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 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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Briarley: [about Powlett-Jones] Look at him pounding away. Do you think he's got a screw loose?
Boyer: Of course he has. Wouldn't be here otherwise. Mind you, he's his own special sort of loony.
Briarley: Might be a spy.
Boyer: What, reporting back to the Kaiser on Killer Carter and the Corps? No, he's just a pro-Hun loony. Pro-Jerry loony? Well, he should know.
Dobson: I'll bet he won't last long.
Boyer: No, more's the pity. Well, he's interesting, anyway.
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There's a Long, Long Trail
Music by Zo Elliott
Words by Stoddard King
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Exquisite
11 March 2000 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Possibly the finest mini series ever produced.John Duttine gave the performance of his life in this series,as did the whole cast. How I wish I could see it again,yet have been unable to obtain it anywhere,and never has it been repeated on the BBC. So caught up in the life of these characters was I,that it has stayed with me,and brings such fond memories of a time gone by. If only all television was THIS good.


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