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When The Boat Comes In : Complete BBC Collection (24 Disc Box Set) [2007] [DVD]

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  • Actors: James Bolam, James Garbutt, Jean Heywood, John Nightingale, Madelaine Newton
  • Directors: Bill Hays, David Askey, David Reynolds, Gilchrist Calder, Leonard Lewis
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 24
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn Media UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2007
  • Run Time: 2520 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OI1G24
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,261 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Disillusioned by his wartime experiences in France, ex-sergeant Jack Ford (James Bolam) returns home to Gallowshields on Tyneside in search of a job any job. Unfortunately, with Britain in the grip of recession, there is no work to be had. Aligning himself with the equally impoverished Seaton family, Jack sets about improving his fortunes and along the way falls deeply in love with Jessie Seaton (Susan Jameson).

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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191 of 195 people found the following review helpful By Scots Lass on 28 Aug. 2007
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James Bolam is astounding in this excellent drama series which was shown in the 1970's. As Jack Ford he is a clever mix of Del Boy and Robert Maxwell - a helping hand who always has his eye on the main chance for himself.

He befriends the Seaton family - hard working Bill and his wife Bella, and their adult children Tom, Jessie and Billy. Bill is a miner but wants better for his family and thanks to his hard work there is money for his daughter to train as a school teacher and son Billy to attend University and become a Doctor. Tom is not academic and so he works in the mines with his father, but he would prefer to work outdoors.

Jack has plans to improve his life and as he climbs the ranks in the local Union, with Matt Hedley, his best mate from the trenches, he plans a future and family with Jessie. But the course of true love does not run smooth and Jack and Jessie find unexpected hurdles in the road of their romance.

Starting just after WW1 as the heroes came home to a world of poverty and unemployment, When The Boat has endearing characters whose lives quickly become gripping. Tom's wife is sickly and she is expecting their first child. Billy wants to use his medical degree to help people who cannot pay a doctor in these pre-NHS days - but his father Bill is determined that his youngest son will repay the family the cost of his education. This becomes all the more important when Bill is injured in a mining accident and wife Bella has to rethink their lives.

Two characters attempts to gain an amicable divorce will amaze viewers of today with the drawn out process required and the General Strike and Jarrow Marches come sweeping into the lives of the cast as Jack continues to better himself using every means possible.
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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Sussex on 4 Jun. 2007
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I watched this series in the mid 1970's and never forgot it, an absolutely great series of life between the wars, down to earth, realistic and very well acted by all the cast, in particular, James Bolan as Jack Ford, superb. The box set is expensive but you get 25 DVD's and television history at it's best. In this world, where opening a box is classed as entertainment, or watching a bunch of nobody's locked up in a house, as riveting, I thank God that there are still top drawer classics like this to be had. If you want top drama at it's best, as it should be, then get this, pure magic television.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Nec81 on 18 May 2009
We have thoroughly enjoyed watching this box set which provides hours of great viewing. Series 1 to 3 are all superb and whilst Series 4 lacks many of the strong characters featured in the earlier series it is still quite enjoyable in its own right.

For those of you have been confused by the strange disc numbering used in the box set, here is the correct viewing order:

Series 1
A Land Fit For Heroes & Idiots - Discs 1 & 2
Empire Day On The Slag Heap - Discs 1 & 2
King For A Day - Discs 1 & 2

Series 2
Ask For Tuppence Take A Penny - Discs 1 & 2
God and Love and Wellesley Street - Discs 1 & 2
A Wreath With Our Names On - Discs 1 & 2

Series 3
A House Divided - Discs 1 & 2
Requiem For A Loser - Discs 1 & 2
The Father Of Lies - Discs 1 & 2

Series 4
Back To Dear Old Blighty - Discs 1 & 2
Oh My Charming Billy Boy - Discs 1 & 2
Action! - Discs 1 & 2
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SMc on 22 Mar. 2010
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I wonder how many other readers have enjoyed and been enthralled by the re-runs (on Yesterday) of the complete 51 episodes of When The Boat Comes In (1975-1980)? This series, which was originally commissioned and broadcast by the BBC has just concluded as I write this and shows just how good BBC television can be.

I enjoyed these when originally broadcast - indeed, I refused to go out for a pint until the programme finished - watched the original repeats and have watched them for a third time thirty five years later. I've even purchased the boxed set! Whilst this was a masterpiece of characters and a marvellous ensemble of cast, James Bolam, as Jack Ford was head and shoulders above everybody else. If he never did anything else again, never mind about the rest of his body of work before and since, he could be remembered just for this. Bolam held this series together and you could not think of any other actor to play this role, could you?

Despite some episodes of the final series (four) being a little thin, even filled out on plot-lines and the contrived denouement, tributes should not only go the wonderful Bolam and ensemble but, also James Mitchell, the originator and main writer of this wonderful series.

This was on a par with Boys From The Blackstuff (BBC again) and but, for the contrived nature of the final series would go down as probably the finest complete television series ever made. Still very near the top of my list mind !
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Timothy Gaunt on 3 Nov. 2008
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This was one of the great British dramas of the 1970`s, gritty and well acted, based on the books by James Mitchell, the Seaton family, Jack Ford, unions, ths bosses, the aftermath of the great world war of 1914 to 1918, the struggle for survival and the great changes to the class system.
I had waited for the this complete drama to become available on dvd and was not disappointed, enjoyed it from the first episode to the last.
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