BBC Two’s award-winning history show A House Through Time is confirmed for a fourth series, with David Olusoga heading to Leeds in 2021
Celebrated historian and presenter David Olusoga will return once again, to journey through the lives of residents within a single house in Leeds, bringing to light the fascinating stories of previously unknown individuals, and uncovering what life was like for them – using thorough detective work, contemporary documents and genealogical records.
The search for a new house in Leeds has already begun, and with the city’s close ties with the Civil War, pioneering industrial-age connections, and technological advancements, the team expects to find no shortage of drama for series four.
Presenter Professor David Olusoga says: “Leeds is a fascinating city that I am fortunate to have close personal ties with, so I am particularly looking forward to learning more about its history. My parents lived in the city during the 1960s and I have family in Leeds today. I am excited at the prospect of coming back to a city that I studied in and called home during the 1990s, a city I’ve been fond of ever since.”
Patrick Holland, BBC Two Controller says: “A House Through Time is a time machine, taking the audience deep into the lost lives of everyday Britons, exploring the forces and incidents that made their worlds. David Olusoga is a unique voice, bringing brilliant historical analysis together with unequalled empathy and storytelling skill. With consolidated audiences of over three million for this current series, I am delighted that the audience is as appreciative of this wonderful programme as I am.”
Commissioning Editor, Simon Young, says: “A House Through Time is a stand-out production achievement and a firm favourite in the schedules amongst viewers; series three was watched by more than three million viewers. It’s a vitally important returning show, reflecting the BBC’s ambition for history programmes that connect the bigger sweeps of our nation’s past to individual lives lived all over the country. Having visited houses in Liverpool, Newcastle and Bristol in the first three series, I’m thrilled that David will delve into the rich history of Leeds next.”
Executive Producer, Mary Crisp, says: “We’re excited to uncover the fascinating history of Leeds, and in particular its remarkable industrial story. The show is about regular people, living extraordinary lives because of the time they lived and the circumstances they found themselves in. If you know a house that could fit the requirements for series four, please get in touch.”