A Dundonald couple are to star in a UTV series about married life. ‘With this Ring’ returns for a second series on 12th November featuring nine couples in total who are sharing their thoughts and experiences about married life in Northern Ireland.
Marie and Lynas Lacey have been married for 42 years. They are both from Belfast but live in Dundonald. Marie is the founder and director of The Belfast Community Gospel Choir and Lynas is a retired soup salesman. They have one son who runs Bongos Bingo and one grandson, and they live in Liverpool. They were married on New Year’s Day 1977 and do absolutely everything together. Hysterically, Lynas tried to strangle her one night, though it was in his sleep.
The series features nine different couples in all from all over Northern Ireland, each with their own unique story, but all of whom are open and honest about their relationships. From a couple who have just tied the knot to a couple who have been married for over 50 years (and everything in between,) we will be chatting through the highs and laughing at the lows in what can only be described as the rollercoaster of married life.
Other couples include Sonya and Liam from Randalstown who eventually got together after much persistence from Liam; Carl and Lynda from Lisburn who met at a cross community arts programme; Belfast couple Michael and David who had a civil partnership in Lusty Beg just last year; and Alana and Shane from Omagh whose wedding video became an internet sensation.
Each of the eight episodes will focus on a different area of married life. We hear about first dates, proposals, trials and tribulations of the Big Day, having children, annoying habits and reflections on what their marriage vows mean to them.
Tony Curry, Editor of Programmes at UTV said, “This new series is a fun, light-hearted and touching look at the trials and tribulations of married life. The series will provide us with an A to Z of a lifetime of memories together.”
The series is sure to strike a chord with viewers as our couples share their experiences and look at the lighter side of life and the things that drive them nuts about each other.
We meet all the couples relaxing on their own sofas, sharing their stories and thoughts. Through their anecdotes, home movie footage and old photos we will discover what life was like back when our couples tied the knot and how they have endured one another to the present day.
‘With this Ring’ is produced for UTV by Belfast-based independent company Triplevision Productions and is sponsored by Ellison’s Jeweller’s Belfast. The series starts with a double episode Tuesday 12th November on UTV at 8pm and runs for eight episodes in total.