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Joe Maddison's War (2010)

Tyneside ship-builder Joe Maddison lost his faith in the trenches at the Somme in 1916. Now that World War Two has begun he is too old to enlist alongside his son and son-in-law and is also... See full summary »

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Sammy T. Dobson ...
Sheila Maddison (as Sammy Dobson)
James Atherton ...
Tommy Cowell
Angela Lonsdale ...
Polly Maddison
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Alan Maddison
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Father Connolly
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Trevor Fox ...
Eddie Turnbull
Niek Versteeg ...
Billy Nicholson
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Jackie Phillips ...
Lily Parkinson
Madelaine Newton ...
Jenny Barlow
Charlie Richmond ...
Sergeant Bull
Judi Earl ...
Woman 1
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Woman 2
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Tyneside ship-builder Joe Maddison lost his faith in the trenches at the Somme in 1916. Now that World War Two has begun he is too old to enlist alongside his son and son-in-law and is also in a reserved occupation so, after his wife Polly has left him for a sailor,he joins the Home Guard with his friends,Marxist Eddie and cynical,wise-cracking Harry.Harry's anti-authoritarian attitude causes problems with Mr. Simpson,the company commander,and Joe leads the men out on strike after Harry is expelled. However,after he has dealt with an unexploded bomb he is acclaimed a hero,and,along with his friends, reinstated,being promoted to corporal.He also meets widow Selina who brings him out of his shell but Polly returns,with the sailor's child,seeking a reconciliation, a request which splits the family. Come 1945 and the war is ending but Joe still has his personal conflict to resolve. Written by don @ minifie-1

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19 September 2010 (UK)  »

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A Guerra de Maddison  »

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In the opening scenes at the shipyard early in 1940 Robson and others discuss joining the LDV (later in the war known as the Home Guard), but the Daily Sketch they are reading has a front page report on the German advance on Moscow which didn't happen until late 1941. Poor research by someone. See more »

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[Harry led the Home Guard in singing a ribald song. Mr Simpson, now calling himself Major Simpson, was appalled and has summoned Harry to his office]
Mr. Simpson: That song. It's indecent. Women and children could have heard it.
Harry Crawford: We were in the middle of the countryside. Didn't seem to bother the cows. Songs like that kept us going on the Western Front.
[Simpson shows Harry a photograph]
Mr. Simpson: I know just as much as you about the Western Front, Private.
Harry Crawford: You're a bloody liar! I know you'd like us to think that that ...
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Pointless sappy nonsense!
16 July 2017 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

A few well-known faces (including Derek Jacobi) can't lift this awful drama.

The stilted and silly script is further hampered by the bloody annoying interruptions of vintage news footage. It's presumably there to lead us through the time-line but just serves to annoy the viewer when it jumps on stage unexpectedly.

Joe Maddison is a burdened WW1 veteran who has survived The Somme. As the next great war breaks out, his wife leaves then later comes back while he's keeping company with a war widow. She's up the duff with someone else's baby while he and his chums make a mockery of the newly formed Home Guard in Tyneside.

There's a lot of anti-war posturing in this program and it gets in the way of the story. What might have been a darkly comic look at some ageing and shell-shocked Home Guardsmen is just a hackneyed sketch about silly, childish old men who create their own silly childish problems.

Not one for the UK TV Hall of Fame time capsule!


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