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A Family At War - Series 1 [DVD]

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Although the series was set in Liverpool most of the home front exteriors were shot in Manchester where Granada Television was based. The Ashton family struggles to deal with the harsh realities of the Second World War as their sons are sent away to fight. It is also interesting as a reminder of the very different social customs that existed at that time.

It focused a lot on the family members of the Ashtons who coped with fighting in the war or staying at home whilst the war went on.

It’s the realistic touch, or the brilliant acting, or the interesting story, though probably all of them together. Margaret, another sister, also took a holiday there in 1921 to see where all the action had occurred. Edwin was the poorly-paid assistant manager of a small printing works owned by his wife’s family, beholden at work to his pompous widowed brother-in-law, Sefton Briggs (John McKelvey) who inherited the business with his sister, Edwin’s wife Jean (Shelagh Fraser).

While reading the book, one thing that struck me was the “tourism” that followed the war, as people flocked to the battlefields to witness the scene of all the action.She is the author of David Lean (2014) and Female Stars of British Cinema (2017) and a co-investigator on the AHRC-funded project ‘Transformation and Tradition in 1960s British Cinema’. The lower middle class Ashton family of the city of Liverpool deal with life on the home front during the Second World War. In the context, Hazard is ridiculing a native servant and the locals generally, allowing Philip to give the contrary point of view. June 2017 – A Family At War (52 episodes) has started being repeated on the ‘Talking Pictures’ channel Freeview TV http://talkingpicturestv. If you are looking for a WW2 series then the outstanding “Secret Army” is so far ahead that it is out of sight.

The 1945 election brought the state of the world back, but VE Day was a few seconds of Edwin wandering past fireworks.

The real surprise, though, is seeing a young David Bradley as 'Colin' (stuck in a reserved occupation in Preston), many years before his star turn as 'Eddie Wells' in 'Our Friends In The North' and Richard Beckinsale in a blink-and-you'll miss him role as a young soldier eating egg and chips in 1940 Belgium.

So we would progress slowly through it, scene by scene, until everyone knew what they had to do when the time for recording arrived on the following day.One of the themes of the series is conflict, not only the huge conflict of the Second World War, but those within the family. Margaret Stuart's compilation of her extraordinary family's experience of the First World War is based on copious contemporary articles, letters and photographs. A brief scene between brother and sister Robert (David Dixon) and Freda (Barbara Flynn), the youngest Ashton siblings.

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