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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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John Finch states that he only wrote the original treatment as a ruse to be invited to the annual Granada conference where new drama ideas were discussed. He was surprised that his idea was almost the only one discussed. Granada was noted for avoiding lavish costume drama, but liked the concept of a drama based around less expensive studio-based domestic interiors with a minimum of location shooting. See more »

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Referenced in Talkies: John Finch & Wartime Life (2017) See more »

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Greatest dramatic TV series in memory
27 November 2002 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

I saw these 50+ episodes re-run nightly in New York during the summer of 1975 or 1976. They were completely transporting, fabulous, deeply memorable. I've not seen them anywhere since - yet they are apparently not for sale.

In somewhat soap-operatic fashion, the story of two neighboring families in Liverpool during 1939-1945 brought home vividly the impact of the Second World War on an area of Britain.

This series was far more powerful and moving than Sopranos - because it better captures the details of daily life - and thus makes us believe its reality - and terrible tragedies. If you ever get the chance to entwine your life with this series, do it.

It makes one very much think about larger themes such as the impact of historical events on private lives. It's simply wonderful.


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