the avengers with john steed (patrick macnee) and emma peel (diana rigg), 1965-68. uk. filming in color started 1966. this is the american prologue, “in color” was required by abc.
a sociologist was conducting some field research on changing roles in domestic households. one of his subjects was a housewife who he doorstepped. after explaining the project the researcher asked if the woman would help by asking a few questions. she agreed.
"who makes all the important decisions in your house?"
"oh. my husband of course”
"so for example, who decides on which family car you should buy?"
"that’s me. he’s much too busy"
"how about choosing a family doctor?"
"me again, he hates doctors"
"educating the children?"
"he leaves all that to me. i have much more time"
"life and home insurance?"
"so what big decisions does your husband make?”
"oh. he decides whether we should have a referendum on EU membership. what the chancellor should be doing about the budget deficit. whether there needs to be tighter immigration controls, that sort of thing."