”Back in Time for Tea” on BBC Two

  Back in Time for Tea is a popular television programme that was originally broadcast on BBC Two and which closely follows the Ellis family who ”travel back in time to discover how changing food in the north of England reveals what life was like for working class families over the past 100 years.” (BBC,n.d.) The series have far more copyrighted items that the radio show ”Desert Island Dics”, for instance the show uses archive footage, food, old brands and music that aim to illustrate the 1900s and the families that lived in those times as accurate as possible. ”Starting in 1918 they’ll experience first-hand the lives of previous generations, from the food people ate to the jobs they did and how they kicked back and enjoyed themselves.” ( BBC Media Centre,n.d.) The show is suitable for BBC Two because it aims to build the knowledge and understanding of the audience for an era where people had to work hard and endure poverty in order to have a decent life and for the head of the family to be able to support his entire family. ”BBC Two’s remit is to be a mixed-genre channel appealing to a broad adult audience with programmes of depth and substance. It should carry the greatest amount and range of knowledge-building programming of any BBC television channel, complemented by distinctive comedy, drama and arts programming.” (BBC,n.d.)

The Ellis family/ Photo taken from BBC

   Back in Time for Tea puts a lot of emphasis on the footage that they incorporate throughout the series in order to show to the audience those past times exactly as they were without any alterations, as well as to bring authenticity to the whole story. If the footage were to come from the BBC Archive, then the programme would not have any copyright issues, except the clearance that can be requested personally in order to access and to use all this content. Furthermore, the use of music that was specific in the 1980s is another element that adds authenticity to the story telling, but which nonetheless, it requires copyright in order to be properly used on the screen. For that to happen, the producers would need to have the approval from both PRS and PPL since they are the main organisations that  “ensure that the creators and performers of music are paid when their music is used in public” (PPL & PRS, n.d.).


BBC. (2018). Back in Time for Tea – BBC Two. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09rdv80 [Accessed 16 Mar. 2018].

Bbc.co.uk. (2018). BBC – Back In Time For Tea – Media Centre. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2018/06/back-in-time-for-tea [Accessed 16 Mar. 2018].

Bbc.co.uk. (2018). BBC – BBC Two Programme Policy 2010/2011 – Inside the BBC. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/corporate2/insidethebbc/howwework/accountability/statements2010/television/bbctwo [Accessed 16 Mar. 2018].

PPL PRS. (2018). About PPL PRS Ltd | What we do | PPL PRS | United for Music. [online] Available at: https://pplprs.co.uk/what-we-do/ [Accessed 16 Mar. 2018].

Published by Claudia Sava

22 years. Young spirit. Old soul. Food enthusiast. Art lover. Concerts addicted. Travelling the world, writing and eating ice-cream are some of my greatest pleasures. If I could have a superpower,that would be healing people and animals. Spreading kindness and joy are my favorite things to do. Join me on my own challenging yet beautiful journey of navigating my twenties and all the lessons that come with it.

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