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A Family At War - Series 1 [DVD]

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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. Really enjoyed it then and still find it most enjoyable to watch now even though sometimes the picture quality isn't so brilliant at times. But the biggest cast member that got me excited about was Patrick Troughton as Harry Porter, John Porter’s dad. Critics at the time sometimes complained of ‘women’s magazine atmospherics’ (Daily Mail, 21 January 1971), or that the show’s appeal replicated that of ‘the women’s magazines my mother used to read’ (Daily Express, 12 November 1970) or even that its narrative catalysts were nothing more than ‘the puny domestic bombshells that trigger off all soap opera, in fact.

Similarly One of Ours (Episode 10) in September 1940 follows a bombing raid on Germany, focussing almost entirely on David, ignoring the rest of the family. My own, family fairly typical of a working class family of the era, didn’t get a colour set until 1975. This is a terrific series of 52 episodes, following the Ashton family of Liverpool through the war years, 1938-1945. g. conscientious objection, the suffering in Germany after the war, how does a wife react when she is told her husband is believed dead but this cannot be confirmed, self-inflicted injury to escape service and many others) although it is a pity that these issues are not explored in depth.It ran from 14 April, 1970 to 16 February, 1972 and starring Colin Douglas, Shelagh Fraser, Colin Campbell, Keith Drinkel, Barbara Flynn, Coral Atkins, David Dixon, John Nettles, Patrick Troughton, Margery Mason, Brett Usher. This episode keeps cutting back to the intricate story of the shares in the printing works and who will control them, which I found distracting and dull compared to the romance. Additionally I believed I was able to achieve a better understanding of what life was really like during the war, rationing, air raids, time spent in shelters, agony of traveling by train and the overall mood of the country.

All episodes of A Family at War are available on DVD in the UK, distributed by Acorn Media UK, but with several of the episodes edited from their original running times. The real problem, though, is not so much with this series but with the considerably superior offerings that came later.Mostly though, it was the presence of the war which made itself felt throughout, despite rarely being depicted directly. They get through D-Day preparations, D-Day, the whole 1944-45 campaign and VE day with only David’s career in the RAF providing a link to the war. We should never forget that the title of the series has a double meaning and Edwin’s battles with his brother-in-law, played by John McKelvey, were at the heart of the story.

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