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White Heat, Paula Milne's 1960s-set drama has premiered on BBC2. But does it offer anything more than a stylised, nostalgic image of the decade? Six writers look back to their experiences of the era

Fay Weldon, writer, born 1931

We're so all anxious these days, we tend to forget the sheer exhilaration of the 60s: how exciting, how absurd, how upbeat those years were, how fast was the speed of change, and how we embraced it. The Age of Aquarius was under way, when peace would guide the planet and love would steer the stars. It all seemed so easy.

Abandon the old restrictive certainties and all would be well, we thought. No more short back and sides, hair must be long and if you didn't wash it – why, it would self-clean by virtue of the natural oils it contained. Forget the old tedious phonic route to literacy: just get »

- Darcus Howe, Katharine Whitehorn, Yvonne Roberts, Emma Soames, Fay Weldon, Roger McGough

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