Marriage in the 1950s and 60s | From wedding vows to happily ever after?
CHANNEL | The Light Programme
RECORDED | 11 May 1950
DURATION | 4 minutes 33 seconds
Four husbands discuss whether they would like to have more than one wife and, in doing so, reveal many of their thoughts about the limitations of women. A further conversation about charm and glamour suggests that the most important feminine quality might be a willingness to pay attention to men. Pioneering DIY presenters Barry Bucknell and WP Matthew take part in this supposedly tongue-in-cheek debate.
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Is marriage out of date or does it still have relevance in modern society?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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