There’s a priceless moment in the first episode of this ‘living history’ series when young James describes how he feels when he remembers that, as a child of the Victorian slum, he cannot afford biscuits: ‘I just felt a depressing feeling inside… Like a ship’s just sunk inside me.’

James and his family are among those who have volunteered to live in a recreated London slum for three weeks, experiencing what life was like for their ancestors.

The five-part series, presented by Michael Mosley, charts the history of 50 years of Britain’s urban poor from the 1860s through a period of seismic social change.