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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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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1976 (UK) See more »

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Cuando llega el barco See more »

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(51 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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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 This Life: When the Dope Comes In (1997) See more »

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A superb & timeless series
17 July 2009 | by housemartin-2See all my reviews

I recently purchased the complete series DVD, and have just finished series 2. I first watched this series 30 years ago, and could remember only parts of it., but recalled it was good. This time around it stands head & shoulders above anything currently on TV.James Bolam is outstanding, as is the whole cast throughout. The one thing that stands out for me also, is how the writer developed the story lines, from a simple soap type beginning to the drama it became-brilliant stuff. If you want to see how good TV once was, and can be, then treat yourself to this superb series. The only fault with the DVD I found was the audio was a little faint at times, but it did not detract from the overall enjoyment. Other than this minor fault, I thoroughly recommend it.Bravo to all!


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