A Family At War - Series 1 [DVD]

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A Family At War - Series 1 [DVD]

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In fact the pressure of transmission and the need to have more than half the episodes ‘in hand’ before starting a run, dictated another economy.

Liverpool 1938 is the starting point for this drama series depicting the World War II experiences of the fictional Ashtons, Jean and Edwin, and their five children. That’s a tribute to the actress, but we realized that her character was carrying over for us from the (later) brilliant series written by Andrew Davies, A Very Peculiar Practice, in which she plays the right-on feminist Dr Magda, who sees everything in a sexual light!

I found the first season of this series on a streaming service here in Canada and absolutely loved it. But as its title suggests, A Family at War pays equal attention to private and domestic politics as it does to the public political sphere and its female characters are at least as complex and intriguing as its men, from the matriarchal Jean, to her eldest daughter Margaret (Leslie Nunnerley) who endures a fraught relationship with her jealous mother-in-law Celia Porter (Margery Mason), to David’s long-suffering wife Sheila (Coral Atkins), through to the skittish youngest Ashton daughter Freda (Barbara Flynn). There's dark, brooding Colin Campbell to begin with, and the beautiful Barbara Flynn, plus remarkable acting from Margery Mason as the neurotic mother of a soldier who goes missing during the retreat to Dunkirk - and Patrick Troughton as her long-suffering spouse.I had imagined that all twelve episodes in a series would have been pre-planned and filmed out of sequence to suit locations. The older Stout girls seized the opportunity to broaden their horizons in Shetland, London, France and Germany. Your readers ought to know that the Norwegian/Dutch set is the COMPLETE version, whereas the Acorn set has about 30 minutes of small cuts that were made for commercial inserts. How do I sum up a TV drama series from the early 1970s about a family in Liverpool who went through the Second World War?

Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License and the GFDL; additional terms may apply. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Its aesthetic was frugal, quickly-produced studio-bound drama in the main with some location shooting when necessary, but again that seemed to work with the grain of the show rather than against it.There were fifty major raids in the next three months, Between 20 and 22 December 1940, 365 died when there were direct hits on air raid shelters. 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. The basic setting of the Ashton family home in Liverpool is a large private house, but it is a studio interior and the colour balance reminds me of Granada’s mainstay, Coronation Street. We’re very rarely offered any insights into the lives of Lerwick’s middle and upper-class families, and people may be mistaken in thinking that Shetland lacked any sort of cultural scene.

Thanks to Talking Pictures, which has broadcast all the episodes this year, I have had this chance and it had all been every bit as good as I remembered it to be and more so! By series two, you can see how they were working the schedule to film so much so quickly by using different production units.

We read war comics, watched war films, and made models of the most famous aeroplanes from the Battle of Britain, like the Spitfire and Hurricane. Later a system of total costing was introduced which included all these factors so, of course, budgets had to increase. The Ashton family struggles to deal with the harsh realities of the Second World War as their sons are sent away to fight.

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