While everyone's home

While Everyone’s Home / Пока все дома

Published: February 16, 2017

While Everyone’s Home (Пока все дома) is a TV entertainment/talk show that’s been airing since 1992. There are now 25 seasons.

The show follows the host, Timur Kizyakov (Тимур Кизяков), who also writes the show, as he visits various famous people and their families at home. As the show’s website notes, “While Everyone’s Home is the only program on television where the life stories of famous people are told in a circle of their closest relatives.” There’s also a “witness,” the host, who allows audiences to hear what they wouldn’t get to anywhere else.

When the show first started, one part of the show consisted of Timur sitting at the family’s home drinking tea with them and chatting; this ended up becoming the main part of the show. Various other segments came and went, including a segment in which they discussed house pets (“Зверьё моё”) and a do-it-yourself segment (“Очумелые ручки”), which was led by a “distinguished handicrafter,” Andrey Bakhmetyev (Андрей Бахметьев). This one’s not currently on the air, as Bakhmetyev left. Instead is a segment about children, “You Will Have a Child” (“У Вас будет ребёнок)—in which the hosts talk about children currently in Russian orphanages. They also advertise adoption services and help children get adopted. Yelena Kizyakova (Елена Кизякова), Timur’s wife, leads this part of the show. This last is the only segment that’s still aired on the show today.

The show is pretty popular, at least among the authorities: in 2015 it was awarded the Russian Government Prize for Mass Media (Премия правительства РФ в области средств массовой информации).

The show has inspired more than its fair share of parodies, including on KVN and the show Big Difference (Большая разница).


Director: Aleksandr Shakhnazarov (Александр Шахназаров)
Stars: Timur Kizyakov (Тимур Кизяков), Yelena Kizyakova (Елена Кизякова)
Production company: TRK “While Everyone’s Home” (ТРК “Пока все дома”)
TV channel: ORT/Perviy Kanal (ОРТ/Первый канал)


The show’s official website.


A recent episode of While Everyone’ s Home, 2017:


About the author

Julie Hersh

Julie studied Russian as a Second Language in Irkutsk and before that, Bishkek, with SRAS's Home and Abroad Scholarship program, with the goal of someday having some sort of Russia/Eurasia-related career. She recently got her master’s degree from the University of Glasgow and the University of Tartu, where she studied women’s dissent in Soviet Russia. She also has a bachelor’s degree in literature from Yale. Some of her favorite Russian authors are Sorokin, Shishkin, Il’f and Petrov, and Akhmatova. In her spare time Julie cautiously practices martial arts, reads feminist websites, and taste-tests instant coffee for her blog.

Program attended: Home and Abroad Scholar

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