The 1970s: Those Were the Days (Channel 5 HD, Saturday 1 June 2024)

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Take a nostalgic journey back to Britain in the late 1970s with the second and final episode of this documentary series. Airing on Channel 5 HD on Saturday, 1 June 2024, at 8:30 PM, the program explores the news stories, trends, fashions, and essential items that defined this colourful and transformative decade.

The 1970s: Those Were the Days offers a fascinating glimpse into the cultural and social landscape of Britain during this era. From the patriotic street parties celebrating the Silver Jubilee to the rebellious explosion of punk, the country was a kaleidoscope of contrasting styles and ideologies.

While food may have largely remained in shades of brown, pioneering chefs like Fanny Cradock and Delia Smith inspired a culinary revolution. Technology advancements, such as the fridge freezer, transformed daily life, and the birth of Saturday morning TV with Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Grange Hill as essential viewing for kids, entertained and shaped young minds.

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The episode also explores the socio-economic climate of the time, with inflation fuelling the “Buy British” campaign and the emergence of safety campaigns like “Clunk Click Every Trip.” The battle between Mary Whitehouse and ‘The Permissive Society,’ as well as the rise of early feminism, reflected a society in flux.

Meanwhile, the arrival of American fast-food chains and the cultural impact of movies like Saturday Night Fever and Star Wars added a touch of glamour and fantasy to everyday life. With contributions from notable figures including Shaun Ryder, Anneka Rice, and Anthea Turner, the documentary paints a rich and diverse picture of this pivotal decade.

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As the 1970s drew to a close, Britain looked towards the future with a mix of hope and excitement. Technological advancements featured on shows like Tomorrow’s World, and the country stood on the cusp of a new era as the 1980s loomed. The 1970s: Those Were the Days provides a comprehensive and entertaining exploration of this dynamic decade, offering valuable insights into how it shaped the Britain of today.

The 1970s: Those Were the Days, Season 1 Episode 2 airs Saturday, 1 June 2024, at 8:30 PM on Channel 5 HD.

Isabelle aka Izzy Jacobs is the UK previews specialist at memorabletv.com. Isabelle is particularly drawn to crime dramas, but she also has a not so secret love for all things reality TV. In addition to her work at memorabletv.com, Isabelle is also an avid traveler and a devoted foodie.