmitted: 14-10-81)
  • Goodnight Children Everywhere (First transmitted: 21-10-81)
  • Home From Home (First transmitted: 04-11-81)
  • Stars And Stripes (First transmitted: 11-11-81)
  • Make Do And Mend (First transmitted: 18-11-81)
  • Take A Man's Place (First transmitted: 25-11-81)
  • Peace On Earth (First transmitted: 02-12-81)


  • Let Us Face The Future (First transmitted: 13-01-82)
  • Full Supporting Programme (First transmitted: 20-01-82)
  • Cold Comfort (First transmitted: 27-01-82)
  • A New Look (First transmitted: 03-02-82)
  • Full Steam Ahead (First transmitted: 10-02-82)
  • On The National Health (First transmitted: 17-02-82)
  • On The Move (First transmitted: 03-03-82)
  • A Tonic For The Nation (First transmitted: 10-03-82)
  • We Have Travelled A Hard Road (First transmitted: 17-03-82)
  • Your Undoubted Queen (First transmitted: 24-03-82)



How We Used To Live: 1902-1926            


Series 5: 1902-1926 - Edwardians
was filmed and broadcast in 1984. It covered the major events and social changes from the end of the Boer War in 1902 to the General Strike of 1926. The series tells the story of the friendship between two families of children who meet in Sunday school. The Holroyds, Maurice, Charlotte and Alexander are middle class. Their father owns the local textile mill. The Selbys, Maggie, Tom, Freddy, Albert and Alice are poor. Their father is a drunkard, their mother works long hours in the mill to support them. As they grow up into young adults, their lives become intertwined and the relationship, sometimes strained, shows the huge social changes which affected people in Britain during this time.

Writer: Freda Kelsall
Producer: Ian Fell
Directors: Carol Wilks and Ian Fell.

Cast: Brenda Elder (Sarah Selby), Jane Hazlegrove/Kathy Jamieson (Maggie Selby), Cy Chadwick/Peter Howitt (Tom Selby), David Scase (George Holroyd), Mark Trippleton/Paul Gabriel (Maurice Holroyd), Wendy Jane Walker/Sue Jenkins (Charlotte Holroyd), Simon Steed/David Michaels (Alexander Holroyd), Kevin Wallace (Patrick Brady), Luke Harris/Alistair Walker/John Laing (Albert Selby), Jenny Ashford/Tara Moran/Lorraine Sass (Alice Selby), Jack Carr (Victor Selby), Elizabeth Kelly (Emily Holroyd), James Walker (John Pilling), Ben Fell/Ian Mercer (Freddy Selby), Ruth Holden (Mrs Beale), Alan Starkey (Mr Beale), Katie Hall/Maria Mescki (Bertha Beale), Craig Mckay/Stephen Bollard (Michael Brady), Christopher Irvin (Rollo).

Episode List:

  • Home From The War (First transmitted: 19-09-84)
  • Chapel On Sunday (First transmitted: 26-09-84)
  • The People's Budget (First transmitted: 01-10-84)
  • Bank Holiday (First transmitted: 03-10-84)
  • Vote For Change (First transmitted: 10-10-84)
  • Out Of Work (First transmitted: 31-10-84)
  • The Right To Vote (First transmitted: 01-11-84)
  • In The Country (First transmitted: 07-11-84)
  • The Children's Charter (First transmitted: 14-11-84)
  • Over By Christmas (First transmitted: 28-11-84)
  • Called Up (First transmitted: 16-01-85)


  • The Right To Serve (First transmitted: 23-01-85)
  • The Need To Share (First transmitted: 30-01-85)
  • Epidemic (First transmitted: 06-02-85)
  • Hill Climb (First transmitted: 13-02-85)
  • Roof Fall (First transmitted: 27-02-85)
  • The Electric Light (First transmitted: 06-03-85)
  • The Cat's Whisker (First transmitted: 13-03-85)
  • The Roaring Twenties (First transmitted: 20-03-85)
  • The General Strike (First transmitted: 27-03-85)



How We Used To Live: 1954-1970            


Series 6: 1954-70 Post War
covered the period 1954-1970. It was first broadcast in 1987 and centred around the Brady family. Michael Brady, the father of the family, was a character originally introduced in series 6 when he was born to Maggie Selby and Patrick Brady. The series begins with he and his family (wife Joan and children Susan, Roger & Beverley) moving back to Bradley. The series also features Michael’s Uncle Albert & Aunt Bertha (Selby) who were also in the sixth series. Characters introduced in Series fifth series, Jimmy & Eileen Hodgkins and Laurence & Avril Butterworth, are also present.

Writer: Freda Kelsall
Producers: Carol Wilks and Ian Fell.
Directors: Carol Wilks and Ian Fell.

Cast: Dennis Blanch (Michael Brady), Eileen O'Brien (Joan Brady), Tara Moran/Jacqueline Naylor (Susan Brady), Ruth Holden (Bertha Selby), Bobby Knutt (Albert Selby), Fine Time Fontayne (Jimmy Hodgkins), Kazia Pelka (Eileen Hodgkins), Rachel Laurence (Avril Butterworth), Jane Hazlegrove (Dorothy Clegg), Paul Gabriel (Des Phipps), Mark Jordon (Dave Henderson), Luke Harris/Neil Meuse/Huw Higginson (Roger Brady), Jessica Harris/Rebecca Sowden/Anna Jane Casey (Beverley Brady), William Ash/Mark Gillard/Martin Sadofski (Peter Hodgkins), Robin Bowerman (Laurence Butterworth), Elizabeth Kelly (Charlotte Selby), Rosalie Williams (Esme Birkett), Mark Hamer (Greg Whalley), Wyllie Longmore (Winston King), Keith Saha (Hanif Khan), Claire McGinty/Georgina Lane (Margot Butterworth), Richard Redfern/Paul Kirkbright (Anthony Butterworth), Daniel O'Brien (Edward Hodgkins), Jennifer Downham (Megan Jones), Mark Zingale (Gary Podemski), Judith Baker (Mrs Calthrop), Stanley Lebor (Tom Selby).

Episode List:

  • Land Of Plenty (First transmitted: 15-09-87)
  • Home Before Nine (First transmitted: 22-09-87)
  • Keeping Britain Great (First transmitted: 29-09-87)
  • Commerical Breaks (First transmitted: 06-10-87)
  • Easter Holiday (First transmitted: 13-10-87)
  • Seperate Schools (First transmitted: 20-10-87)
  • Women's Wrongs (First transmitted: 03-11-87)
  • Rising High (First transmitted: 10-11-87)
  • Strangers On The Shore (First transmitted: 17-11-87)
  • Our Kind Of Music (First transmitted: 24-11-87)


  • Mini On The Motorway (First transmitted: 12-01-88)
  • Last Train From Mill Road (First transmitted: 19-01-88)
  • Amazing Reductions (First transmitted: 26-01-88)
  • Eyes Down At The Roxy (First transmitted: 02-02-88)
  • Flower Power (First transmitted: 09-02-88)
  • The Big Clean-up (First transmitted: 16-02-88)
  • No Fun Being Old (First transmitted: 01-03-88)
  • On The Moon (First transmitted: 08-03-88)
  • Twin Towns (First transmitted: 15-03-88)
  • Coming Of Age (First transmitted: 22-03-88)



How We Used To Live: Victorians: Early And Late            


Series 7: Victorians: Early And Late

Writer: Freda Kelsall
Producers: Michael Harris, Carol Wilks and Ian Fell
Directors: Nick Salmon, Carol Wilks and Ian Fell

Cast: Malcolm Raeburn (George), Anthony Wingate (Abraham), Wiliam Ivory (Giddeon), Jill Barker (Hannah), James Buckley (Joseph), Sarah Belwood (Sally), Richard Mayes (Daniel), Jack Carr (Walter), Mike Kelly (Ned), Saskia Downes (Abigial), Dennis Blanch (Firkin), Tony Melody (Giddeon), Alan Rothwell (Amos), Linda Broughton (Maud), Pauline Delaney (Peggy), Paul Hill (Daniel), Colin Kerrigan (Matthew), Sara Wills (Ellen), Bernard Latham (Frank Poulson).

Episode List:

  • A Time Of Change (First transmitted: 18-09-90)
  • Family Cares (First transmitted: 25-09-90)
  • Proper Jobs (First transmitted: 02-10-90)
  • Fatal Mixture (First transmitted: 09-10-90)
  • Rights And Wrongs (First transmitted: 16-10-90)
  • Half A Century On (First transmitted: 30-10-90)
  • A Model Village (First transmitted: 30-10-90)
  • The Hidden Tenth (First transmitted: 06-11-90)
  • A Bible And A Rose (First transmitted: 06-11-90)
  • Utopia Limited (First transmitted: 20-11-90)

 

 

 

 

 

 



How We Used To Live: Expansion: Trade And Industry            


Series 8: Expansion: Trade And Industry

Writer: Freda Kelsall
Producers: Michael Harris and Ian Fell
Directors: Nick Salmon and Ian Fell

Cast: Robert Whelan (William), Gemma Wardle (Milly), Carrie Davies (Julia), Mark Thrippleton (John), Victoria Finney (Marion), Richard Hawley (Vincent), Andrew Abrahams (Sir Geoffrey), John Brobbey (Jordan), Ayesha Toure (Judith), Lottie Ward (Mrs. Cartwright)

Episode List:

  • Trading Places (First transmitted: 08-01-91)
  • Home And Colonial (First transmitted: 15-01-91)
  • Country Patriots Born 1832 (First transmitted: 22-01-91)
  • Property Rights (First transmitted: 29-01-91)
  • Workshop Of The World (First transmitted: 05-02-91)



How We Used To Live: The Civil War            


Series 9: The Civil War

Writer: Coming Soon.
Producer: Coming Soon.
Directors: Coming Soon.

Cast: Coming Soon.

Episode List:

  • Coming
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How We Used To Live: A Tudor Interlude            


Series 10: A Tudor Interlude

Writer: Coming Soon.
Producer: Coming Soon.
Directors: Coming Soon.

Cast: Coming Soon.

Episode List:

  • Coming
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How We Used To Live: Isaac Newton - Under The Stuarts            


Series 11: Isaac Newton - Under The Stuarts

Writer: Coming Soon.
Producer: Coming Soon.
Directors: Coming Soon.

Cast: Coming Soon.

Episode List:

  • Coming
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How We Used To Live: From Iron Ways To Victorian Days            


Series 12: From Iron Ways To Victorian Days

Writer: Coming Soon.
Producer: Coming Soon.
Directors: Coming Soon.

Cast: Coming Soon.

Episode List:

  • Coming
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How We Used To Live: Britons At War            


Series 13: Britons At War

Writer: Coming Soon.
Producer: Coming Soon.
Directors: Coming Soon.

Cast: Coming Soon.

Episode List:

  • Coming
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How We Used To Live: The Spanish Armada            


Series 14: The Spanish Armada

Writer: Coming Soon.
Producer: Coming Soon.
Directors: Coming Soon.

Cast: Coming Soon.

Episode List:

  • Coming
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