Love And Marriage

Comedy drama following three generations of the same family. Alison Steadman stars as the matriarch who decides to walk out

Comedy Drama
2013  (ITV)
6 (1 series)
Alison Steadman, Duncan Preston, Celia Imrie, Larry Lamb, Ashley Jensen, David Ryall, Stewart Wright, Graeme Hawley, Zoe Telford, Niky Wardley, James McArdle & more
Stewart Harcourt
Tiger Aspect Productions

Love And Marriage follows the big love which binds the sprawling and chaotic Paradise family.

When Pauline Paradise retires from her job as a lollipop lady and returns home she looks around to see what her future holds. And she doesn't like what she sees. A non-communicative husband, 'silent' Ken, and the endless demands of her beloved adult children and their offspring.

So this quintessential family woman - the matriarch of the family and everybody's rock - decides to walk out on her life. She doesn't go very far though - just a few roads away to live with her sister, Rowan, who's led a very different life to Pauline. As young women, Rowan married 'up' and Pauline married 'down'. Pauline fancies a bit of what Rowan has and sets about getting it... but is it as easy as that...?

Pauline's walkout has a massive, emotional and funny impact on all the relationships around her. So in each episode, while following Pauline's journey the show also explores the other marriages in the family - focusing on a couple per week.

Love And Marriage. Image shows from L to R: Sarah Paradise (Ashley Jensen), Kevin Paradise (Stewart Wright), Heather McCallister (Niky Wardley), Charlie McCallister (James McArdle), Pauline Paradise (Alison Steadman), Ken Paradise (Duncan Preston), Tommy Sutherland (Larry Lamb), Rowan Holdaway (Celia Imrie), Michelle Paradise (Zoe Telford), Martin Paradise (Graeme Hawley). Image credit: Tiger Aspect Productions.