Marriage in the 1950s and 60s | From wedding vows to happily ever after?
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 01 April 1990
DURATION | 49 minutes 38 seconds
This programme tells the story of how advertising has addressed and depicted women with the help of some old adverts and the memories of the advertisers who made them. Tricks of the trade and the changing role of the housewife are uncovered along the way.
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Is marriage out of date or does it still have relevance in modern society?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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