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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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 »

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A Family at War (Fan Site)
9 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a terrific series of 52 episodes, following the Ashton family of Liverpool through the war years, 1938-1945. Writing and acting are superb, and you will be hooked from the first episode until the end. The entire series of "A Family at War" is now available on DVD. However, be sure your DVD player supports Region 2 (PAL) discs, as Region 1 (NTSC) machines will not be able to play them. You may wish to visit A Family at War (Fan Site) at This site includes a complete episode guide, cast photos, a slide show with theme music, links to related sites, and information on how to join a discussion group (of which series creator and principal writer John Finch is a member).

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