Jeremy James talks to Fred Streeter.
He is first, last and foremost a gardener, a man who, quite literally, talks to flowers. He has spent a long, long life building, loving and caring for beautiful gardens.
This week: The New Divorcees
Divorce was, in the past, a matter of social stigma as well as legal judgment. The action of ending a marriage, as often as not, involved damage to reputations, the open washing of dirty linen and - sometimes - children caught in the middle of a recriminatory tug of war. Twelve months ago the Divorce Reform Act was brought in to change all that. Designed to remove hypocrisy, inequity and publicity from divorce it still had a stormy passage through Parliament. For those who hailed it as a long overdue reform there were as many who condemned it as a 'Casanova's charter.'
Since then the number of divorces has soared. Is the new Act a complete answer? Who are the men and women who have sought freedom in the last 12 months? How fair has it been for them? - And what do their experiences indicate about the future for divorce - and marriage?
Mary Davies operates single-handed from the Lake District to the Scottish Border, seeking and sifting evidence and compiling detailed dossiers. The outcome of her investigations is the arrest of alteration and destruction: she is an Investigator of Historic Buildings.
Starring Alice Faye (above, right) Carmen Miranda, James Ellison with Eugene Pallette, Charlotte Greenwood, Edward Everett Horton and Benny Goodman and his Orchestra.
A romance between a show girl and a soldier provides the basis of a plot for one of the great Twentieth Century-Fox musicals of the 40s - typifying the escapist spirit of the extravagant and spectacular productions of the war years.
(This Week's Films: page 9)
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