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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John Finch
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1974   1972   1971   1970  

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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 | History | War

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The theme music is the First Movement (Allegro) of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sixth Symphony. See more »

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Referenced in Talkies: John Finch on Themes (2017) See more »

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charming picture of war's effect on those who "stand and wait"
11 July 2006 | by mcclains13See all my reviews

It was titled Familien Ashton in Denmark, where I watched on Sunday nights while I was living there. It was a charming picture of war's effect on those who, as John Milton said, "also serve who only stand and wait." The native Danes appreciated it as well and kept a strict appointment on Sunday nights to tune in. At a distance of lo, these 35 years, it's difficult to remember specifics. I do, however, remember the series with a smile. Combined with WWII-related places and structures that I'd been seeing in Europe, it really brought home to this young (at that time) American the reality of war, which to that point had been rather an abstract concept to me. Similarly, in the early 1990s, there was a short-lived American TV series, Homefront, which did a very fine job of portraying America at home during World War II.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Family at War See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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Runtime:

(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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