Marriage in the 1950s and 60s | From wedding vows to happily ever after?
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 14 October 1964
DURATION | 40 minutes 54 seconds
Sybil Thorndike and Lewis Casson lead the way in this revealing documentary that looks into the future of marriage. Experts, including renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, give their views on how marriage is adapting to our changing society. Meanwhile, students, young people and members of an 'old folks' club' relate their experiences and opinions of marriage in terms that range from the romantic to the self-consciously modern.
Sybil Thorndike was a renowned British theatre actress who received particular acclaim for her performance in the title role of George Bernard Shaw's 'Saint Joan', which was written for her.
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Is marriage out of date or does it still have relevance in modern society?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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