The sixties were the decade of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll and the Beatles were right in the thick of it. This series contextualizes the events of the sixties and examine their relevance today. What is the real legacy of the swinging sixties?
Programme 3: Swinging Britain 1965-1966
By 1965 the cultural renaissance of Britain was in full swing and the Beatles embodied the feeling of optimism. Having won over the British public the Beatles were ready to take on the world. The new fashion labels like Biba, new faces like Twiggy and hair dressers like Vidal Sassoon were an important ingredient in the Swinging London explosion. However, the economy was in a terrible state Harold Wilson had inherited huge debts and done little to stem the problem. And The Beatles lives as superstars had turned into a living hell by 1966.