To Serve Them All My Days (TV Mini-Series 1980) Poster

(1980 TV Mini-Series)

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Season 1

17 Oct. 1980
Part One
During WWI, an injured and shell-shocked David Powlett-Jones applies to teach history at an English boys' public school, but he is concerned about whether a lower-class product of the Welsh mines can fit in. The boys are alarmed by his unconventional teaching approach and the masters suspicious of his
 
24 Oct. 1980
Part Two
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, a nurse who is also on holiday, and they agree to write. Back at school, students and masters celebrate the Armistice. David invites Beth to the school for Founders Day and pops the question.
 
31 Oct. 1980
Part Three
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 fights the idea of a useless war memorial but loses to Carter and Blunt.
 
7 Nov. 1980
Part Four
Headmaster Herries hires Mrs. Darbyshire, a semi-widow whose husband was gassed and will never leave the hospital, to teach second form. Beth gives birth to twin girls. A fire challenges David when he steps in as housemaster after Cordwainer is taken ill. Blades and Mrs. Darbyshire are drawn to each other.
 
14 Nov. 1980
Part Five
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 for the missing boy, Beth and the twins take the new car into town to get their pictures taken.
 
21 Nov. 1980
Part Six
David is devastated by the death of Beth and the twins, and contemplates leaving Bamfylde for good. Years later, David discovers Carter has been calling his house the Kremlin and demands an apology. David runs into Julia in London and discovers she is interested in him.
 
28 Nov. 1980
Part Seven
Headmaster Herries announces his retirement, and David feels forced to campaign to be his replacement to be sure Carter can't turn the school into a military environment. David spends the night with Julia and proposes to her, but she reminds him she hates Bamfylde.
 
5 Dec. 1980
Part Eight
The new headmaster is more concerned with discipline over the welfare of the boys. Julia appears at Bamfylde with some news for David.
 
12 Dec. 1980
Part Nine
Alcock demands that the housemasters identify the older boys who have special friendships with younger boys. Carter intends to buy a prep school and invites David to be his partner. David is intrigued by Christine Forster, a would-be Labour MP from an upper-class background. Alcock threatens David with dismissal if he doesn't resign.
 
19 Dec. 1980
Part Ten
Headmaster Alcock is determined to have David fired and makes a formal complaint to the governors. David's book finds a prestigious publisher. Alcock tries to bribe Howarth with an assistant headmastership. Alcock reacts unexpectedly to the governors' decision.
 
2 Jan. 1981
Part Eleven
David feels guilty about Alcock's death. Herries steps in as temporary headmaster to groom David to take over. David tries to encourage Christine, who is sure she is going to lose the by-election. David's book is published to glowing reviews.
 
9 Jan. 1981
Part Twelve
Christine reappears, bringing a young Jewish refugee to Bamfylde. David's mother dies, and he clashes with Emrys at the funeral.
 
16 Jan. 1981
Part Thirteen
Christine is discontented at Bamfylde, but David finally finds something to use her energies. Julia's son comes to study at Bamfylde. Howarth's long illness comes to an end.
 

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