The Love Ban
|The Love Ban|
|Directed by||Ralph Thomas|
|Produced by||Betty E. Box|
|Based on||the play It's a 2'6" Above the Ground World by Kevin Laffan|
|Music by||Stanley Myers|
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The Love Ban is a 1973 British comedy film directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Hywel Bennett, Nanette Newman and Milo O'Shea. It was based on a play by Kevin Laffan. It is also known under the alternative titles of It's a 2'6' Above the Ground World and Anyone for Sex?.
A married couple with six children experience marital difficulties. Wife Kate refuses to sleep with husband Mick until he uses birth control, while their live-in au-pair falls pregnant.
- Hywel Bennett - Mick Goonahan
- Nanette Newman - Kate Goonahan
- Milo O'Shea - Father Andrew
- Angharad Rees - Jackie
- Nicky Henson - Baker
- Georgina Hale - Joyce
- Madeline Smith - Miss Partridge
- Peter Barkworth - Bra Factory Director
- John Cleese - Contraceptives Lecturer
- Marianne Stone - Customer In Chemists
- Nina Baden-Semper - Skyline Waitress
- Cheryl Hall - Pregnant Woman
- Jacki Piper - Pregnant Woman
- David Howey - Barber
- Tommy Godfrey - Barber
- James Leith - Policeman
- Tony Haygarth - Policeman
The film was based on a 1969 play by Kevin Laffan, It's a 2'6' Above the Ground World. Laffan was one of 14 children from a devout Roman Catholic family and his critical view on the Church's stance on birth control was a recurring theme of his work. The play starred Prunella Scales in a production at the Bristol Old Vic, and was a hit, moving to the Wyndham Theatre.
- Kevin Laggan obituary at The Telegraph
- Kevin Laffan obituary at The Independent
- Kevin Laffan special collections
- THEATRE: A popular giant Bryden, Ronald. The Observer (1901- 2003) [London (UK)] 07 Dec 1969: 40D.
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