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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Gritty, realistic drama
25 February 1999 | by (Southend, England) – See all my reviews

When The Boat Comes In is a gritty Northern drama, set in Newcastle just after the end of the Great War. It follows the trials of Ex-Sergeant Jack Ford and the Seaton family as they struggle with the problems of that time: The aftermath of the war, the great depression of the 1920's, trade union activists and an uncaring society. The characters also spend a lot of time drinking in and out of pubs! The props are good (some must be over 70 years old now) and outdoor shots are cleverly done, capturing the feel of streets and houses of the '20s (definitely no phone boxes or aircraft in the background!) James Bolam is convincing as Jack Ford, a cunning man who has seen ignorance and stupidity in the trenches and finds himself fighting against it in his role of Union boss during the peacetime.


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