Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TV Choice

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TV Choice

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Byline: JANE SHILLING

KIRSTIE'S HOMEMADE HOME 8PM, CHANNEL 4 Kirstie Allsopp is another one with a passion for the dubious treasures of the past. "Our nation is suffering from a flat-pack furniture plague," she trills. A couple from Wolverhampton with a derelict six-bedroomed Victorian house and a grisly collection of bric-a-brac are in need of help, and Kirstie's the woman to deliver it. In a trice, she's got them making stained-glass windows and running up curtains while she installs a fumed-oak umbrella-stand in their hall.

TURN BACK TIME -- THE HIGH STREET 9PM, BBC1 Television's insatiable appetite for heritage shows (and, more puzzlingly, for Gregg Wallace) continues with this nostalgic visit to the high streets of Past Times. In the Somerset town of Shepton Mallet, four empty shops have been transformed into a butcher's, baker's, grocer's and ironmonger's of past eras. Tonight, it's the 1870s. A "Chamber of Commerce", consisting of Wallace, a diffident baker called Tom and the historian Juliet Gardner, presides over the experiment, the terms of which are peculiar. …

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