Monday 17 February 1986

…Started a How We Used To Live project today…

I loved this series. It was my favourite ever schools programme.

In retrospect, it was probably responsible for getting me hooked on history and thereby planting the seed of a lifelong obsession.

Even though I’d only just turned 10, I think there was something about the programme’s conceit that made a deep impression on me. The scope of the series, coupled with that haunting theme tune, touched a nerve. I’m still moved by that music today:

I even drew the image at 0.43 in this clip on the front cover of the aforementioned project:

How We Used To Live crops up a few times in diary entries during February. It would not be the last television programme with which I would develop a fascination so pronounced that I felt the need to commemorate it in writing.

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