How the events of WW 2 affected various members of a lower middle class family in Liverpool, the emphasis being on life on the home front.


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Series cast summary:
Colin Douglas ...
 Edwin Ashton (44 episodes, 1970-1972)
 Freda Ashton / ... (40 episodes, 1970-1972)
Lesley Nunnerley ...
 Margaret Porter / ... (39 episodes, 1970-1972)
Coral Atkins ...
 Sheila Ashton (34 episodes, 1970-1972)
John McKelvey ...
 Sefton Briggs (32 episodes, 1970-1972)
Colin Campbell ...
 David Ashton (30 episodes, 1970-1972)
 Jean Ashton (28 episodes, 1970-1972)
T.R. Bowen ...
 Tony Briggs (25 episodes, 1970-1972)
Ian Thompson ...
 John Porter (24 episodes, 1970-1972)
Keith Drinkel ...
 Philip Ashton (19 episodes, 1970-1971)


How the events of WW 2 affected various members of a lower middle class family in Liverpool, the emphasis being on life on the home front.

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Drama | War





Release Date:

14 April 1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ashtonin perhe  »

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(52 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Finch states that he only wrote the original treatment as a ruse to be invited to the annual Granada conference where new drama ideas were discussed. He was surprised that his idea was almost the only one discussed. Granada was noted for avoiding lavish costume drama, but liked the concept of a drama based around less expensive studio-based domestic interiors with a minimum of location shooting. See more »


Referenced in Blankety Blank: Episode #4.6 (1981) See more »

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charming picture of war's effect on those who "stand and wait"
11 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was titled Familien Ashton in Denmark, where I watched on Sunday nights while I was living there. It was a charming picture of war's effect on those who, as John Milton said, "also serve who only stand and wait." The native Danes appreciated it as well and kept a strict appointment on Sunday nights to tune in. At a distance of lo, these 35 years, it's difficult to remember specifics. I do, however, remember the series with a smile. Combined with WWII-related places and structures that I'd been seeing in Europe, it really brought home to this young (at that time) American the reality of war, which to that point had been rather an abstract concept to me. Similarly, in the early 1990s, there was a short-lived American TV series, Homefront, which did a very fine job of portraying America at home during World War II.

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