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The Love Ban

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The Love Ban
Directed byRalph Thomas
Based onthe play It's a 2'6" Above the Ground World by Kevin Laffan
Produced byBetty E. Box
StarringHywel Bennett
Nanette Newman
Angharad Rees
CinematographyTony Imi
Edited byRoy Watts
Music byStanley Myers
Welbeck Films
Distributed byBritish Lion Films
Release date
25 January 1973
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Love Ban is a 1973 British comedy film directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Hywel Bennett, Nanette Newman and Milo O'Shea.[1] 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?

It was shot at Shepperton Studios with sets designed by the art director Anthony Pratt.

Plot summary

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.



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's Theatre.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Kevin Laffan obituary at The Telegraph
  3. ^ Kevin Laffan obituary at The Independent
  4. ^ Maclean, Margaret. "Playwright Kevin Laffan".
  5. ^ THEATRE: A popular giant Bryden, Ronald. The Observer (1901- 2003) [London (UK)] 07 Dec 1969: 40D.

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