By George!

By Rosanna Holmes,
26th November 2010 - 10:03

A new series on BBC 2 explores how the British obsession with homes began 300 years ago

Anyone who has repeatedly read and watched, in numerous period dramas, the work of Jane Austen will have some idea as to how the Georgians lived.
 
But a new three-part series starting on BBC 2 next week, will uncover a whole lot more. It wasn’t just marriage prospects people obsessed about. As well as how many thousands one earned every year, how your home was decorated was crucial to your success in life – and marks the beginning of the British obsession with interiors.
 
In the first episode of At Home With The Georgians, historian and presenter Amanda Vickery reveals that men as well as women craved everything a home and marriage could offer.
 
Using letters, diaries and artefacts she gives an insight into people’s class, lifestyle and properties, as well as revealing the designers who made their names during this period; Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton among them.
 
Tune in on Thursday 2nd December at 9pm on BBC 2.
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