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When the Boat Comes In (1976–1981)

TV Series | 50 min | Drama, History

Set in Gallowshields on Tyneside between the 2 World Wars, this story follows the life of ex-sergeant Jack Ford and the Seaton family as they deal with the aftermath of the Great War, the Great 1920s Depression and trade union activists.
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Updated Jan 8, 1976

Release date (First episode)
Jan 8, 1976 (United Kingdom)

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278 cast members
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James Bolam
Jack Ford Jack Ford   See fewer
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James Garbutt
Bill Seaton Bill Seaton   See fewer
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Jean Heywood
Bella Seaton Bella Seaton   See fewer
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John Nightingale
Tom Seaton Tom Seaton   See fewer
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Edward Wilson
Billy Seaton Billy Seaton   See fewer
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Malcolm Terris
Matt Headley Matt Headley   See fewer
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Susan Jameson
Jessie Seaton / Jessie Ashton Jessie Seaton / Jessie Ashton   See fewer
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Madelaine Newton
Dolly / Dolly Seaton / Dolly Ford Dolly / Dolly Seaton / Dolly Ford   See fewer
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Basil Henson
Sir Horatio Manners / Sir Horation Manners Sir Horatio Manners / Sir Horation Manners   See fewer
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Rosalind Bailey
Sarah Lytton / Sarah Headley / Sarah Headly Sarah Lytton / Sarah Headley / Sarah Headly   See fewer
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Geoffrey Rose
Arthur Ashton Arthur Ashton   See fewer
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Lois Baxter
Lady Caroline #2 / Lady Caroline Lady Caroline #2 / Lady Caroline   See fewer
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William Fox
Duke of Bedlington Duke of Bedlington   See fewer
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Vernon Drake
Hotel Porter / Porter / Arty Stephenson / Hotel porter Hotel Porter / Porter / Arty Stephenson / Hotel porter   See fewer
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Catherine Terris
Miss Laidlaw / Miss. Laidlaw Miss Laidlaw / Miss. Laidlaw   See fewer
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Roger Avon
Stan Liddell / Chairman / Mr. Redshaw Stan Liddell / Chairman / Mr. Redshaw   See fewer
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Michelle Newell
Mary Seaton Mary Seaton   See fewer
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Noel O'Connell
Young Tommy / Young Tommy Seaton Young Tommy / Young Tommy Seaton   See fewer
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Colin Douglas
Ryder / Fred Randall / Stobart Ryder / Fred Randall / Stobart   See fewer
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John Kidd
Tovey Tovey   See fewer
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Lady Caroline / Lady Caroline #2 Lady Caroline / Lady Caroline #2   See fewer
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Jones / Deputy / Joe Pierce Jones / Deputy / Joe Pierce   See fewer
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Geordie Watson Geordie Watson   See fewer
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Poskett Poskett   See fewer
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Charles Ryder / Prosecution Charles Ryder / Prosecution   See fewer
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Tania Corley Tania Corley   See fewer
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