Hine (1971– )

Survival of the Creeps 

Hine's attempt to export three crates is frustrated by a dispute at the docks and inter-union rivalry.


Robert Tronson


Wilfred Greatorex (creator), Arden Winch


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Episode complete credited cast:
Barrie Ingham ... Joe Hine
Paul Eddington ... Astor Harris
John Steiner ... Jeremy Windsor
Sarah Craze Sarah Craze ... Susannah Grey
Timothy West ... Cooper
Patricia Hamilton ... Miss Tarrant
Antony Webb Antony Webb ... Alan Murray
Morris Perry ... Dibble
Frederick Hall Frederick Hall ... Wheeler
Robert Dorning Robert Dorning ... Henry Watkins
Bill Ward Bill Ward ... Workman


Astor Harris approaches Hine asking him to arrange the shipping of a small consignment of spares - three crates - which are expected to be the precursor to a much larger order. Arriving at the docks he finds they are being delayed as a token protest by a small clerical union, the Association of Ships' Chandlers, in a dispute seeking to preserve their status. The management are prepared to meet their demands but, as they explain to Hine, cannot be seen to give in too readily; the dockworkers' union is refusing to handle the crates out of solidarity - for the moment - until it can persuade the smaller union to join it. Hine is trying to find some other way of shipping the parts when a clumsy attempt by Jeremy Windsor - visiting the docks and simply ordering the crates to be loaded - instead sees the unions harden their attitude, refusing to let them even be moved.

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16 June 1971 (UK) See more »

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