Mark Burnett

Little food, no showers, but at least no one had cholera: what it was like to star in 'Victorian Slum House'

Little food, no showers, but at least no one had cholera: what it was like to star in 'Victorian Slum House'

Ever dreamed of going back to London’s East End in the 19th century, working ’round the clock, wearing the same filthy rags every day and subsisting on the odd scrap of bread?

What, no?

How about watching a bunch of other poor souls do it then? While PBS’ “Victoria” chronicled the extragavant lifestyle of a formidable young monarch, “Victorian Slum House,” on the same network, takes a very different view. The living history series that premiered earlier this month follows a group of modern-day Britons as they endure conditions of the working poor beginning in the 1860s. .

“The Real World,” except with the sort of jobs, housing and hygiene that made Charles Dickens...

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