Electric Dreams explores how the technological revolution of the 1970s, 80s and 90s has transformed Britain’s homes and all our lives.
Over 30 days one family travel from 1970 to 2000, living with nothing but the technology around at the time.
The Sullivan-Barnes family from Reading are a thoroughly modern family who own the latest in 21st century gadgetry. In a unique experiment they were stripped of all their modern tech and their own home was taken back in time so that they could live with the technology of earlier decades. The family lived a year per day starting in 1970 right up to the year 2000.
Mum Struggles with the twin tub.
The experiment was designed to show just how much technology has changed the British home and the British family. How would a modern family cope with one black and white television set, one shared dial telephone in the hallway and no central heating in 1970?
Would the lack of multiple screens and technology-free bedrooms encourage them to spend more time together or just result in very bored children? How would they fare without the labour-saving domestic technology we now take for granted?
As the rate of technological change sped up during the 1980s and the 1990s the family saw first hand just how much the way we use our homes, family life and attitudes to childhood has changed.
1/3 The family endure a spell without central heating and get to grips with the teasmade.
FIRST BROADCAST: 29 Sep 2009
2/3 The family are faced with a bewildering choice of early home computers in the 1980s.
FIRST BROADCAST: 06 Oct 2009
3/3 The family take a giant mobile phone and a rudimentary digital camera on a trip to Paris.
FIRST BROADCAST: 13 Oct 2009