A House Through Time – 7 September 2021 – 7/9/2021 – Tuesday – BBC Two

Series 4 Episode 1 of 4

David discovers our house’s first resident – idealistic Victorian lawyer William Bruce, who tries and fails to save the life of a man convicted to hang for murder. Decades later, Bruce is serving as a Leeds magistrate when a similar case comes before him – can he save a young man’s life this time?

Tracking our house forward, David uncovers the remarkable rags-to-riches story of Ann Dawson, who went from working on the factory floor to living in style in Grosvenor Mount. When her husband’s business collapses, Ann looks set to lose it all.

Finally, David learns that our house was home to master builder William Nicholson, founder of a famous dynasty that built Leeds landmarks including County Arcade. William hands his business down to the next generation, but when Leeds train station is destroyed by fire, can William’s grandson ride to the rescue?


About A House Through Time

Historian and presenter David Olusoga tells the story of Britain from the 19th century to the present day from the point of view of a house and its owners and inhabitants. He delves into city archives, explores old newspaper reports and meets the living descendants of those who were connected to the house. He encounters scandals and tragedies, explores the rise and fall in the fortunes of the inhabitants, and looks at how the city and society around the house changed. Each season tells the story of a different house.

This show is broadcast on BBC Two, also known as the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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