14 April 1970
| 8.2/10 |
Ralph Vaughan Williams
16 February 1972
| Colin Douglas
Coral Atkins, Barbara Flynn, Colin Douglas, John Nettles, Shelagh Fraser
Z‑Cars, Paris 7000, The Adventures of Parsley, Enemy at the Door, Bergerac
A Family At War is a British drama series that aired on ITV from 1970 to 1972. It was created by John Finch and made by Granada Television for ITV. The director was David Giles.
The series examined the lives of the lower middle-class Ashton family of the city of Liverpool and their experiences from 1938 and through the Second World War. Despite being set in Liverpool, only one of the regular characters (David Ashton) spoke with a Liverpudlian accent.
Fifty-two episodes were produced, all but eight of them in colour. Episodes numbers 25 to 32 were recorded in black and white because of the ITV Colour Strike.
The memorable theme tune is from the First Movement (Allegro) of Vaughan Williams's Sixth Symphony.
Colin Douglas as Edwin Ashton
Shelagh Fraser as Jean Ashton
Colin Campbell as David Ashton
Barbara Flynn as Freda Ashton
Keith Drinkel as Philip Ashton
David Dixon as Robert Ashton
Lesley Nunnerley as Margaret Porter
Coral Atkins as Sheila Ashton
John McKelvey as Sefton Briggs
T.R. Bowen as Tony Briggs
Ian Thompson as John Porter
Diana Davies as Doris Jackson
John Nettles as Ian Mackenzie
Mark Jones as Michael Armstrong
Margery Mason as Celia Porter
Patrick Troughton as Harry Porter
Brett Usher as Ken Beaumont
All episodes of A Family at War are available on DVD in the UK, distributed by Acorn Media UK, but with several of the released episodes edited down from their original running times. For example, in episode three Margery Mason and Patrick Troughton are credited but do not appear.
A Family at War Wikipedia