BBC to trace history of UK butchers from 1870s

A new BBC 1 TV series is set to launch in November, following a series of shops, including butchers', from Victorian times to the 1970s.

'Turn Back Time - The High Street' is, according to a BBC release, "the story of the British high street brought to life".

Four empty shops and a group of shopkeeping families will be taken back to what programme-makers are calling "the high street’s heyday in the 1870s", before "propelling them through a century of change, right up to the 1970s".

The six-part series will focus on the lives of families owning grocery shops, bakers, butchers, ironmongers, dressmakers, a record shop and convenience stores.

The shops will serve modern-day customers in the market square in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, overseen by Gregg Wallace, Tom Herbert and Juliet Gardiner.

These retail experts will decide on the challenges that each shopkeeper has to meet for each era and enforce rules and regulations revealing who has delivered on best customer service and weekly sales over the decades.

Families owning the shops will dress, eat and play as they would have done in the past, taking in 18-hour working days and wartime rationing, to listening to the radio together.

"The families' lives are turned upside down as they get to grips with how shopkeepers lived and worked in six key eras of British history," said a BBC release.

"Laced with real-life entertainment, family drama and human endeavour, the families have to deal with whatever history throws at them."

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