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To Serve Them All My Days 

David Powlett-Jones has just returned to England from the trenches of WWI. He was injured and shell-shocked and, after a spell in hospital he gets a job teaching in a boys boarding school ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
John Duttine ...  David Powlett-Jones 13 episodes, 1980-1981
Frank Middlemass ...  Algy Herries 13 episodes, 1980-1981
Alan MacNaughtan ...  Howarth 12 episodes, 1980-1981
Patricia Lawrence Patricia Lawrence ...  Ellie Herries 10 episodes, 1980-1981
Neil Stacy Neil Stacy ...  Carter 8 episodes, 1980
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David Powlett-Jones has just returned to England from the trenches of WWI. He was injured and shell-shocked and, after a spell in hospital he gets a job teaching in a boys boarding school in S.W. England. He is not at all sure he can do the job, but the avuncular headmaster has faith in him. David, although well educated, is just a humble lad from the Welsh valleys at heart and has to fit himself and his ideas into the heart of the English establishment. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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UK

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English

Release Date:

10 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una vida a su servicio See more »

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(13 parts)

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Mono

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Color
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The filming at the Milton Abbey School in Dorset, which served as Bamfylde in the series, took place during actual school term. The "real" students at the school happily mixed with the cast and crew and many of the boys who appear in the series are genuine schoolboys. See more »

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Powlett Jones is referred to as PJ by Herries and others but as DJ by Alcock. See more »

Quotes

Boyer: [giving David the book "Memoirs of Sergeant Bourgogne"] Do you remember, sir, back in the fifth, you said that if we wanted to know what war was really like, we should read that? You said you'd lost your own copy at Ypres or somewhere.
David Powlett-Jones: I wouldn't have expected anyone to remember that.
Boyer: What you said about it then, sir, was that it helped you get through. No matter how bad things were at the front, those 18th century soldiers had it worse, and if Sergeant Bourgogne could get through his war, then,...
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There's a Long, Long Trail
Music by Zo Elliott
Words by Stoddard King
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A Fine Touching Story of the English Public School System
23 February 2004 | by Robby49See all my reviews

I saw this film when it appeared on Masterpiece Theater in the 80's and was enthralled by it. After 20 years it has been released on DVD by Acorn Media and BBC. I purchased a copy, and it is just as great today as it was originally on Masterpiece Theater. The characters of Headmaster Algy Herres and Teacher Ian Howarth are particularly appealing. I thought the only weak spot in the entire film was the portrayal of Christine, Powlett-Jones second wife. I would recommend this movie to any family without hesitation.


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