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4.0 out of 5 stars Why is there nothing like this on tv today?, 29 May 2009
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This review is from: Spoils of War [1980] [DVD] (DVD)
I'd never heard of this series before I accidentally came across it on Amazon. It's very well written and acted and is astonishingly intelligent. Very political - in the widest sense of the word - and is totally devoid of stereotypes and cliches; for example several members of the working class Haywards are Tories and 2 of the upper class Warringtons are Socialists ( the wife even ends up a Labour MP ). Summarising the plot would be a bit pointless, basically very high quality soap opera and the interweaving fortunes of 2 families in Cumberland over the immediate post war years ( though also encompassing war-ravaged Germany/Eastern Europe and the start of the Cold War, giving the series an almost epic quality, amazing considering its low budget ).
I would give this 5 stars if it weren't for a few minor flaws, a few historical inaccuracies and the first 2 episodes have a little too much political exposition, but this is basically a very good series that I would recommend anyone interested in the great ITV drama series of a generation ago ( ie Upstairs Downstairs, We'll Meet Again ) should watch.
I've also now seen the very good 2nd series - but apparently there were 3 series - roll on the release of this final series!
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2009 20:56:30 GMT
Hannah says:
I have just finished watching the second series of The Spoils of War. Are you sure your information about there being a third series is correct? I would like to think so as I've absolutely loved the first two and it does seem to be rather unresolved at the end of series 2. Perhaps that's because it's such intelligent drama however and it doesn't go in for pat resolutions? The idea though that the car going over the cliff isn't even mentioned in the final scene is tantalising to say the least. Wonderful stuff anyway. Can you imagine something like that being made today and even less likely, people watching it en masse? Shame.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2012 17:12:01 GMT
Try Foyles War !
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