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Howards' Way 

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 ... See full summary »
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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 Glyn Owen ...  Jack Rolfe 78 episodes, 1985-1990
Susan Gilmore ...  Avril Rolfe 78 episodes, 1985-1990
Edward Highmore Edward Highmore ...  Leo Howard 78 episodes, 1985-1990
Robert Vahey Robert Vahey ...  Bill Sayers 73 episodes, 1985-1990
Tony Anholt ...  Charles Frere 72 episodes, 1985-1990
Ivor Danvers Ivor Danvers ...  Gerald Urquhart 71 episodes, 1985-1990
Dulcie Gray ...  Kate Harvey 68 episodes, 1985-1990
Cindy Shelley Cindy Shelley ...  Abby Hudson / ... 64 episodes, 1985-1990
Maurice Colbourne Maurice Colbourne ...  Tom Howard 61 episodes, 1985-1989
Patricia Shakesby Patricia Shakesby ...  Polly Urquhart 54 episodes, 1985-1989
Willoughby Gray ...  Sir John Stevens 40 episodes, 1985-1990
Tracey Childs ...  Lynne Howard / ... 36 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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Stormy waters lie ahead...

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The sailing sequences that backed the end credits were the work of director Michael E. Briant. See more »

Crazy Credits

The name of Lana Morris's character changed from Vanessa Anderberg (with an R) in episodes Howards' Way: Episode #3.9 (1987) and Howards' Way: Episode #3.12 (1987), to Vanessa Andenberg (with an N) when she became a regular character in Seasons 5 and 6. See more »

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Referenced in Room 101: Episode #1.5 (1994) 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 septimius-severus-1See 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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1 September 1985 (UK) See more »

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(78 episodes)

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Mono

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4:3
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