A History of Modern Britain

Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain is on BBC Two on Tuesday, 22 May, at 2100 BST.

A swansong to ‘olde Britain’

The 1950s marked the last decade of “olde Britain” – when women were housewives, men smoked pipes and schoolboys sported caps and shorts, says Andrew Marr (right), whose TV history of post-war UK starts on Tuesday.

Between the fall of Attlee’s Labour government and the return of Labour under cocky Harold Wilson, Britain went through a time which some believe to be a golden-tinted era of lost content.

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