Take an ordinary English village of 250 people, remove all of the women and what do you get? The quiet Nottinghamshire village of Harby looks like any other rural idyll at first glance. But look closer and it soon becomes apparent that something’s up - there isn’t one woman to be seen.
For one week, the 70 women who usually reside in Harby disappeared, leaving the men all on their own. Early one Sunday morning in spring, the change happened. As the women of Harby bid their tearful farewells and looked forward to a much needed break, the men of the village faced up to the reality of life on their own. This series discovers what happened The Week the Women Went.
Research suggests that while women have taken more and more of a place in the world of work, men are still on the back foot as far as domestic life is concerned. Most mothers in Britain today feel part of a community but it is not uncommon for men to have no connection with their neighbours at all.
While many females have learnt to become a dab hand at juggling work, home, and the kids, many males have never spent 24 hours with the children, let alone seven whole days. Now it’s time to find out what happened when around 70 men were left to their own devices and given a chance to contribute to home and village life in a way that they have never done before.
Yet boys will be boys and the men also found time to celebrate their freedom with poker and pool nights. But who looked after the kids while they enjoyed their new found independence?
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