In the late 1940s, early '50s, American cinema developed a style known as film noir
as captured by the Mark Knopfler composition "Private Investigations
." In the '50s and '60s, British cinema and the nascent TV soap operas developed a different style, which although not a recognized genre might best be summed up as kitchen sink
, a term apparently first coined by Noël Coward. Picture overweight, frumpy, chain smoking housewives, hair in curlers, hanging out of tenement windows talking incessantly. This is the essence of "Gossip Calypso."