I am currently enjoying the BBC4 series "If walls could talk" presented by Dr Lucy Worsley (Curator of Historic Palaces). This series looks at the history of the home by focusing on four rooms in the house - sitting room, bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. It explores the uses of the rooms and delves into some really interesting facts. For example, did you know that the phrase "Sleep tight" comes from medieval times when the bed had ropes supporting the straw mattress? If you slept tight, it meant you had good support.
Dr Worsley is a very enthusiastic presenter in a 'jolly hockeysticks' kind of way. She throws herself into various experiments, such as not washing for seven days, or having a sea bathe in a chemise in what looks like freezing weather, all for our greater understanding of the way people lived. It makes for fascinating viewing.
Part four is this week and the other episodes are available on iplayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b010flp4 . (Photo from iplayer)