A Family At War - Series 1 [DVD]
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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.
Others that are significantly better include “Wish Me Luck”, “Enemy at the Door”, “Manhunt” and “Colditz”. 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. I also was transformed back to the early 70s the music is unforgettable ,i just wish it was possible to know were some of the filming locations were done being from Liverpool i’m very interested my father went through the blitz in Liverpool he was 8 years old when war was declared and told me many stories that mirrored the series. The book that I’m looking at here, A Family at War, was published by the Shetland Times earlier this year and offers a tantalising glimpse at Lerwick during the First World War. The four cameras, two sound booms and a large technical crew – not to mention a big studio – were tied up for only two days and they cost a lot of money.A Family at War," a popular epic saga, explores in detail the daily life during World War II as experienced by the Ashtons, a working-class Liverpool family. It looks as though this programme may be in danger of dropping off the popular radar, not to mention the academic radar; for instance, it isn’t included in Lez Cooke’s excellent overview British Television Drama (* see |Les Cooke’s further work), even as a footnote. I believe there was talk of the actor having felt marginalised about his role during the filming and this was the reason why his character suddenly disappeared quite a number of weeks before the end.
Then Episode 4 Is Your Journey Really Necessary is based on the uncle, Sefton and his son, Tony, off on the Yorkshire coast where Tony’s corvette is docked. Looking back, the quality of television output by both BBC and ITV at that time is staggering, a golden era indeed. It was regarded as having much more in common with the high quality plays and dramas being produced by the BBC at the time, and seemed to be ITV’s response.
The series is about the Ashton family who live through the Second World War and struggle with the harsh realities that go on around it. This was a two-edged sword: the cost of resources could erode the money available for what was actually seen on the screen but the producer could sometimes juggle one area of cost against another.
Location scenes for the Spanish Civil War were shot in Derbyshire and a freak snowfall had to be written into the script. I found the first season of this series on a streaming service here in Canada and absolutely loved it. If you are looking for a WW2 series then the outstanding “Secret Army” is so far ahead that it is out of sight.
Many of the cast of Coronation Street made early appearances in Family: Julie Goodyear, Bryan Mosley, Bill Waddington, Geoffrey Hinsliff and Barbara Knox among them. The family of the rather austere-looking Mr Charles Brown Stout, and his wife Margaret (nee Mainland) of the Medical Hall, Lerwick, were born between 1887 and 1901 and their background allowed some freedom to choose how to contribute to the war effort. I turned to 1946: The Making of The Modern World by Victor Sebestyen (which may be the book I was thinking of) and that points out the near-starvation in late 1945, particularly in the British-occupied zone, because Britain got the industrial areas, and their traditional agricultural suppliers were now in the Russian zone. Margaret, another sister, also took a holiday there in 1921 to see where all the action had occurred. One of the small pleasures of watching the DVDs is spotting actors who later became well-known or who haven’t been seen for a while; for instance, John Ronane and Tenniel Evans (sadly, many of the cast is no longer with us).
The episode looks at the terrible conditions for German kids and defeated civilians, most unusual from a 1970 viewpoint.
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.