When the Boat Comes In

Season 1 Episode 7

A First Time for Everything

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Aired Tuesday 8:10 PM Feb 19, 1976 on BBC
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Bella Seaton is preparing to open a shop in her back room but hasn't told her husband who is still in the hospital. Mary is up helping with some sowing though she is barely fit to do so. Bella asks a Frenchman who is delivering stock to ask Jack Ford come round to do fit some shelves for her. Jesse is annoyed that a talented pupil of hers, Ronnie Fairburn, is going to take a job down the pit instead of getting more education. She decides to see the boys mother and after saying she shouldn't be interfering, Mr Ashton accompanies her. Mrs Fairburn explains that her poor relief was cut by the Board of Guardians when she enquired about getting her son work as a draughtsman. Jesse tells Ronnie to go round to see Tom before his first shift in the mine. Jack goes round to the Seatons and notices Mary health looks bad, which he mentions when alone with Bella. Jack refuses to take money for doing the shelves, but Bella tells him it's a wedding present. Jack tells her that if he had the money for a ticket to Australia to avoid getting married he might take it. Bill Seaton returns home from hospital to discover the shop in the house and demands it is all taken away. Bella explains to him that it'll kill the pair of them trying to survive if they don't have the shop and that she will leave and not come back if he won't have it. So he agrees, realising that he has no choice now he's in a wheelchair and it's the first time his wife has been the one who gets to make the decisions. Jesse finds a way to inform her parents that Mr Ashton has asked her to marry him again and she has excepted this time. Ronnie Fairburn goes off to start working the pit with Tom at 4am. The foreman gives him a dangerous job and says they have no choice, he'll have to do it. He gets killed by a fast moving coal tub. Tom says he's never going down a pit again and gets Jesse to tell the Ronnie's mother that he's dead. Jack Ford and Dolly Headley get married. He uses the money Bella gave him to buy champagne. It's the first time Dolly has had any and the first time she's seen a £5 note. Bella goes round to see Mrs Fairburn and gets Bill to mind the shop for the first time.moreless

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Tony Nelson

Tony Nelson

Ronnie Fairbairn

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Margaret Heery

Margaret Heery

Mrs. Fairbairn

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André Maranne

André Maranne

Pierre

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Michelle Newell

Michelle Newell

Mary

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Geoffrey Rose

Geoffrey Rose

Arthur Ashton

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