A Family at War (1970–1972)

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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)
Leslie Nunnerley ...
 Margaret Ashton / ... (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)
Shelagh Fraser ...
 Jean Ashton (27 episodes, 1970-1971)
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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14 April 1970 (UK)  »

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Ashtonin perhe  »

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Due to a union action by TV technicians, some season two shows were made in black and white as a protest over pay. See more »

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27 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I also saw A Family at War on my PBS station in the 70's and loved that show. I wish it was available on DVD. I wish BBC America would rerun it. Why is it out of circulation? This show was on every Sunday in my area for a year. This was before VCRs so I always tried to make it home to watch this show. In my area it was on at 5PM. The stories were so compelling. I really got into the family. One interesting filming note on the series was that somewhere in the middle of the run the series had to go to black and white tape. It seemed that the color tape people went on strike so some of the episodes had to be filmed in black and white. I think there are about a months worth of episodes in black and white. If you ever get to see this series or if it ever gets on DVD please try to get it. You will not be disappointed. The acting is top notch all the way. Every character is fleshed out. You will be so drawn into the continuing story that you will not want to miss an episode. This is a continuing story not unlike many soap operas. But once this one starts it will grab you and you will be hooked to the very last episode. This is a series not to be missed. Catch it from the very beginning.

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