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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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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

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English

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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

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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James Bolam, who played Jack Ford, and Susan Jameson, who plays Jessie Seaton, are married in real life. They have performed together in several TV productions and plays. See more »

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

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Will I Ever See This Again?
10 January 2006 | by kenmal-1See all my reviews

One of my favourite TV shows of all time. Not many shows on TV have I set aside time for to make sure the show is never missed. This is one of them - along with Auf Wiedersein Pet, The Good Life, Bouquet of Barbed Wire, The Lovers (with Geoffrey Bubbles Bon Bon!), Not the Nine o'Clock News, The Fast Show, Shine on Harvey Moon and recently, now I live in Canada, the new HBO series Rome.

It was put your feet up time and settle down to a good old epic story of life, with fun, tears, laughter, trauma, love, lost love and love regained. Real.

Tell me its out on DVD please!

James Bolam came into his own as a mature actor, more than ably supported by his then wife Susan Jamieson. They, in turn, were supported by a fine cast of actors playing in roles that were gritty and not so gritty, full of pathos and ranging in ages that enabled all the viewers to identify with the characters and their situations.


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