When the Boat Comes In: Series 1

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  • The Seaton family ekes out a living in a mining town in the North of England in 1920. Their friend, Jack Ford, is a shrewd opportunist and determined to charm his way to the top. James Bolam and Susan Jameson head the cast in this award-winning family saga spanning over four decades.. In this classic BBC period drama series, ex-sergeant Jack Ford (James Bolam - New Tricks) returns home after the First World War to the shipbuilding and mining district of Tyneside in northern England to search for a job - any job. Unfortunately, Britain is in the grip of a recession and there is no work. Jack aligns himself with the equally impoverished Seaton family as they cope with the aftermath of the war: the great depression of the 1920s, trade union activists and an uncaring society. Ford has had his fill of struggle in the stinking trenches of the battlefield and is now determined to make something of himself in this brave new world.. James Bolam... Jack Ford (48 episodes, 1976-1981)
    James Garbutt... Bill Seaton (39 episodes, 1976-1977)
    Jean Heywood... Bella Seaton (39 episodes, 1976-1977)
    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... Jessie Seaton / ... (30 episodes, 1976-1981)
    Madelaine Newton... Dolly / ... (30 episodes, 1976- 1977)
    Basil Henson... Sir Horatio Manners / ... (25 episodes, 1976-1977)
    Rosalind Bailey... Sarah Lytton / ... (23 episodes, 1977-1981)
    Geoffrey Rose... Arthur Ashton (18 episodes, 1976- 1977)
    Lois Baxter... Lady Caroline #2 / ... (15 episodes, 1977-1981)
    William Fox... Duke of Bedlington (13 episodes, 1976- 1977)
    Vernon Drake... Hotel Porter / ... (8 episodes, 1976- 1977)
    Catherine Terris... Miss Laidlaw / ... (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
    Roger Avon... Stan Liddell / ... (7 episodes, 1976- 1981)
    Michelle Newell... Mary Seaton (6 episodes, 1976)
    Noel O'Connell... Young Tommy / ... (6 episodes, 1976- 1977)
    Colin Douglas... Ryder / ... (5 episodes, 1976-1981)
    John Kidd... Tovey (5 episodes, 1977)
    Isla Blair... Lady Caroline / ... (5 episodes, 1976- 1977)
    Bobby Pattinson... Eddy Morton / ... (5 episodes, 1977- 1981)