The New Father

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Episode 3 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

Three-part series which tells the story of the revolution in modern fatherhood in Britain during the last hundred years. Using intimate testimony, rare archive and the latest historical research it reveals the very important, and often misunderstood, role played by fathers.

The final episode reveals how the experience of being a father was transformed between the 1960s and the present day and looks at the lives of a fascinating cross-section of fathers from all walks of life over the past fifty years.

The modern hands-on father has a more intimate relationship with his children than the past, but the sexual revolution and feminism has also made fathers more insecure than ever before. Modern divorce laws have excluded fathers from family life and from the access they want to their children. The anguish felt by many dads was expressed in the Fathers 4 Justice protest movement.

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  • Photo: Edison and Kane

    Photo: Edison and Kane

    Modern father Edison Johnson with his son Kane.

  • Photo: The O'Connors

    Photo: The O'Connors

    Matt O'Connor with his two young sons.


Steve Humphries


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