When the Boat Comes In

BBC (ended 1981)



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When the Boat Comes In

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Welcome to the When the Boat Comes In guide at TV.com. This gritty Northern period drama, set in Gallowshields on Tyneside between the World Wars, follows the struggles of former sergeant Jack Ford and the Seaton family as they deal with the aftermath of the Great War, the great depression of the 1920s, trade union activists and an uncaring society. Ford has had his fill of struggle in the trenches and is now determined to make something of himself in the brave new world. In the event, he uses cunning, guile, and an enormous degree of cynicism to make and lose two fortunes and any number of friends...
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  • Superb British Drama

    My parents used to watch this and I hated it with a passion but for some reason I got hooked into watching the repeats on UK Gold when they started a few years back. It was being shown on midweek afternoons so I have no idea how I got to see an episode again but I do remember watching the entire run from the start and enjoying it completely.

    The story concerns the post WW1 lives of people in the north east of England. The main character, Jack Ford, is played by James Bolam. This was one of the first, if not the first, drama to use actors entirely from the appropriate area. I think the show has aged exceptionally well - due to the casting and casting policy and also the scripts and dialogue. Some people say that period pieces do not date but you can normally see through the production values. This series in my opinion has dated very little.moreless
  • English War Drama

    A masterpiece of english drama. Competing against "The Sweeney" and "The Professionals" it held it's own very well.

    Allowing for the fact it was a period drama up against 2 hard- hitting, gripping cop shows !

    The damage of the "great" war is revealed in it's entirety.

    James Bolam delivers what is considered his finest work and when you take "only when I laugh" and "New tricks" into consideration that is some career.

    People dealing with physical and mental pain long before the world of psychiatry and plastic surgery.

    My relatives from the north of england still have trouble watching the show due to its realism.

    The moments of courage and bravery cannot be underestimated.moreless

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