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Housewife 49

Victoria Wood in Housewife 49

Play It Again: Mass Observation

Back in the 1930s, Lancastrians were the subject of a bizarre social experiment...which inspired a Victoria Wood drama.

The experiment called 'Mass Observation' was carried out by an organisation backed by the Government which aimed to record everyday life in Britain. 

In 2002, BBC Radio Lancashire's Paul O'Gorman looked into the project which aimed to find out about the working classes in Lancashire. In reality, the study was a group of highly educated academics with posh accents who began a survey to try to discover how we lived our lives by asking some pretty inane questions.

Victoria Wood's TV drama 'Housewife 49' was based on a Lancashire housewife's 'Mass Observation' diary.

last updated: 24/04/2009 at 14:37
created: 16/04/2009

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