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"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. 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.

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1 Season, 13 Episodes
April 14, 1970
8.0/10
Cast: Colin Douglas, Barbara Flynn
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  • It is immediately apparent that the family dynamic has changed. Later, an old will is discovered.

  • Freda has a romance with an Australian airman - before she runs into an old flame.

  • Philip and David have a falling out while both are vying for the same woman, and Robert's mother has a hard time accepting that her son has grown up.

  • David takes part in a bombing raid that goes horribly wrong, and Fred confronts Sheila over her relationship with Bob.

  • The Ashton children go missing during a night of intense bombing while Margaret prepares to give birth.

  • Awaiting orders on the island of Guernsey, Philip and a friend become involved with two local sisters.

  • The fate of John Porter remains a mystery, and David spends his time on leave facing up to his actions.

  • Margaret returns home, and John gets separated from the rest of his division while serving in France.

  • John searches for Margaret with only hours before he has to leave for the front.

  • A sudden evacuation divides the family, while hasty arrangements are made for an unplanned pregnancy.

  • Margaret and John prepare for their wedding, knowing that he may be conscripted to fight on the front line any day.

  • Edwin Ashton has his hopes dashed by his brother-in-law, while his son worries about providing for his family.

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