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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Runtime:

(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Due to a union action by TV technicians, episodes A Family at War: Giving and Taking (1971) (2.12) to A Family at War: A Separate Peace (1971) (2.19) were made in black and white as a protest over pay. See more »

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Childhood memories have returned
10 February 2018 | by JumbajookibaSee all my reviews

I was 7 when this started, this was a time when there were only three channels in the UK, but, there was always something worth watching and this series was definitely one I remember the best. I fell in love with the theme music, it still remains one of my favourite pieces. I have vague memories of the storyline, but, I probably didn't understand all that went on. However, I have been able to watch it all over again on the channel 'Talking Pictures', which by the way is one of the best channels in the UK at the moment. I have been gripped from the very start. I hardly watch any modern dramas, even classic stories are being 'sexed up' or having very PC casting, most recently BBCs Howard's End having a black Mrs Bast, seriously? An acceptable interracial marriage in Edwardian Britain, almost as unrealistic as Jack having dinner with Rose's family in 'Titanic'. Anyway, I digress. I cannot recommend this and Talking Pictures as a channel highly enough. Happy memories of sitting around the TV as a family, no mobile phones or other distractions, just family time.


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