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Last Updated: Monday, 12 March 2007, 07:52 GMT
Coal reality TV contestants hunt
pit head and miners
Reality show contestants are asked to live the life of miner
Reality TV has offered everything from living out your life in the goldfish bowl of the Big Brother house to being a castaway on a Pacific island.

But now comes a challenge for those willing to taste the life of a coal mining family 80 years ago.

BBC Wales wants to find three families willing to travel back in time to the south Wales coalfields of 1927.

Later this year they will swap their modern day home comforts and live for three weeks in miners' cottages.

They will stay in specially built cottages with no bathrooms or central heating and the men of the families will be expected to work as coalminers.

The families will be expected to cook, wash and clean as they did in the 1920s.

They may even have to sing in the local choir, enjoy a dance evening at the local working men's hall or play a game of 1920s-style football.

All traces of creatures comforts will be removed from the house
Producer Colin Davies

The series is being made for BBC Wales by Cardiff company Indus Films.

Producer Colin Davies said: "Coal House will be great fun and an unforgettable experience for the families involved.

"As a typical 21st Century family they will have to come to terms with life lacking the luxuries we take for granted in our modern lives.

"All traces of creatures comforts will be removed from the house. There will be no TV, PC, washing machine or microwave oven.

"They will have to live without the benefit of central heating and hot running water.

"Dad will have to bath in the front of an open fire or outside in the back yard."

The series will be filmed in October and November this year and those taking part do not have to be Welsh or have a mining background.

Applications are open now and the successful families will be chosen by the end of June.

The Coal House hunt is also on for people willing to take part in historical events and activities across the filming period.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Coal House challenge can call 08702 500 7000 or log on to the website.

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