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Spoils of War, The

1 9 8 0 – 1 9 8 1 (UK)
20 x 60 minute episodes

Almost a decade after creating the phenomenally successful drama A Family at War, acclaimed writer John Finch explored the peacetime consequences of the Second World War’s aftermath for two very different families in the Lake District in this gritty drama serial from Granada Television.

Episodes dealt with the return from the war of the children of two northern families – The Haywards were staunch Labour supporters, while the Warrington’s were owners of the Iron Works in the town of Whitstanton.

The story – set between 1945 and 1952 – explored the differing effects of the Labour election victory on working-class and upper-class life, as well as the disruptive effect of war on the love lives of the younger members of the families.

John Warrington
David Langton
Jean Hayward
Madelaine Newton
Mark Warrington
James Bate
Peg Warrington
Emily Moore
Keir Hayward
Ian Hastings
Helen Hayward
Avis Bunnage
Blake Hayward
Alan Hunter
George Hayward
William Lucas
Beth Warrington
Colette O’Neil
Rosalynde ‘Ros’ Warrington
Jane How
Maurice Robinson
Benjamin Whitrow
Tom Poster
Alan Surtees
Martha Hayward (Blake)
Anita Carey
Harry Dobey
Bill Waddington
Harry Hayward
Nat Jackley
Paula Brandt
Catherine Schell
Herta Brandt
Katja Kersten
Richard Warrington
Malcolm Tierney