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Meet some of the residents of Victorian Slum House, who spent 3...
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Meet some of the residents of Victorian Slum House, who spent 3 months living in a 1860s tenement in the heart of London to experience life without a safety net, living and working as their ancestors did.

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The Potters have roots in the East London neighborhood of Bethnal Green. Grandmother Heather Sr.’s great-grandfather James Windsor lived next to the Old Nichol —Victorian Britain’s most notorious slum— and became an advocate for socialism who regularly spoke at London’s Speaker’s Corner. His younger brother Walter Windsor became a local Member of Parliament in 1923.

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Shazeda Haque is a single mother raising her children Shazeda and Saudii. Shazeda says it’s hard raising two children alone in the 21st century, and she can’t comprehend how it must have been like for women in the Victorian era. 

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Andy Gardiner will be the house’s rent collector. After an accident in 2004, he had his leg amputated and is open about how difficult this was. He wants to experience what life was like in the Victorian era for people with disabilities, whose stories he feels are underrepresented. 

Get to know all the residents of Victorian Slum House when the show premieres Tuesday May 2 at 8/7c on PBS.

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