Can anyone remember a TV show, possibly called "Family" which was broadcast in the 60s? The show documented the everyday problems in a working class family with cameras in the home. I think the father was a bus driver and there was a teenage daughter and a younger son. The mother and father argued most of the time. Any information would be appreciated.
"The Family" (1974) is one of the first "reality" shows in the history of television. Modelled after the US TV series "An American Family (1972), this 12-part series documents the daily life of a working-class family from Reading, UK.
I'm not so certain that there really was a 1960s series, but All Knowledge is Good and I am sure Laurence may yet prove me wrong. Perhaps we're dealing with memories of a lot of the documentary strands like MAN ALIVE and so on (when BBC documentaries were aimed at intelligent people with an attention span...) which were often almost cinema verite with a voiceover.
Anyway, see this from a BFI page -
"Modelled on the 13-part observational series, An American Family (US, d. Craig Gilbert, 1972), producer Paul Watson's 12-part The Family (BBC, 1974) is credited with creating the concept of the 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary in Britain. Regardless, Watson's cinema verité-style, warts-and-all portrait of the working-class Wilkins family certainly popularised an 'observational' style still seen as the defining characteristic of British documentary some twenty-five years later."
There was a series made by BBC in 1963 called 'Citizen 63' which observed the day-to-day life of five different people who were filmed confronting the problems and pressures of every day life at the time. The following year the same production team returned with 'The Newcomers' a series recorded over a six-month period in the lives of a young married couple who were awaiting the birth of their first child. Both these series predated 'An American Family' and 'The Family' by almost a decade. I don't think either of them are the programme that I first thought about. I'm still working on that one.