TV Family At War, A (ITV 1970-1972 with Colin Douglas and Barbara Flynn) Published 4 years ago on June 10, 2015 UK / ITV – Granada / 52×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 14 April 1970 – 16 February 1972 Creator: John Finch / Producers: Richard Doubleday, James Brabazon, Michael Cox First seen in 1970 and at the time Granada TVs most expensive ever series A Family At War charts the second world war years of the Liverpudlian Ashton family. Very quickly the show captured the nations interest hitting number one in the ratings beating the all powerful Coronation Street in the process. Large by todays standards the family of 7 was headed by no nonsense Edwin (Colin Douglas) who worked in the printing works run by his arrogant and pompous brother-in-law Sefton Briggs (John McKelvey), wife Jean (Shelagh Fraser) did her best to instill the proper values into their five grown up children, eldest of whom was David (Colin Campbell), trapped in marriage to Sheila (Coral Atkins), ends up joining the air force by the end of the first episode. Their other kids were the idealistic Philip (Keith Drinkel), schoolteacher Margaret (Lesley Nunnerley) who quickly gets married to John Porter (who is still very much under the influence of his domineering mother, leading to problems in the marriage), the just heading out into the world Freda (Barbara Flynn) and youngest son Robert (who is away much of the time at nautical school and is played by a very young David Dixon.) Much of the first series is concerned with the coming of world war two, it is May 1938 when the series begins but already the dogs of war are mustering themselves, episodes 2 sees Philip going back to Spain (he had been there the year before) to help the fight in the civil war then. Created by John Finch the show is a real classic and contains many of the things that have been lost from todays quick fire, fast cut, every scene has to have diverting background music TV world, Family At War takes time to set scenes, is heavy on the dialogue and has that classic mix of video tape interior scenes and shot on film exteriors. cast COLIN DOUGLAS as Edwin Ashton SHELAGH FRASER as Jean Ashton BARBARA FLYNN as Freda Ashton LESLEY NUNNERLY as Margaret Ashton/Porter COLIN CAMPBELL as David Ashton KEITH DRINKEL as Philip Ashton CORAL ATKINS as Sheila Ashton JOHN McKELVEY as Sefton Briggs TREVOR BOWEN as Tony Briggs IAN BOWEN as John Porter JOHN NETTLES as Ian McKenzie(71-72) PATRICK TROUGHTON as Mr Porter MARGERY MASON as Mrs Porter THE EPISODES SEASON ONE 14 April – 4 August 1970 1. THE FACTS OF LIFE 2. TO DIE FOR SPAIN 3. LINES OF BATTLE 4. THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR 5. THE GATE OF THE YEAR 6. THE BREACH IN THE DYKE 7. THE WAR OFFICE REGRETS 8. FOR STRATEGIC REASONS 9. THE NIGHT THEY HIT No 8 10. ONE OF OURS 11. BROTHERS IN WAR 12. IF IT’S GOT YOUR NUMBER ON IT 13. THE END OF THE BEGINNING SEASON TWO 11 November 1970 – 17 March 1971 1. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL 2. I CAN BE HAPPY, CAN’T I? 3. A LESSON IN WAR 4. IS YOUR JOURNEY REALLY NECESSARY? 5. THE FORTY-EIGHT HOUR PASS 6. HOPE AGAINST HOPE 7. A TIME TO BE BORN 8. A HERO’S WELCOME 9. WE COULD BE A LOT WORSE OFF 10. LEND YOUR LOVING ARMS 11. HAZARD 12. GIVING AND TAKING 13. BELIEVED KILLED 14. INTO THE DARK 15. THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW 16. CLASH BY NIGHT 17. SALUTE THE HAPPY MORN 18. I WANTED TO BE WITH YOU 19. A SEPARATE PEACE SEASON THREE 6 October 1971 – 16 February 1972 1. THE LUCKY ONES 2. FOR THE DURATION 3. HAPPY RETURNS 4. THE THINGS YOU NEVER TOLD ME 5. YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS 6. FLESH AND BLOOD 7. SPREAD A LITTLE HAPPINESS 8. TAKE IT ON TRUST 9. THIS YEAR, NEXT YEAR 10. THE FUNDAMENTAL THINGS APPLY 11. THICKER THAN WATER 12. BREAKING POINT 13. THE LOST ONES 14. THE SENSIBLE THING 15. UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT 16. COMING HOME 17. A FAINT REFRAIN 18. TWO FATHERS 19. THE OLD ORDER CHANGETH 20. …YIELDING PLACE TO NEW Barbara FlynnColin DouglasCoral AtkinsDrama SeriesGranadaITVJames BrabazonJohn FinchJohn NettlesMargery MasonPatrick TroughtonRichard DoubledayShelagh FraserWartime Advertisement advertisement and this just in TV13 hours ago Cutting It (BBC-1 2002-2005, Amanda Holden, Sarah Parish) Comedy drama series. Allie runs a successful hairdressing salon but her problems begin when a rival salon opens across the... TV13 hours ago Culloden (BBC-1 1964, George McBean, Olivier Espitalier-Noel) Highly innovative documentary drama telling the story of the last battle to be fought on British soil in 1746 at... TV13 hours ago C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia (BBC-2 2006, Anton Rodgers, Diane Venora) Biographical drama. The story of author CS Lewis’s life from childhood to old age as his views on religion alter... 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