Thirty years in the life of a working-class British family, during times of great change.


John Finch




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Series cast summary:
Michael Goodliffe ...  Jack Barraclough 39 episodes, 1973-1975
Alethea Charlton Alethea Charlton ...  Ethel Barraclough 36 episodes, 1973-1975
James Hazeldine ...  Frank Barraclough 28 episodes, 1973-1975
Dorothy White Dorothy White ...  Eileen Barraclough / ... 27 episodes, 1973-1975
Mark McManus Mark McManus ...  Sam Wilson 26 episodes, 1974-1975
Ray Smith Ray Smith ...  George Barraclough 26 episodes, 1973-1975
Maggie Jones Maggie Jones ...  Polly Barraclough 23 episodes, 1973-1975
Jennifer Hilary ...  Sarah Wilson / ... 22 episodes, 1974-1975
John Price John Price ...  Alan Dakin 21 episodes, 1973-1975
Kevin Moreton Kevin Moreton ...  Sam Wilson / ... 21 episodes, 1973-1975
Cherith Mellor Cherith Mellor ...  Cassie Crossman / ... 19 episodes, 1974-1975
Alan David Alan David ...  Maurice 'Granny' Naylor / ... 18 episodes, 1973-1975


Thirty years in the life of a working-class British family, during times of great change.

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12 June 1973 (UK) See more »

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A superb social document
27 February 2012 | by glenngoodman-1See all my reviews

I have just watched all 3 series on DVD and cannot recommend it highly enough. First and foremost the writing is awe inspiring, coupled with each and every actor at the top of his/her form will leave the viewer with much food for thought. I am 52 years of age and naturally have no first hand adult knowledge of the times (1930's - 1960's) or the geography & industry of the setting, but if you have any interest at all in social history this is an absolute must. I genuinely did not want to reach the final episodes, I feel I've lost something without an episode to look forward to...It will not be too long before I watch all 3 series back to back again, so deep does the writer delve into each character over so many episodes one cannot fail to totally immersed into the lives of such brilliant portrayals...Please take time out to watch Sam if you ever have the opportunity, I assure you you will be glad you did.

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