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The Rules of Drinking

Episode 11 of 12

Documentary which digs into the archive to discover the unwritten rules that have governed the way we drink in Britain, from 1940s pubs and clubs to drinking at home or at work.

Timeshift digs into the archive to discover the unwritten rules that have governed the way we drink in Britain.

In the pubs and working men's clubs of the 40s and 50s there were strict customs governing who stood where. To be invited to sup at the bar was a rite of passage for many young men, and it took years for women to be accepted into these bastions of masculinity. As the country prospered and foreign travel became widely available, so new drinking habits were introduced as we discovered wine and, even more exotically, cocktails.

People began to drink at home as well as at work, where journalists typified a tradition of the liquid lunch. Advertising played its part as lager was first sold as a woman's drink and then the drink of choice for young men with a bit of disposable income. The rules changed and changed again, but they were always there - unwritten and unspoken, yet underwriting our complicated relationship with drinking.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 15 Apr 2019 00:55

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:17

    Humphrey Lyttelton

    Swing Out

  • 00:43

    Demis Roussos

    For Ever and Ever (And Ever)

  • 00:50

    Cocteau Twins

    Pitch the Baby

  • 00:52

    Wham!

    Club Tropicana

  • 00:55

    Oasis

    Cigarettes & Alcohol

  • 00:56

    Inner City, Kevin Saunderson

    Big Fun

  • 00:56

    Primal Scream

    Loaded

  • 00:57

    Oasis

    Cigarettes & Alcohol

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Mark Chapman
Producer Alastair McKee
Director Alastair McKee
Series Producer Ben Southwell
Executive Producer Michael Poole

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