Marriage in the 1950s and 60s | From wedding vows to happily ever after?
CHANNEL | BBC Television Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 11 March 1963
DURATION | 16 minutes 47 seconds
This report looks into the current proposal for changes to the law that would prevent the need for a 'matrimonial offence' to have been committed and grant a divorce if a couple have been separated for seven years. A private detective who earns his living from 'surprising' adulterous partners so that a matrimonial offence can be proved explains the workings of the current system. Reporter John Morgan then meets people who are trapped by the current laws and Church leaders on both sides of the argument for divorce reform.
Leo Abse put forward the Matrimonial Causes Bill later in 1963; it was passed and the Act became law in 1964. Abse also put through the Private Member's Bill that led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Which qualities helped to make an 'ideal' 1950s wife?
A white wedding and a honeymoon or a house deposit?
When does spinsterhood start?
Teenage runaways head for Gretna Green.
How do women spend their housekeeping?
A 'day in the life' of three married couples.
Teenagers' views on sex and marriage.
Will changing the divorce law make Britain more 'divorce minded'?
The social changes affecting marriage in post-war UK life.
The good, the bad and the purpose of marriage in the 1960s.
Is marriage out of date or does it still have relevance in modern society?
The movers and shakers of 1965 on women and marriage.
Why are modern couples rejecting traditional values?
How children have altered the lives of young married couples.
Some of the reasons for the breakdown of marriage are explored.
Life after divorce in the 1960s.
An invitation to the wedding of Norma and Barry - and Diana and Tim.
Why are white shirts and shiny floors the sign of a good woman?
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