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‘Signs of the Times’ originally came about as a collaboration between director Nick Barker and photographer Martin Parr, as a BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary in the 1990s. It is considered an early version of the reality television that is such a mainstay in today’s landscape. In order to gain access to people’s homes a call out was placed in the national and regional press asking for volunteers for a programme documenting people’s homes and tastes. Clearly the British public weren’t shy as over two thousand people applied and from that, fifty were chosen from a range of ages, races, genders and social backgrounds.
|S01E01||Marie-Louise collects bric-a-brac||05/01/1992||A comedy of manners about couples with incompatible taste: Matt cannot abide Marie-Louise's large wooden pig in the living room, Liz hates Alec's duvet cover, and Sue has quietly removed Gary's mug tree.|
|S01E02||Red drives me nuts||12/01/1992||The "through the keyhole" series enters the homes of ten people living on their own. Alan's place is a tip, Madeline has fallen in love with her wallpaper, Russell buys all the latest gear and Michelle has a leopard skin bedroom but doesn't want men to get the wrong idea.|
|S01E03||Big Ben and the Jesus picture||19/01/1992||Mothers and daughters say what they think about each other's living rooms. Nicole finds her mother's ornaments tacky, Peggy won't use her daughter's gold taps, and Pat is mortified to discover her tastes are now identical to her mother's.|
|S01E04||They're not holding the ceiling up||26/01/1992||In Britain, anything goes so long as it's old. The problem is which version of oldness to choose. And does it matter if you cheat? Phil and Ann's council house has a cottagey stately home kind of feel. Mark and Kathryn have installed brand new "old" oak beams. Wendy and Andrew avoid real antiques for fear of woodworm, while Richard and Abigail wouldn't dream of buying reproduction.|
|S01E05||That little bit different||02/02/1992||The last in the series about perceptions of good and bad taste in the British home. This episode takes a look at how we all aspire to be a little bit different.|