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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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1981   1980  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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...  David Powlett-Jones 13 episodes, 1980-1981
...  Algy Herries 13 episodes, 1980-1981
...  Howarth 12 episodes, 1980-1981
Patricia Lawrence ...  Ellie Herries 10 episodes, 1980-1981
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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10 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Una vida a su servicio  »

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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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Several times, the length of David's tie changes between indoor and outdoor scenes in the same sequence. Example: Episode 8 opens with David walking back to Bamfylde early in the morning. His tie ends well above his belt. When David arrives at his house and talks with Molyneux, David's tie extends below his belt. From there, David goes outdoors to meet Algy and Brigadier Cooper, and his tie is once again short. See more »

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Howarth: Some men can live the celibate life. I don't fancy you're one of them.
David Powlett-Jones: What did *you* do about women all these years?
Howarth: [pauses, smiles] Your appetite for sordid revelations never ceases to astonish me.
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School Song
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Written by Kenyon Emrys-Roberts
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Brilliant and totally absorbing adaptation of the novel.
26 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

Having first seen this memorable serial in 1980, I was intrigued to have the opportunity to watch it again recently on UK Drama channel, 20 years on. I was not disappointed. It had truly withstood the test of time and was just as compelling as I remembered - why oh why has it never been repeated on BBC?

Sensitive dramatisation and inspired acting combined to make it a very reluctant farewell at the end of part 13. Complements to John Duttine, albeit belatedly, not only for his superb portrayal of PJ, but also for the authenticity and consistency of his Welsh accent. This "revisit" has made my year!


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