The Onedin Line

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Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • The wind blows free
      10/15/71
      8.4
      James Onedin is anxious to purchase the schooner, Charlotte Rhodes. Her owner Captain Webster refuses James’s offer. However, the captain has a daughter… The action opens in 1860. Already a seasoned seafarer at 28, Onedin is determined to command his own ship, even if it means marrying a woman he does not love.moreless
    • Plain sailing
      Plain sailing
      Episode 2
      10/22/71
      8.5
      Returning from Portugal, the Charlotte Rhodes experiences a lot of difficulties. There are accidents, the food is bad and several sailors resent Anne's presence. When James falls ill, it's Anne who has to help Baines navigate the ship home. Meanwhile, in Liverpool Robert discovers that the partnership with James has some unwelcome consequences.moreless
    • Other points of the compass
      10/29/71
      7.9
      James Onedin finds the business side of shipping more difficult than expected. A wealthy brother-in-law like Albert Frazer might prove useful.
    • The high price
      The high price
      Episode 4
      11/5/71
      8.7
      A shortage of storage space makes it necessary for James to buy his own warehouse. Can he convince Mrs Arkwright to sell hers for a good price and what will happen to Ada Gamble's rag and bone trade?
    • Catch as can
      Catch as can
      Episode 5
      11/12/71
      8.3
      Callon tries to sabotages the Onedin Line by threatening customers and kidnapping staff. Elizabeth feels attracted to Albert Fraser, but Anne can guess her secret.
    • Salvage
      Salvage
      Episode 6
      11/19/71
      8.6
      The Onedins are surprised by Elizabeth's pregnancy and insist that she should marry Fogarty. Meanwhile, the Charlotte Rhodes gets into serious trouble and to avoid that Callon might salvage the uninsured ship, James needs the help of Albert Frazer and his new vessel.
    • Passage to Pernambuco
      11/26/71
      8.3
      A threat to his vineyard makes Braganza look for new vines in America. James can help him there and so the two men set up a new partnership. Doing so the Onedin Line acquires a second ship.
    • The homecoming
      The homecoming
      Episode 8
      12/3/71
      8.5
      Anne's old friend Michael Adams returns to England after an absence of four years. A jealous James hires him to work on his ship, just to keep him away from Anne. But then Anne decides to travel with them.
    • When my ship comes in
      12/10/71
      8.1
      An accident with a ship chartered from Callon brings the Onedin Line to the brink of bankruptcy. James resorts to some dubious measures to save his company.
    • A very important passenger
      12/17/71
      8.7
      James is offered a substantial sum to transport a mysterious passenger to Italy. Little does he know that the new crew is up to something as well.
    • Mutiny
      Mutiny
      Episode 11
      12/24/71
      8.1
      James investigates mutiny on one of his ships, but he's mainly concerned about getting the perishable cargo to London.
    • Cry of the blackbird
      1/7/72
      8.5
      A voyage to Australia gets James Onedin unwittingly involved in the slave trade.
    • Shadow of doubt
      Shadow of doubt
      Episode 13
      1/14/72
      8.6
      Robert's slip of the tongue makes Albert Frazer suspect his son was fathered by someone else. James tries to make some money transporting emigrants to Canada and encounters unexpected problems.
    • Blockade
      Blockade
      Episode 14
      1/21/72
      8.6
      James Onedin takes a huge risk breaking through the Federalist blockade of Wilmington. He sees it as an opportunity to make money and help the cotton industry of England. Anne struggles with the immorality of helping the slave-owners.
    • Winner take all
      Winner take all
      Episode 15
      1/28/72
      8.5
      After Albert Frazer has convinced him to invest in building a steamship, James turns the Onedin Line into a public company, with unforeseen results. The first voyage of Captain Baines brings more problems.
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