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Series cast summary:
Jan Harvey ...
 Jan Howard (78 episodes, 1985-1990)
Stephen Yardley ...
 Ken Masters (78 episodes, 1985-1990)
Glyn Owen ...
 Jack Rolfe (78 episodes, 1985-1990)
Susan Gilmore ...
 Avril Rolfe (78 episodes, 1985-1990)
Edward Highmore ...
 Leo Howard (78 episodes, 1985-1990)
Robert Vahey ...
 Bill Sayers (75 episodes, 1985-1990)
Ivor Danvers ...
 Gerald Urquhart (73 episodes, 1985-1990)
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 Charles Frere (72 episodes, 1985-1990)
Dulcie Gray ...
 Kate Harvey (69 episodes, 1985-1990)
Cindy Shelley ...
 Abby Hudson / ... (65 episodes, 1985-1990)
Maurice Colbourne ...
 Tom Howard (61 episodes, 1985-1989)
Patricia Shakesby ...
 Polly Urquhart (55 episodes, 1985-1989)
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 Sir John Stevens (41 episodes, 1985-1990)
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 Lynne Howard / ... (38 episodes, 1985-1990)
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Tom Howard is made redundant from his job as a senior aircraft designer and decides to invest his skill, time and redundancy money in a run-down local boat building yard. Without his investment the yard would certainly have gone bust but the decision puts a great strain on his marriage and causes problems with other members of his family. The various family members gradually come to terms with their changing circumstances and the consequences of Howard's decision. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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BBC executive Jonathan Powell cited the series as an example of a pro-Thatcherite drama against accusations by Conservative politician Norman Tebbit that the BBC had a left-wing bias. See more »

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Referenced in Come Dancing (1986) See more »

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Howards Way Theme
Composed by Simon May and Leslie Osborne
Played by The Simon May Orchestra
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Why only six series and where was it filmed
26 January 2006 | by (Southern England) – See all my reviews

The reason why there were 'only' six series of 'Howard's Way' was that following the filming of Series 5, prior to it being shown on BBC, Maurice Colbourne died whilst on holiday, so the producers and writers had to decide what to do. It was decided that instead of leaving everything up in the air, it was best to film one final series with the aim of tidying up hanging story lines.

One of the central sets used is the pub. This is 'The Jolly Sailor' at Bursledon on the Hamble River between Farham and Southampton. The outside has not changed much including views of Jack Rolfe's boatyard in real life the Elephant Yard. Inside the pub there is a small memorial to the series in the form of a framed photo of the cast.

The pub was closed to the public during the summer whilst filming went on.


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