It's A 2'6" Above The Ground World. Mick Goonahan (Hywel Bennett). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL
It's A 2'6" Above The Ground World

It's A 2'6" Above The Ground World

  • 1973 film

Comedy about a man whose religion forbids him from using birth control, and is thrown out of his tired wife's bed accordingly. Stars Hywel Bennett, Nanette Newman, Milo O'Shea, Nicky Henson, John Cleese and more.

It's A 2'6" Above The Ground World. Image shows from L to R: Mick Goonahan (Hywel Bennett), Kate Goonahan (Nanette Newman). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL

Key details

Kevin Laffan
Hywel Bennett, Nanette Newman, Milo O'Shea, Nicky Henson, John Cleese, Angharad Rees, Georgina Hale, Peter Barkworth and more
Ralph Thomas
Betty E. Box and Julian Sacher

It's been ten months since Kate gave birth to the twins, her and husband Mick's sixth and seventh children, but he is still banned from the marital bed.

A devout Catholic and good friend of the local priest, Mick follows the church's teachings - literally - religiously, including the Papal ban on using any method of contraception. But the house is already fit to burst; they are forced to employ a live-in au pair to help take care of the brood; and Kate wants nothing less than to be pregnant. Again.

Accordingly, she has been barricading herself in the master bedroom every night, relegating Mick to a spare bedroom unless he consents to using protection - which he steadfastly refuses to do. And both sides in this battle of wills want nothing more than to be back in the other's arms.

When he begins, as if a mirage in a sun-parched desert, imagining that any attractive woman he sees - be it in the office, on the commute, or out in town - is completely naked, Mick realises that the problem is starting to have a far more deep effect on his psyche, and his every day life. That he works for a clothing manufacturer specialising in ladies' underwear and lingerie only brings the frustrations into yet sharper focus!

As tensions come to the boil, Kate offers a final ultimatum, Mick seeks Father Andrew's personal advice, and there are surprising goings-on concerning au pair Jackie, too.

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Additional details

UK certificate
96 minutes
UK release
Friday 26th January 1973

British Lion

Also known as
  • The Love Ban (Re-release)
  • Anyone For Sex? (Foreign title)
Camera set-up
Single camera

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Recording details

  • Shepperton Studios
  • Weybridge (Surrey) - Filmed on location in June 1972

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