Michael Mosley: Queen Victoria's Slum

Season 1

Season 1 Episode 5 - The Fledgling Welfare System

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After almost a month of gruelling toil, the modern slum dwellers have made it to the final week, and they've also made it to the beginning of the 20th century. But they are still in the slum and still have to deliver a final rent payment, so the hard work continues. The doss house family is forced to close its doors after ...

July 25, 2017

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It's now the 1890s, and the efforts of the residents have put conditions in the slum firmly in the spotlight. Yet the daily grind continues. A statistician arrives with the maps of Charles Booth, but when he starts to take records of slum life, his methods are controversial. While the residents welcome the opportunity to s...

July 18, 2017

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Enough is enough as the slum dwellers reach the late 1880s. Curious 'slum tourists' - hipsters and bankers from neighbouring areas - visit the slum, causing widespread resentment. The final straw is a law change in 1888 banning street selling, making the difficult job of paying the rent almost impossible.

July 11, 2017

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Things go from bad to worse as Britain is gripped by an economic depression in the early 1880s. As unemployment jumps from two to 10 percent, some of the men find themselves out of work. The shortage work shortage in the slum is exacerbated by an influx of new immigrants: descendants of Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe ...

July 4, 2017

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When one corner of London's East End is transformed into a late-Victorian slum, Michael Mosley puts modern Britons to the test to see if they can survive there. Without these slums, the Welfare State wouldn't have come into being. This is the story of what life was like for the people who lived in the slums and how their p...