Marriage in the 1950s and 60s | From wedding vows to happily ever after?
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 04 January 1967
DURATION | 29 minutes 29 seconds
Young couples talk openly about the difference children have made to their marriages and themselves in an age where women's and men's roles are still defined by tradition and society.
Penny Vincenzi, who features in this programme, is a best selling novelist. She began her career as a secretary working for Vogue, Tatler and the London Mirror. After being mentored by Marje Proops during her time at the latter, she eventually became a fashion and beauty writer, then editor of several high profile magazines before launching her own magazine with her husband. Through a chance meeting with Desmond Elliott, she went on to publish her first novel.
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Is marriage out of date or does it still have relevance in modern society?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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