A Family At War (1971): S02E17 – Salute the Happy Morn


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 original producer was Richard Doubleday, and with 13 directors during the series.

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.


David spends Christmas with his pilot in a posh flat in London and gets involved with the pilot’s sister. Meanwhile Sheila throws herself at Colin while drunk and depressed. In the Ashton household, the Porters have come for Christmas, but Mrs Porter finds out about Margaret and Michael and their baby. She wants to tell her son, but her husband is trying to stop her. There is an atmosphere of deadly depression affecting everyone, and Jean Ashton is sinking deeper and deeper into herself. At the end though, Philip comes home on leave and she brightens up.

A Family At War Series

You can find a full index and overview of A Family At War here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 03 March 1971.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: 12.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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