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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 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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Trivia

At the start of Episode 6, after David learns the sad news about Beth and the twins, he walks outside to an isolated part of the school grounds, is eventually joined by Howarth, and then walks off alone to the nearby moors. What transpires so smoothly on film was actually recorded over several months. The scene with Howarth was shot in March, the scene on the moors in mid-May and the scene with David receiving news of the accident in June. Part of the problem was that the school used for the film was in Dorset, which doesn't have moors. Those were found in Devon. 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: Some men can live the celibate life. I don't fancy you're one of them.
David Powlett-Jones: What did *you* do about women all these years?
Howarth: [pauses, smiles] Your appetite for sordid revelations never ceases to astonish me.
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There's a Long, Long Trail
Music by Zo Elliott
Words by Stoddard King
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A Fine Touching Story of the English Public School System
23 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film when it appeared on Masterpiece Theater in the 80's and was enthralled by it. After 20 years it has been released on DVD by Acorn Media and BBC. I purchased a copy, and it is just as great today as it was originally on Masterpiece Theater. The characters of Headmaster Algy Herres and Teacher Ian Howarth are particularly appealing. I thought the only weak spot in the entire film was the portrayal of Christine, Powlett-Jones second wife. I would recommend this movie to any family without hesitation.


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