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What's the truth behind tabloid tales of Camberley's amorous housewives? This Week investigates the rumours and uncovers a sadder story.

Current affairs 1963 8 mins Silent


This remarkable segment of This Week uncovers the full story behind sordid newspaper articles concerning the housewives of Camberley's Ansell Estate. Desmond Wilcox's report reveals the social disconnection of women who have moved to 'new towns' and their unhappiness with their lives. Their evident despair chimes strongly with what feminist writer Betty Friedan called 'the problem that has no name' in the Feminine Mystique, also published in 1963.