BBC's A House Through Time presenter David Olusoga spotted in Leeds

David Olusoga, the presenter of A House Through Time, has been spotted in Leeds.

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 4:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 4:40 pm
David Olusoga in Headingley (photo: Mark's History).

The historian and presenter was seen in Headingley by Mark Stevenson, who runs the popular Leeds history series Mark's History.

Other people have reported seeing Olusoga in Leeds, including seeing him filming at Leeds Town Hall.

It was confirmed last year that the fourth series of the BBC history programme will be filmed in Leeds.

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The series uses a single house as a way to examine British history.

The first series of A House Through Time was set in Liverpool, where Olusoga attended university, and the second in Newcastle, the city where he grew up.

The third series was filmed in Bristol.

All three series have used 18th or 19th-century townhouses originally built for the middle classes and which were closely tied to the economic fortunes of each city.

Their stories are followed right through to the present day, and have tackled more recent issues such as the 1990s AIDS epidemic in Liverpool.

It has not yet been revealed which house in Leeds has been chosen for the next series.

It has been reported that filming of the Leeds series had been delayed due to the pandemic.

Olusoga has revealed that he has personal connections to Leeds and still has family in the city.

After studying history at the University of Liverpool, he decided to pursue a television career and did a broadcast journalism course at Leeds Trinity University.

He said last year: "Leeds is a fascinating city that I am fortunate to have close personal ties with, so I am particularly looking forward to learning more about its history.

"My parents lived in the city during the 1960s and I have family in Leeds today.

"I am excited at the prospect of coming back to a city that I studied in and called home during the 1990s, a city I've been fond of ever since."

After Olusoga revealed Leeds had been chosen as the next destination, many fans put forward properties in Chapeltown - a district originally developed for wealthy mill owners and merchants which later became home to Jewish and Caribbean communities, and has experienced considerable social unrest - and Headingley, which grew during the Edwardian and Victorian periods as a middle-class suburb with close links to the university.

BBC Two controller Patrick Holland said: “A House Through Time is a time machine, taking the audience deep into the lost lives of everyday Britons, exploring the forces and incidents that made their worlds.

"David Olusoga is a unique voice, bringing brilliant historical analysis together with unequalled empathy and storytelling skill.

"With consolidated audiences of over three million for this current series, I am delighted that the audience is as appreciative of this wonderful programme as I am.”

Twenty Twenty, the producers of the show, have been contacted for comment.

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