Marriage in the 1950s and 60s | From wedding vows to happily ever after?
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 02 March 1966
DURATION | 29 minutes 9 seconds
Current-affairs series 'Man Alive' speaks to couples who, for various reasons, have decided not to take the traditional route towards marriage. Some have been married before but are unable to obtain the divorces they need, while others just see marriage as an outdated concept. What are the effects of this on their children and how does wider society view couples who are 'living in sin'?
Marjorie Proops, who is interviewed for this programme, was Britain's best-known agony aunt thanks to her column in the 'Daily Mirror', which ran for nearly 40 years. She had previously been fashion editor and women's editor at the 'Daily Herald' and during her time at the 'Daily Mirror' she spoke out on issues such as sex education, pre-marital intercourse and contraception.
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Is marriage out of date or does it still have relevance in modern society?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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