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Hidden Killers of the Post War Home

BBC FOUR

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb explores the time when British people embraced modern design for the first time after years of austerity and self-denial. The look and feel of the post-war 1950s home – a ‘modern’ world of moulded plywood furniture, fibreglass, plastics and polyester – had its roots in the materials innovations of World War Two. In fact, no other war before or since has had such a profound effect on the technologies of our current life.

This bright new era encompassed a host of social changes, including higher living standards and improved technologies but, as Suzannah will discover, there were also unexpected dangers lurking throughout the changing home…

This is the fifth episode of Dr Suzannah Lipscomb’s hugely popular Hidden Killers strand.

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