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0120120924

By Caroline and David Stafford. Series about HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully

by Caroline & David Stafford.

Set in the 1970s, against a background of increasingly politicised feminism, a new comedy series about women, HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully.

1 of 5

Directed by Marc Beeby

The series is loosely based on some of the ideas and attitudes contained in a book, published in 1966 and powerfully influential at the time. The book, Feminine Forever by Robert A. Wilson MD, advanced the notion that the menopause is a disease - much like diabetes - for which modern science luckily has the cure: Hormone Replacement Therapy. Recent discoveries in the field of menopausal therapy, says Dr Robert, may serve to prolong for many women - and for the men who love and admire them - that wonderfully happy aura of love and adoration that full femininity inspires. Only 15% of women are able to grow old gracefully. The rest are suffering from a serious, painful and often crippling disease - the menopause.

Although this series is a gentle comedy - much in the manner of 2010's highly successful The Year They Invented Sex by the same authors - it explores and explodes the prevailing attitudes that underlay these views of women, their sexuality, and the roles ascribed to them (particularly in relation to age) - views that may not be quite as 'historical' as we might like to imagine.

0120120924

By Caroline and David Stafford. Series about HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully

by Caroline and David Stafford.

Set in the 1970s, against a background of increasingly politicised feminism, a new comedy series about women, HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully.

1 of 5

Directed by Marc Beeby

The series is loosely based on some of the ideas and attitudes contained in a book, published in 1966 and powerfully influential at the time. The book, Feminine Forever by Robert A. Wilson MD, advanced the notion that the menopause is a disease - much like diabetes - for which modern science luckily has the cure: Hormone Replacement Therapy. Recent discoveries in the field of menopausal therapy, says Dr Robert, may serve to prolong for many women - and for the men who love and admire them - that wonderfully happy aura of love and adoration that full femininity inspires. Only 15% of women are able to grow old gracefully. The rest are suffering from a serious, painful and often crippling disease - the menopause.

Although this series is a gentle comedy - much in the manner of 2010's highly successful The Year They Invented Sex by the same authors - it explores and explodes the prevailing attitudes that underlay these views of women, their sexuality, and the roles ascribed to them (particularly in relation to age) - views that may not be quite as 'historical' as we might like to imagine.

0220120925

Trevor has arranged for Eileen to see a doctor.

by Caroline & David Stafford.

Set in the 1970s, against a background of increasingly politicised feminism, a new comedy series about women, HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully.

2 of 5

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0220120925

Trevor has arranged for Eileen to see a doctor.

by Caroline and David Stafford.

Set in the 1970s, against a background of increasingly politicised feminism, a new comedy series about women, HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully.

2 of 5

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0320120926

Trevor and Eileen visit Judy's commune.

by Caroline and David Stafford.

Set in the 1970s, against a background of increasingly politicised feminism, a comedy series about women, HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully.

3 of 5

Directed by Marc Beeby

0320120926

Trevor and Eileen visit Judy's commune.

by Caroline and David Stafford.

Set in the 1970s, against a background of increasingly politicised feminism, a comedy series about women, HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully.

3 of 5

Directed by Marc Beeby

0420120927

Judy has some disquieting news for her parents.

by Caroline & David Stafford

Set in the 1970s, against a background of increasingly politicised feminism, a comedy series about women, HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully.

4 of 5

Directed by Marc Beeby

0420120927

Judy has some disquieting news for her parents.

by Caroline and David Stafford

Set in the 1970s, against a background of increasingly politicised feminism, a comedy series about women, HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully.

4 of 5

Directed by Marc Beeby

05 LAST20120928

By Caroline and David Stafford. HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully.

by Caroline & David Stafford.

Set in the 1970s, against a background of increasingly politicised feminism, a comedy series about women, HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully Last in the series

5 of 5

Directed by Marc Beeby.

05 LAST20120928

By Caroline and David Stafford. HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully.

by Caroline and David Stafford.

Set in the 1970s, against a background of increasingly politicised feminism, a comedy series about women, HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully Last in the series

5 of 5

Directed by Marc Beeby.