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One ordinary week, four extraordinary families.
Filled with hilarity and heartbreak, ITV’s new documentary series, Happy Families, looks behind Britain’s net curtains for an intimate insight into how we as families live, love and laugh. More than the individual story of each family, by capturing life issues that resonate across the generational, social, cultural and geographical fabric of the country, the series sets out to show what it means to be a family in Britain today.
With cameras placed on fixed rigs throughout the home, capturing every moment from breakfast to bedtime, we filmed four families for one week each. From the north of England to the south coast, toddlers to teenagers, child birth to marriage, from the breadline to middle class comfort – we interweave our four families to reveal what makes them the same and sets them apart, and what it means to be a happy family.
Episode Four: The Couples’ Tale
'The first rule of marriage - your wife is always right.'
In the final episode of this innovative series about what it means to be a family in Britain today, our four families reveal their different ways of making marriage work. From breaking up to making up , from new flames to old romance - this is the couples' tale .
This week Mel and Kris lead the way as they prepare to renew their vows in front of family and friends, but it's a celebration on a shoestring. Five kids, two cats, five part time jobs and a limited budget do not make for a calm week. As the ceremony looms, tensions run high. Is love enough to get them down the aisle?
There are lessons to be learned from our other couples. The Chalks have been together since they were teenagers; they've weathered plenty of storms and twenty years on they're still in love. The Othen-Alexanders are experts at the challenges couples face second time round. For the Tahirs, the bone of contention is the mother-in-law.