Television TV

How we used to live

This Memory is looking a little short on nostalgia! Have you got anything you could add?

This was a programme that we would watch in school during the 1970's. It was aimed at the 7-11 age group and told you all about social history from 1901 - 1945. It certainly gave me and a friend an interest in History and I wish it could be repeated today. I wonder how many remember this programme and others they would have watched in school.


Author of this article:



Contributors to this article:

  • There are no contributors yet

Do You Remember How we used to live?

Do You Remember How we used to live?

  • Anonymous user
    on
    Used this for years when I was teaching. Anyone know if there are any DVDs of the 1936-1953 series?
  • Anonymous user
    on
    Hi my twins are studying the second world war and the 1936 - 53 series of 'How we used to live' I really gained so much from, back in 1981-82. Does anyone know how I can get copies of the series for this period... video or DVD? Many thanks. Sarah
  • Anonymous user
    on
    The series was, and still is, brilliant. I am a primary teacher and still love using it, though the yorkshire accents can be hard to follow for kids in other parts of the country. Does anyone have copies of the programme notes? Ann
  • Anonymous user
    on
    Hi Karrie, I watched the How We Used To Live series you mentioned which was set in 1936-1953 and one of the girls was Avril as you said. The other children were Jimmy, Patricia and Edward. How We Used To Live 1936-1953 is on YouTube and I hope someone will add the other series. My favourite is the How We Used To Live 1954-1970 series which also featured Jimmy and Avril (who both had their own children by then), together with Michael Brady (who was a boy in the later episodes of the 1902-1926 series), his wife and their children, as well as Michael's Uncle Albert and Auntie Bertha. Jimmy and Avril's brother Edward re-appears halfway though the series. As mentioned on an earlier post, Avril and her husband Laurence are indeed killed in a later episode when their mini is hit by a multicoloured Volkswagen van on the motorway. Strangely, despite Jimmy, Avril and Edward being in ther series, their parents were never mentioned and it seems they had died off screen as they didn't come to Avril's funeral - and not one mention of them was made when Avril and Laurence were killed, or when Edward married the Brady's older daughter.
  • Anonymous user
    on
    Horrible Histories is the closest you'd get to it now.
  • Anonymous user
    on
    Oh my, I would absolutely love to watch this again, my memory is fading and I do remember the family with 2 girls and 2 boys and I'm sure one of them was Avril. Does anyone know where and how I can view these on you tube? Be grateful if anyone can help it's bugging me! lol Thanks
  • Anonymous user
    on
    it was brilliant!Best schools and childrens programme ever. To this day I've kept a crush on he actress Julie Shipley who played the role of the older daughter Patricia. The four children were Patricia, Jimmy, Avril (who died instantly in a motorway accident coming home from London with her husband Lawrence)and Edward. I've got every episode of it on DVD which I copied from my videos. Anyone interested can contact me at dave_brown10uk@yahoo.co.uk Perhaps we can take it further
    • Anonymous user
      on
      I realise this post was some years ago but I wondered if you still have the DVD's I would love to show my grandchildren the series, I loved the programme Pam
    • Anonymous user
      on
      Hi I would like copies of how we used to live thanks john
  • Anonymous user
    on
    Wasn't it the Hodgkin family, at least in the latter episodes? I remembour school class had a poster showing heach episode title and a still pic. One was "Full Steam Ahead", for some reason I remember that, and it was a steam train and the news section was about the nationalisation of the railways.
  • Anonymous user
    on
    I remember a girl called avril in it.
  • Anonymous user
    on
    wow I used to love this programme, I'd even watch it when I was off sick, despite it being a 'school' programme. Bring it back. I'd love to see it again