The lower middle class Ashton family of the city of Liverpool deal with life on the home front during the Second World War.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Colin Douglas Colin Douglas ...  Edwin Ashton 44 episodes, 1970-1972
Barbara Flynn ...  Freda Ashton / ... 40 episodes, 1970-1972
Lesley Nunnerley Lesley Nunnerley ...  Margaret Porter / ... 39 episodes, 1970-1972
Coral Atkins Coral Atkins ...  Sheila Ashton 34 episodes, 1970-1972
John McKelvey John McKelvey ...  Sefton Briggs 32 episodes, 1970-1972
Colin Campbell ...  David Ashton 30 episodes, 1970-1972
Shelagh Fraser ...  Jean Ashton 28 episodes, 1970-1972
T.R. Bowen T.R. Bowen ...  Tony Briggs 25 episodes, 1970-1972
Ian Thompson Ian Thompson ...  John Porter 24 episodes, 1970-1972
Keith Drinkel Keith Drinkel ...  Philip Ashton 19 episodes, 1970-1971
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The lower middle class Ashton family of the city of Liverpool deal with life on the home front during the Second World War.

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ashtonin perhe See more »

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Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Runtime:

(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Due to a union action by TV technicians, episodes A Family at War: Giving and Taking (1971) (2.12) to A Family at War: A Separate Peace (1971) (2.19) were made in black and white as a protest over pay. See more »

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Great drama
28 June 2004 | by NeppiSee all my reviews

A Family at War is this year's summer morning series of Finland's biggest TV channel. I had never even heard of the show until now, and thus became a fan by accident when I happened to turn on the TV at the right moment. There is something in the series that captures a viewer's interest in an instant - maybe it's the realistic touch, or the brilliant acting, or the interesting story, though probably all of them together.

I can only be amazed by the high standard of British drama, and especially by the intensity and impact of A Family at War. It is a masterpiece, a wonderful portrait of normal people during the Second World War.


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