When the Boat Comes In

Season 1 Episode 6

Empire Day on the Slag Heap

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Aired Tuesday 8:10 PM Feb 12, 1976 on BBC
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Empire Day on the Slag Heap
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The pit strike reaches a negotiated settlement without a pay increase. Mary Seaton appears to have recovered from her bout of T.B. Jesse agrees to go out to dinner with Arthur Seaton which her parents don't think she should as she's supposed to be getting engaged to Jack Ford who is off arranging his work for Sir Horatio Manners. He asks if Jack is married, to which Jack replies that he hopes to be soon unless Manners objects, but that it's only because if he does object then he won't take the job and so won't have the money to get married. Jack goes round to the Seatons to see Jesse but her parents avoid mentioning her having gone to dinner with Arthur Ashton. At the dinner Ashton asks Jesse to marry him. Matt Headley informs Jack that he knows Jack has been having an affair with his sister Dolly and that she's pregnant and looking for money for an abortion. Jack says he agreed that if she got pregnant he would marry her so he and Jesse are finished. The pit men go back to work and the mine shaft collapses on Bill Seaton whose back is broken. The pit owners provide him with a private room in hospital and then offer him £100 and ask him to sign a receipt. Jack Ford turns up and discovers that he is being asked to sign a document accepting that the pit collapse was Bill's own fault. Jack and Dolly Headley both reluctantly agree to marry. Jack tells Jesse about Dolly's pregnancy and tells her he loves her. She tells him to leave. He informs her he isn't going to London as there's work to be done where he is and he's the guy to do it.moreless

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Lewis Teasdale

Lewis Teasdale

Crawford

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Richard Butler

Richard Butler

Mine Owners Representative

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Keith Morrison (II)

Keith Morrison (II)

Turnbull

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Michelle Newell

Michelle Newell

Mary

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Geoffrey Rose

Geoffrey Rose

Arthur Ashton

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Basil Henson

Basil Henson

Sir Horatio Manners

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