Till Death Us Do Part
is a 1969 film
based on the BBC television series Till Death Us Do Part
which aired from 1965 until 1975. The film was directed by Norman Cohen
and written by Johnny Speight
, the creator of the television version.
The film begins in September 1939 shortly after World War II
begins. Alf Garnett, a dockyard worker, and his wife Else had been married for only a few weeks, and are already weary of one another. The film depicts their lives during the London Blitz
. Else eventually gets pregnant to Alf and Else's shock, and they have a baby daughter in 1942. Alf gets called up for military duty but is turned down since he has a family.
Midway through the film it advances 20 years or so from the end of World War II
to the 1966 Election
.Rita is now a young woman and engaged to Michael Rawlins, a long haired layabout originally from Liverpool. Alf dislikes him because of his long hair and support for the Labour Party. Trouble gets worse when Mike and Rita marry in a Catholic church, angering Alf. Later he fights with Mike's father. But Alf and Mike grow a bit closer, attending the 1966 World Cup final
together. The film ends in 1968 with the family moving to a new tower block in Essex after their East End neighbourhood street is demolished.