A Family at War (1970–1972)
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The Gate of the Year 

December 1939. Everyone adjusts to new roles during the 'Phony War', but Margaret's problems with her mother-in-law come to a head when John has unexpected leave.

Director:

Michael Cox

Writers:

John Finch (by), John Finch (series devised by)

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
King George VI ... Himself (as The Late King George VI)
Colin Douglas Colin Douglas ... Edwin Ashton
Shelagh Fraser ... Jean Ashton
Colin Campbell ... David Ashton
Coral Atkins Coral Atkins ... Sheila Ashton
Lesley Nunnerley Lesley Nunnerley ... Margaret Porter
Ian Thompson Ian Thompson ... John Porter
Keith Drinkel Keith Drinkel ... Philip Ashton
Barbara Flynn ... Freda Ashton
John McKelvey John McKelvey ... Sefton Briggs
T.R. Bowen T.R. Bowen ... Tony Briggs (as Trevor Bowen)
Patrick Troughton ... Harry Porter
Margery Mason Margery Mason ... Celia Porter
Jessica Spencer ... Connie Edwards
Arthur Cox ... Reg Thorpe
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Storyline

December 1939. Everyone adjusts to new roles during the 'Phony War', but Margaret's problems with her mother-in-law come to a head when John has unexpected leave.

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1970 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The title comes from an obscure 1908 poem by British academic and poet Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957). Suggested by the Queen, George VI incorporated the opening lines into his Christmas Broadcast in 1939 as shown in the episode. Even Haskins was unaware that he would use it. The poem became so associated with the King that the lines were inscribed at the entrance to his tomb. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: Liverpool December 1939 See more »

Connections

References The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) See more »

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