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When the Boat Comes In 

Set in Gallowshields on Tyneside between the 2 World Wars, this story follows the life of ex-sergeant Jack Ford and the Seaton family as they deal with the aftermath of the Great War, the Great 1920s Depression and trade union activists.

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James Mitchell
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Cast

Series cast summary:
James Bolam ...  Jack Ford 48 episodes, 1976-1981
James Garbutt James Garbutt ...  Bill Seaton 39 episodes, 1976-1977
Jean Heywood ...  Bella Seaton 39 episodes, 1976-1977
John Nightingale John Nightingale ...  Tom Seaton 39 episodes, 1976-1977
Edward Wilson ...  Billy Seaton 35 episodes, 1976-1981
Malcolm Terris ...  Matt Headley 34 episodes, 1976-1977
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ...  Jessie Seaton / ... 30 episodes, 1976-1981
Madelaine Newton Madelaine Newton ...  Dolly / ... 30 episodes, 1976-1977
Basil Henson Basil Henson ...  Sir Horatio Manners 25 episodes, 1976-1977
Rosalind Bailey Rosalind Bailey ...  Sarah Lytton / ... 23 episodes, 1977-1981
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Set in Gallowshields on Tyneside between the 2 World Wars, this story follows the life of ex-sergeant Jack Ford and the Seaton family as they deal with the aftermath of the Great War, the Great 1920s Depression and trade union activists.

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Drama | History

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando llega el barco See more »

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Runtime:

(51 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jack Ford, when he first appears, is wearing the uniform of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, an infantry regiment that was based in the north east of England. See more »

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Referenced in What's Up Doc?: Episode #1.4 (1992) See more »

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Good series...
20 January 2007 | by c-poveySee all my reviews

I bought this series for my father as he watched when it was on first time round in the UK (I am too young, just!)

I watched it with him and I really enjoyed it. The first three seasons are the best. With the Seatons and life just after World War one but season four just doesn't seem up to the same standard. Season four jumps all over the place there is no continuity (other than Jack Ford). There was a four year gap between season three and four, which might explain why it had lost it edge.

May be they should have stopped at three. If you like good drama then definitely one to watch, just a shame about the last season!


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