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'The Hour' Romola Garai: '1950s nostalgia is dubious'

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Bel Rowley in The Hour

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The Hour star Romola Garai has admitted that she finds it strange that people are nostalgic about the 1950s.

Garai, who plays Bel in The Hour, explained that there were a lot of problems during the era.

"I find a lot of the 1950s nostalgia, especially in terms of women, very dubious," she told The Daily Telegraph. "This is a very morally conservative time, not a great time for women.

"Particularly when people say it was a time of optimism. Well, Britain was post-war, rationing only ended two years before our show is set - it was a bomb site. Britain was still desperately trying to cling on to its empire. It was a dark time, I think. So I hope that The Hour explores that kind of ambiguity because I think it's easily overlooked."

Garai, who described herself as a feminist, also revealed that she was interested in the lives of women during the 1950s.

"What I found fascinating was that it was a time when women were entering the workplace, but not married women," she said. "So your career was a choice and those women chose their career over partnership, companionship, children. It was a massive amount of sacrifice."

She added: "I have always been interested in gender politics, so I'm not that keen on doing things that don't represent a truth about women."

The Hour begins tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.

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