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Joe Maddison's War (2010)

Tyneside ship-builder Joe Maddison lost his faith in the trenches at the Somme in 1916. Now that World War Two has begun he is too old to enlist alongside his son and son-in-law and is also... See full summary »

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Patrick Collerton

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Alan Plater
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sammy T. Dobson Sammy T. Dobson ... Sheila Maddison (as Sammy Dobson)
James Atherton ... Tommy Cowell
Angela Lonsdale Angela Lonsdale ... Polly Maddison
James Baxter ... Alan Maddison
Kevin Whately ... Joe Maddison
John Woodvine ... Father Connolly
Robson Green ... Harry Crawford
Trevor Fox Trevor Fox ... Eddie Turnbull
Niek Versteeg Niek Versteeg ... Billy Nicholson
Derek Jacobi ... Mr Simpson
Jackie Phillips Jackie Phillips ... Lily Parkinson
Madelaine Newton Madelaine Newton ... Jenny Barlow
Charlie Richmond ... Sergeant Bull
Judi Earl Judi Earl ... Woman 1
Sharon Percy ... Woman 2
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Storyline

Tyneside ship-builder Joe Maddison lost his faith in the trenches at the Somme in 1916. Now that World War Two has begun he is too old to enlist alongside his son and son-in-law and is also in a reserved occupation so, after his wife Polly has left him for a sailor,he joins the Home Guard with his friends,Marxist Eddie and cynical,wise-cracking Harry.Harry's anti-authoritarian attitude causes problems with Mr. Simpson,the company commander,and Joe leads the men out on strike after Harry is expelled. However,after he has dealt with an unexploded bomb he is acclaimed a hero,and,along with his friends, reinstated,being promoted to corporal.He also meets widow Selina who brings him out of his shell but Polly returns,with the sailor's child,seeking a reconciliation, a request which splits the family. Come 1945 and the war is ending but Joe still has his personal conflict to resolve. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Guerra de Maddison See more »

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Production Co:

Mammoth Screen See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (HD)| Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

30 minutes in, Joe Maddison has just been sold a 1 shilling ticket to the Russian Allies Fund Benefit Dance; when the ticket seller offers a ticket to Major Drummond who looks at the ticket and says "afraid I'll be a long way from Tyneside by then", but we have seen the ticket has no date on it. See more »

Quotes

[in the shipyard, during the lunch break, Joe and Harry look at their sandwiches]
Joe Maddison: I've got cheese. You?
Harry Crawford: Potted.
Joe Maddison: Potted what?
Harry Crawford: I'm buggered if I know! Mind you, next door's dog's gone missing. It could be potted Rover.
Joe Maddison: I'll take a chance.
[they swap sandwiches]
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Pointless sappy nonsense!
16 July 2017 | by khunkrumarkSee all my reviews

A few well-known faces (including Derek Jacobi) can't lift this awful drama.

The stilted and silly script is further hampered by the bloody annoying interruptions of vintage news footage. It's presumably there to lead us through the time-line but just serves to annoy the viewer when it jumps on stage unexpectedly.

Joe Maddison is a burdened WW1 veteran who has survived The Somme. As the next great war breaks out, his wife leaves then later comes back while he's keeping company with a war widow. She's up the duff with someone else's baby while he and his chums make a mockery of the newly formed Home Guard in Tyneside.

There's a lot of anti-war posturing in this program and it gets in the way of the story. What might have been a darkly comic look at some ageing and shell-shocked Home Guardsmen is just a hackneyed sketch about silly, childish old men who create their own silly childish problems.

Not one for the UK TV Hall of Fame time capsule!


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