David Powlett-Jones has just returned to England from the trenches of WWI. He was injured and shell-shocked and, after a spell in hospital he gets a job teaching in a boys boarding school ... See full summary »
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John Duttine ...
 David Powlett-Jones (13 episodes, 1980-1981)
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 Algy Herries (13 episodes, 1980-1981)
Alan MacNaughtan ...
 Howarth (12 episodes, 1980-1981)
Patricia Lawrence ...
 Ellie Herries (10 episodes, 1980-1981)
Neil Stacy ...
 Carter (8 episodes, 1980)
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David Powlett-Jones has just returned to England from the trenches of WWI. He was injured and shell-shocked and, after a spell in hospital he gets a job teaching in a boys boarding school in S.W. England. He is not at all sure he can do the job, but the avuncular headmaster has faith in him. David, although well educated, is just a humble lad from the Welsh valleys at heart and has to fit himself and his ideas into the heart of the English establishment. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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10 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Una vida a su servicio  »

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Matthew Waterhouse's first acting role. See more »

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Several times, the length of David's tie changes between indoor and outdoor scenes in the same sequence. Example: Episode 8 opens with David walking back to Bamfylde early in the morning. His tie ends well above his belt. When David arrives at his house and talks with Molyneux, David's tie extends below his belt. From there, David goes outdoors to meet Algy and Brigadier Cooper, and his tie is once again short. See more »

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Howarth: Anyone who doubts that a new dark age is coming upon us has only to spend a few hours with lower fourth. I despair, I despair. I am, as you all know, a pacifist by nature and conviction; but if a German soldier were attacking Pinkerton Minor, I'd be hard put to it not to come to his aid. The German soldier's, I mean.
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There's a Long, Long Trail
Music by Zo Elliott
Words by Stoddard King
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Brilliant and totally absorbing adaptation of the novel.
26 August 2000 | by (Cardiff, WALES) – See all my reviews

Having first seen this memorable serial in 1980, I was intrigued to have the opportunity to watch it again recently on UK Drama channel, 20 years on. I was not disappointed. It had truly withstood the test of time and was just as compelling as I remembered - why oh why has it never been repeated on BBC?

Sensitive dramatisation and inspired acting combined to make it a very reluctant farewell at the end of part 13. Complements to John Duttine, albeit belatedly, not only for his superb portrayal of PJ, but also for the authenticity and consistency of his Welsh accent. This "revisit" has made my year!


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