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The Fifties

Episode 3 of 6

Giles Coren and Sue Perkins experience the food culture of years gone by. They go back to the 1950s, an era that began on rations. Cookery writer Mary Berry helps out.

Restaurant critic Giles Coren and writer and comedian Sue Perkins experience the food culture of years gone by.

Giles and Sue go back to the 1950s, an era started on rations and ended by Prime Minister Harold MacMillan remarking that 'we'd never had it so good'.

Cookery writer Mary Berry helps Sue become the perfect housewife as they start the week on rations with canned salmon and horse. Giles has his real boss from The Times round for Babycham and a dinner taken from Elizabeth David's bestseller Mediterranean Food.

They are joined by Marguerite Patten and perfect housewife Anthea Turner for a coronation buffet to celebrate the crowning of Queen Elizabeth II. Giles experiences the meal laid on for the Australians when they lost the Ashes to England, while Sue demonstrates against the Bomb in Trafalgar Square.

After being shown how to dance by Bruce Welch of The Shadows, Giles and Sue end their week at a holiday camp, dining on a meal taken from a 1959 menu with guest social historian Dominic Sandbrook.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 11 Aug 2009 01:45

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Giles Coren
Presenter Sue Perkins
Participant Mary Berry
Participant Marguerite Patten
Participant Anthea Turner
Participant Dominic Sandbrook
Producer Alannah Richardson

Broadcasts

  • Mon 20 Jul 2009 21:00
  • Thu 23 Jul 2009 00:20
  • Tue 11 Aug 2009 01:45