You asked for a female perspective, Maxine.
My husband and I both work in TV, we've been married for 26 years and we have children. We are both freelance and both travel for work, however we’re rarely booked on the same programs.
I think the success of combining a TV career and marriage really depends on the individuals and their expectations. My husband and I were already working in TV when we met, and because we both already traveled for work we were totally used to being apart before we ever decided to tie the knot and start a family.
Being in the same industry means we understand and appreciated each other's work commitments and crazy schedules, it means we understand when the other can’t take a call, and it also means that we know those drinks in the hotel bar after a long day are just drinks, and don’t automatically assume something inappropriate is going on; I’ve seen a lot of industry relationships break down because of trust issues.
I've always felt pleased when a great job's come in for my husband and he's always been equally supportive of my career, although having kids and both working in the industry involves give and take and an awful lot of juggling, especially when there’s no family living nearby to help out!
Supporting each other, but also seeing each other as individuals and not relying on the other for happiness is key, but then surely that’s the same in any relationship, and there’s no reason why working in TV and film and having a relationship should be any different to other jobs with long hours, travel and changeable schedules.