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A Family At War - Series 1 [DVD]

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Viewers certainly thought so at the time of its original transmission, keeping at the top of the ratings throughout its long run. It’s unusual in many ways, identifying the German point of view … you’d have to wait for The Book Thief to find similar. My mode of viewing the programme swung between the ‘bingeing’ often seen as characteristic of contemporary TV-on-DVD viewing practices, with several episodes watched in one sitting, and an alternative way of consuming the series that came closer to replicating its original weekly pacing, engendering a far slower rate of progression which actually seemed more appropriate for its subject matter, the duration of the Second World War from the fears of 1938 right through to V.

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, even as a footnote. This entry was posted in Drama, Reviews and tagged a family at war (tv series), adrienne corri, barbara flynn, catherine schell, colin campbell, colin douglas, coral atkins, david bradley, david dixon, diana davies, ian thompson, john mckelvey, john nettles, keith drinkel, kenneth cranham, lesley nunnerley, margery mason, patrick troughton, richard easton, shelagh fraser, t. The second week was devoted to rehearsals for the studio scenes which made up the major portion of the show. But more than the existence of any blockbusting historical viewing figures, my motivation for writing about A Family at War undoubtedly comes from my personal enthusiasm for the series, interlinked with a considerable investment of time spent viewing its 52 hour-long episodes over a lengthy period: I lived alongside this series and its characters for the best part of a year – including during pregnancy, making me wonder if the programme’s highly distinctive and melancholy theme music (by Vaughan Williams) may also have filtered into my unborn daughter’s consciousness as I sat with my feet up, mug of tea in hand, telly on.It was one of those series that kept you close to the screen and always in place as each hour episode was shown. 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. ITV recently broadcast Goodbye Granadaland, a 90 minute valedictory celebration of the output of Granada’s studios in central Manchester ahead of its forthcoming relocation to the nearby Salford Media City complex.

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. As a child of parents who were in their very early 20s in World War II and who both served, my Dad in the Royal Navy, my Mum in the Air Force, I am absolutely loving it. The furniture was rudimentary, the props were laughable but by Thursday of that week the director and the cast were ready to show the lighting director, technical supervisor and senior cameraman what they would have to shoot on the following Tuesday. 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.The USA has a different TV system to the UK so you need to check that DVDs are compatible before purchasing from the UK. This is a terrific series of 52 episodes, following the Ashton family of Liverpool through the war years, 1938-1945. I wished that each episode of the series had ended on more light-hearted notes than depressing ones.

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