Marriage in the 1950s and 60s | From wedding vows to happily ever after?
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 11 January 1967
DURATION | 29 minutes 51 seconds
Desmond Wilcox interviews couples whose marriages have gone wrong for various reasons, from a woman whose husband prefers fishing to spending time with her to a couple who invited the husband's young mistress into their family home. Most speak with wisdom drawn from experience and can identify the reasons for the failure of their marriages, musing on how they could have done things differently.
At the time this programme was broadcast, divorce could only be obtained through proof of 'matrimonial offence' (adultery, cruelty or desertion for three years). Divorce law was reformed in 1969, and currently the divorce process is still based on this legislation.
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Is marriage out of date or does it still have relevance in modern society?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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