When the Boat Comes In (1976–1981)

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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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 Jack Ford (48 episodes, 1976-1981)
James Garbutt ...
 Bill Seaton (39 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jean Heywood ...
 Bella Seaton (39 episodes, 1976-1977)
John Nightingale ...
 Tom Seaton / ... (39 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Billy Seaton (35 episodes, 1976-1981)
Malcolm Terris ...
 Matt Headley (34 episodes, 1976-1977)
Susan Jameson ...
 Jessie Seaton / ... (30 episodes, 1976-1981)
Madelaine Newton ...
 Dolly / ... (30 episodes, 1976-1977)
Basil Henson ...
 Sir Horatio Manners / ... (25 episodes, 1976-1977)
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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Cuando llega el barco  »

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Will I Ever See This Again?
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One of my favourite TV shows of all time. Not many shows on TV have I set aside time for to make sure the show is never missed. This is one of them - along with Auf Wiedersein Pet, The Good Life, Bouquet of Barbed Wire, The Lovers (with Geoffrey Bubbles Bon Bon!), Not the Nine o'Clock News, The Fast Show, Shine on Harvey Moon and recently, now I live in Canada, the new HBO series Rome.

It was put your feet up time and settle down to a good old epic story of life, with fun, tears, laughter, trauma, love, lost love and love regained. Real.

Tell me its out on DVD please!

James Bolam came into his own as a mature actor, more than ably supported by his then wife Susan Jamieson. They, in turn, were supported by a fine cast of actors playing in roles that were gritty and not so gritty, full of pathos and ranging in ages that enabled all the viewers to identify with the characters and their situations.


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