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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Series cast summary:
Colin Douglas ...  Edwin Ashton 44 episodes, 1970-1972
...  Freda Ashton / ... 40 episodes, 1970-1972
Lesley Nunnerley ...  Margaret Porter / ... 39 episodes, 1970-1972
Coral Atkins ...  Sheila Ashton 34 episodes, 1970-1972
John McKelvey ...  Sefton Briggs 32 episodes, 1970-1972
Colin Campbell ...  David Ashton 30 episodes, 1970-1972
...  Jean Ashton 28 episodes, 1970-1972
T.R. Bowen ...  Tony Briggs 25 episodes, 1970-1972
Ian Thompson ...  John Porter 24 episodes, 1970-1972
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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14 April 1970 (UK)  »

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A soap-opera, but an excellent one
7 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

I was a small boy watching this series now and then in the seventies. But I have always remembered it to be a fine series. I have seen it again the last month. I did remember some of the characters, Peter and Sheila especially, and Mr and Mrs Ashton, off course, and it was fun to see John Nettles as a very young man. But what really hit me, right in the stomach, so to say, was the quality. After all these years there is almost no TV- production that can compete with this astonishing - amazing superb quality. The actors, the producers, everything. What is sad, is that TV in general becomes some poor compared to such high-quality as "A family at war". There are exceptions, like "Brideshead revisited", but I feel, after being a member of the Ashton family for a month, that I need a long break from TV. It just isn't worth it.


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