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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Cast

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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Runtime:

(51 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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What is it about James Bolam?
14 May 2007 | by kimblebearSee all my reviews

I'm not sure what it is about James Bolam, but whatever he's in from "The Likely Lads" right through to "New Tricks" he seems to carry the show.

In this though he's at his best, wheeling & dealing, there isn't a minute that goes by where he isn't on the make - both in money and his love life.

That being said he is being hard pushed by Jean Heywoood who plays the hard and gritty Bella, a woman with the world on her shoulders but most times with a smile on her face and a gin in her hand.

Susan Jameson plays a tough talking socialist (it's quite amazing how often she seems to put on great performances with JB) who you just want to thump and say "stop being so stupid woman!".

I agree with a previous reviewer in that series 4 does rather let the programme down. It does appear that this may have been a case of greedy TV executives trying to squeeze out every last bit of revenue from a hit series. In fact I think "When the boat comes in" would definitely have scored 10/10 if it hadn't been for this.

Surprising then that it hasn't been shown more often on TV - but perhaps they are still making too much money out of the DVD to give people the opportunity of seeing it free again.

However keep listening out for "You shall have a fishy on a little dishy" - you never know


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