A Family At War - Series 1 [DVD]

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A Family At War - Series 1 [DVD]

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Clearly made on a shoestring budget using corner-cutting methods, the program still packs amazing punch. Alexander Baron was the novelist who wrote From The City From The Plough (1948) and The Lowlife (1963).

Although sometimes working through such a marathon viewing task felt like a feat of endurance as much as a pleasure, on balance I think it was precisely because of the epic duration and stately pace of the series that I became so thoroughly enamoured with it.I have a suspicion that those of you who are coming back to this series having enjoyed it first time around might be a touch disappointed now. In the context, Hazard is ridiculing a native servant and the locals generally, allowing Philip to give the contrary point of view. Rehearsals on the Friday of week 2 were devoted to fine tuning the acting performances of the cast and making any minor changes deemed necessary at the technical run-through on the previous day. 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. 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.

There’s a really young Barbara Flynn as Freda Ashton who eventually married a really young John Nettles as Ian Mackenzie.As a totally engrossing television chronicle of the Second World War through the fortunes of a single divided family, Granada’s A Family at War deserves to take its rightful place as a seminal piece of British television drama: a series ‘capable of magnificence’ ( Sunday Telegraph, 21 March 1971). This is the story of the Ashton family from Liverpool and their experiences just before, during and just after WW2. This year, to mark Remembrance Day and pay homage to those who gave so much for our freedoms, I thought I would share a book review of a recent publication based in Shetland and focused on the First World War period.

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. Made in a nearly continuous two-year production period, each episode begins on a specific date from August 1938 to December 1945, with the drama unfolding over the course of the entire war. One of the main characters, Edwin Ashton is a thoughtful individual and some of his observations are as relevant today as they were during the war.

This was primary work for the medium, the first of the television novels and one on a Dickensian scale. It’s unusual in many ways, identifying the German point of view … you’d have to wait for The Book Thief to find similar. Throughout the 1970s, Granada earned a reputation for doom-laden dramas like Samand The Stars Look Down, but it all began with John Finch’s A Family At War, a saga which suggested that happiness was something to be swept under the carpet – if you were lucky enough to have a carpet.

It is the story of eight siblings, each of them in their own way "doing their bit" while remaining at the heart of the social life of the town.The best and most revealing comment about the budget of Family was Denis Forman’s, “It was the most cost effective television series ever made. Granada appealed to the public to send in their old gas-masks, ration books and identity cards and, for added authenticity, the cast had to have their hair cut to the short back and sides of the period.

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