In 1986, Julia starred alongside Carol Royle and Julia Swift in a Thames TV series called “Ladies in Charge”.
It was based on the organisation “Universal Aunts” which was set up after the First World War by young women returning from the Front with a new sense of independence and self confidence, and a desire to make themselves useful in civilian life.
Many of these girls had been trained as ambulance drivers and nurses, and their experience of war had changed their horizons and values. Many had lost loved ones and fiancées in the trenches and so their dreams of marriage and having a family were shattered; they returned home with a desire to continue to work and to be of value to others.
“Universal Aunts” was an agency which hired out educated and respectable women to help others on a short term basis, and the variety of the jobs that they offered proved to be a perfect starting point for a television series that saw the three intrepid “Ladies in Charge” dealing with a very different storyline every week.
The all female team of writers Fay Weldon, Paula Milne, Julia Jones and Anne Valery were inspired to write intriguing and innovative scripts set in the early post war years: