Shirl still hits the spot, thirty years on...
Shirley is the 42-yea- old Liverpool housewife who leads a humdrum existence just cooking and cleaning for her husband now that the two children have flown the nest. Her annual break is a holiday with the old man in the Isle of Man!
Things may have changed since the mid 80s – the age of 42 does not sound as old now as it did then and many women still have young families at that age. Girls are now outperforming boys educationally and have a growing presence in high level jobs in most professions.
Perhaps there are a dwindling number of subservient suburban housewives but I’m sure many of the audience will have shared my sadness at the generations of women that never had the opportunity to widen their horizons and fully realise their potential.