I quoted this on another thread-
Man will bow his neck to matrimony only if there is no other way out, and "he wonders all the rest of his life why he did."
It was from a famous American professor of both Clinical Medicine and Medical History. Logan Clendening by name.
It struck me earlier that the women on Coronation Street are so awful that the main joke is watching blokes performing who have "no other way out" and who we are shown artistic depictions of, just as with Shakespeare, through all stages of the process from the twinkle in the eye to the long drawn out rest of their lives with occasional flashes of them wondering why they did it.
In fact, when I think about it, everything might run along similar lines. Try Ovid for example. (No don't).
It might be remiss of us to think of the ladies in Eastenders or Emmerdale as superior in taste and refinement to those in Coronation Street. Or those in the "bonnet" flicks.
Dick van Dyke, probably following in the footsteps of W.C.Fields, gave a virtuoso display if you remember.
Tony Hancock demonstrated the finding another way out.