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 ...
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Alderman Blunt wants to donate a war memorial to Bamfylde, but some of the Board resent a donation from a war profiteer. David and Beth marry and settle at Bamfylde, where Beth soon becomes pregnant....
David goes home to Wales for the first time since he was invalided out, but his brother rags him about turning into an upper-class snob. He spends the day at the seaside and meets Elizabeth Marwood, ...
When Cordwainer dies, Headmaster Herries offers David the housemaster position. Winterbourne, the son of a famous actress who is being divorced, runs away from school. While David supervises the hunt...
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
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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 »
Powlett Jones is referred to as PJ by Herries and others but as DJ by Alcock. See more »
Some men can live the celibate life. I don't fancy you're one of them.
What did *you* do about women all these years?
Your appetite for sordid revelations never ceases to astonish me.
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To Serve Them All My Days, really is a powerfully moving series and, like most film and television surrounding wars, speaks powerfully about its subject while keeping it firmly embedded in a tale appealing to those on either side of the fence.
The first episodes, depicting the young, limping shellshocked soldier David Powlett-Jones arriving at Bamfylde, and slowly making his way, growing stronger and forging bonds while earning respect with the students are powerful and moving.
If the later episodes involving romance, marriage and political machinations of the school system become a tad "soap operatic" - the same can be said of the best series today (The Sopranos, Dead Like Me, etc.) - and like those, the level of acting and commitment to the telling of the story at hand is impressive and never less than entertaining.
The cast is impressive, with affecting performances: John Duttine captures every bit of nervousness and one cannot help but route for his Powlett-Jones. Frank Middlemass and Patricia Lawrence as Algy and Ellie Herries are strong, sympathetic and make a formidable team. The brilliant Alan McNaughtan is amazing as Howarth keeping things from ever turning maudlin or saccharine and injects a beautifully jaundiced eye into the proceedings.
You can't go wrong with this set.
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