Interview: Rosalind Robshaw
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Upon first glance, Rosalind Robshaw is your ordinary 17 year-old school girl. With the threat of A-Level exams looming, History homework is the activity of choice before we begin our conversation on a wet Sunday afternoon in March. An interesting choice considering the journey she has already been on; one that has whisked her through a whole century of English social history. The great depression, two world-wars, the roaring 70s, Robshaw has experienced it all through her dinner plate, sharing it with the nation on BBC Two’s Back in Time for Dinner. “I really enjoyed it. I’m really really glad we did it. It’s just so weird and out there, its like how did you spend the summer, ‘oh I’ve just been in the 1940’s.' “We learnt a lot, it was just really fun because the crew are really really nice and we could just mess around with them. On the whole, it was really positive.” After travelling through 100 years of English life – from 1950 to 1999 in series one, and 1900 to 1949 in series two – Robshaw is quick to note two time-periods which stand out from the rest during her family’s time-travelling adventure, which she shared alongside parents Brandon and Rochelle, and her siblings Miranda and Fred. “In the first series, the decade I enjoyed was the 1980s just because the retro theme is kind of coming back so it wasn’t so weird and out there, but it was really different and was so much fun. “We had all the fast food and the sweets and the snacks, and the hair was crazy."
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