It was alright in the 70s – Pebble Mill at One clip













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There is a clip of a Pebble Mill at One programme from 1976, about 32 mins in, to this archive clip show It was alright int he 70s on Channel 4 recently.

The clip illustrates the casual sexism that was inherent in 1970s society, including television coverage. It features presenter Bob Langley, at the Spring Show at the NEC, surrounded by what he calls, ‘dolly birds’ – glamorous girls promoting various products at the Show. Bob is sitting rather higher up than the sometimes scantily clad lovelies, who include Miss World, promoting saucepans. It appears like a rather sexist set-up, but I’m sure it wouldn’t have been deliberately planned with that in mind – I suspect that it probably just seemed normal at the time. Jenny Eclair, watching with the benefit of hindsight, is suitably shocked! Definitely a product of its time.

Thanks to Dharmesh Rajput for pointing out the clip.

Here is a link to the same clip on YouTube.

The following comment was left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Keith Brook: ‘I think I vision-mixed that programme!!’