Spoils of War  [DVD]
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Starring Alan Hunter (Dangerfield), James Bate (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet), Ian Hastings (Prime Suspect), Malcolm Tierney (Dalziel and Pascoe) and Madeleine Newton (When the Boat Comes In). It is 1948 and the war is slowly receding in people's memories but rationing still exists and there are many scars that will not heal. The Spoils of War follows the fortunes of two north country families, the Haywards and the Warringtons, in post war Britain Originally broadcast on ITV in 1980 Written by John Finch (A Family at War).
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The series although made thirty years old is not too dated and is very well made, intelligent, compelling and well acted. I don't remember the series when it was made in 1980 but when I saw the reviews of the first series it looked like a story well worth watching. I was not wrong and the subsequent series maintains the high standard of the first series.
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!
It was a thrill when it was released on video and I was not disappointed when I viewed it again. All I hope is that the rest of the series are released too.
The characters are really involving, it's about a fascinating period in history and it's well written. I miss this kind of drama.
This is short review of this series as I would not want to spoil the story for viewers but it will give everyone an idea of the storyline. If you enjoyed Family at War, then you will certainly enjoy this series too. The picture quality is not up to today,s standard as it is quite fuzzy but we have to consider this was made a long time ago and had to be digitised so a fairly good job has been done on it.
I quite enjoyed what I saw and learned a little bit but not enough to justify the time spent sitting there. It was very much in the soap mould with lots of different stories threading in among each other. The acting was only so-so and the script was not a lot better, none of the characters particularly caught my imagination and all in all I was quite glad to get to the end. I sent the dvd set straight to the charity shop. No repeat viewings for me and no particular desire to further serials. I guess ok for those that like soaps.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A hidden gem. What a fantastic series. All of the characters and storylines have their own weaving textures. Highly recommended.Published 10 months ago by Richard
A family at war in a part of England where I grew up, so the landscape and surroundings are very familiar, J.W.Published 18 months ago by J. Williams
Unfortunately, it seemed so dated that I found it unwatchable. If you are one who remembers this fondly from an original airing, then it should be just the ticket. Read morePublished 23 months ago by NoNameNope