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Living in the Past

All Episodes

  • Ended
  • BBC Two
  • 1978-02-23T01:00:00+01:00
  • 42 mins
Living in the Past was a fly on the wall documentary programme aired by the BBC in 1978 which followed a group of fifteen young volunteers, six couples and three children, recreating an Iron Age settlement, where they sustained themselves for a year, equipped only with the tools, crops and livestock that would have been available in Britain in the 2nd Century BCE.

15 episodes

Special 1 Living in the Present

  • no air date — 42 mins

A follow-up programme aired in the same year Living in the Present discovered what the participants had thought of the experiment and how they were adjusting back to modern day living.

Special 2 Surviving the Iron Age

  • no air date — 42 mins

In 2001 the BBC repeated the experiment with Surviving the Iron Age, which included three children of Living in the Past's volunteers.

Special 3 What Happened Next?

  • no air date — 42 mins

In 2008, BBC Four's What Happened Next? revisited participants in the original series thirty years on from their year living together.

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    no air date — 42 mins

1x02 Episode 2

  • no air date — 42 mins

1x03 Episode 3

  • no air date — 42 mins

1x04 Episode 4

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1x05 Episode 5

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1x06 Episode 6

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1x07 Episode 7

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1x08 Episode 8

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1x09 Episode 9

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1x10 Episode 10

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1x11 Episode 11

  • no air date — 42 mins

1x12 Episode 12

  • no air date — 42 mins

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