1 9 8 6 (UK)
7 x 45 minute episodes
Airing in January 1986, The Marriage was a fly on the wall documentary series from Desmond Wilcox which aimed to capture the total modern British wedding experience at a time when reality TV wasn’t even a thing yet.
Cardiff couple Marc and Karen had seen an advert in the paper and were eventually chosen to have their lives documented for eighteen months by the BBC.
Being a unique experiment in television as well as giving people a chance to have a right good nosy into other folks lives, the series was a huge success and lead to the theme tune – Starting Together performed by Su Pollard – spending four weeks in the top ten, eventually reaching #2 just after the final episode aired.
Unlike the other big marriage of 1986 (Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson), Marc and Karen are still together and have four children.