Britain in The 50s

Britain in The 50s

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Through the eyes of newsreel cameras and advertising of the time, we present an affectionate look at the way we were in the 1950’s: the way we dressed, the way we laughed (and cried) – even the way we holidayed. In 1950, Britain was working hard to recover from the Second World War. Yet, as the decade went on and the economic conditions improved – prompting PM MacMillan to tell people of Britain “You never had it so good” – a cascade of wonderful gadgets found their way into British homes, and families began holidaying on the beaches and promenades.

By the end of the decade booming Britain was in overdrive with 5.5 million cars on the road, the opening of the M1 and the arrival of the first Mini. The teenager had also come of age with new dance crazes and flamboyant fashions interspersed with bizzare hairstyles – anything to make them stand out in the crowd!

This programme also focuses on the events that shook the world during the decade; the death of George VI in 1952 heralding a new Queen, Elizabeth II, and her Coronation in 1953; the conquering of Everest: the first four minute mile; the last woman to be hanged in Britain; and the tragic Munich air disaster.

20 thoughts on “Britain in The 50s”

  1. One has to remember that Britain still had rationing level lower than US during war in the early 50's. One reason that Churchill later loss. People believed that life would resume as normal quickly which it didn't in Europe as whole. To show the change ;US held more gold than all the rest of world combined which later lead to going off gold standard to peg currencies o US dollar.

  2. The cynicism and racist attitudes of the British infected Australians too.  Both of my parents plus one of my siblings were racist.  Speaking for myself, I enjoy multi-culturalism and I grew up happily in Melbourne, Australia (one of the most multi-cultural).  Now in BC, Canada, I see a similar mix of cultures.  This is how our world has evolved folks.  I suggest that you grow up and stop complaining.  [Aussie in BC]

  3. What wonderful carefree days. Isn't like that anymore. Now we have these clueless, disrespectful. lazy millenials running around.

  4. It was actually a return to the early 1930s. Keep in mind that WW2 had England handcuffed. When those cuffs came off the race was back on. the western culture picked up where it left off. Music and art were about to change. The demand for modern conveniences drove markets back to prosperity.

  5. Funny how they just keep reinventing the same crap over and over about every 50 – 60 years.. And stupid idiots n morons always believe it is all new for them

  6. It's time to join the 21st century and end this stupid king n Queen fairyland crap… All of them are nothing but criminal losers & guilty of war crimes and treason to there own people
    Everything today is just a complete joke.

  7. How the generations before mine ruined this country with bad votes and strikes, then blame everyone who isnt white. Be gone the 60s, 70s and 80s generations voting BNP/UKIP, all lazy no goods blaming everyone else for their own bad choices.

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