Marriage in the 1950s and 60s | From wedding vows to happily ever after?
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 18 January 1967
DURATION | 29 minutes 55 seconds
Desmond Wilcox interviews various men and women who are coping with divorce in 1960s Britain. Not only are they experiencing personal trauma, but also their predicament is seen as a 'social tragedy'. Despite the radical social changes of the decade, divorce is still very much stigmatised and both genders feel judged to varying degrees. This is an interesting insight into Britain in the 1960s.
Until 1969, despite small amendments made in the interim, divorce law was mainly based on legislation passed in 1937. The Divorce Reform Act of 1969 ushered in a series of subsequent changes and remains the defining law on divorce. This period also witnessed the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, which legalised homosexuality, and the 1967 Abortion Act, which made terminations legal under certain conditions.
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Is marriage out of date or does it still have relevance in modern society?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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