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When The Boat Comes In - Series 1 [1976] [DVD]

James Bolam , Christopher Benjamin , Paul Ciappessoni , David Reynolds (III)    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: James Bolam, Christopher Benjamin, Colin Douglas, Howard Da Silva, Isla Blair
  • Directors: Paul Ciappessoni, David Reynolds (III), Ronald Wilson, Gilchrist Calder
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn Media UK
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C24GW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,289 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

All the episodes from the first series of the classic BBC drama which follows the adventures of Sgt Jack Ford (James Bolam) when he returns from World War One to the poverty of his Tyneside home. The episodes included are: 'A Land Fit For Heroes and Idiots', 'Say Hello ... Say Tirra', 'Fish in Woolly Jumpers', 'Swords and Pick Handles', 'Cold Comfort', 'Empire Day on the Slag Heap', 'A First Time For Everything', 'Paddy Boyle's Discharge', 'Angel on Horseback', 'King for a Day', 'Happy New Year - Some Say', 'Heads You Win - Tails I Lose', and 'Kind-Hearted Rat With a Lifebelt'.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Boat comes in 16 July 2002
Format:VHS Tape
A heart warming and emotive view of post First World War Tyneside. Showing the heartache, poverty and deprivation but the strong and proud spirit of the people of the region and no doubt heavy industrial communities nationwide, that sadly no longer exist. However it's not all doom and gloom and there's merriment as well. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this BBC drama, that at one time attracted millions to the telly to watch yet for some strange reason was never repeated. I would recommend this to everyone, a classic. I can't wait for the full series to be released as it's not taken me long to watch all six videos in fact I've had to ration myself otherwise I'll have a long wait. James Bolam, Susan Jameson and the rest of the cast are excellent can't get enough!!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming BBC classic, a 'must see'. 2 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
What a delight! James Bolam is wonderful in this authentic costume drama, the acting is superb, and every episode exudes charm. The tragedy and triumph of each of the characters gives a unique insight into life in the north of England after the first world war. Jack is a 'happy go lucky' young man who is never short of ideas for how to make a quick bob, unfortunately some of them are illegal. While all around him is stricken with poverty and sickness Jack always seems to be able to save the day. The series is wonderful, a 'must see'.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Highest Quality Drama 23 Jun 2004
Perhaps the best drama series ever produced by the BBC. James Bolam leads a superb cast and gives a finely nuanced performance which exlpores the ambivalence of the lead character, Jack Ford. The politics and social problems of the 1920s provide the thematic backdrop to some memorable storylines which are both moving and, at times, funny. The writing by James Mitchell is expertly plotted and the characters - from Ford to the Seaton family - are very believable and engaging. Quite why this gem has not been repeated is a mystery: if you like high quality and well observed drama then this box set is for you!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best UK TV Series? 2 May 2007
By steve b
Jack Ford returns the North East from the First World War. Clever, ruthless with an eye to the main chance, Jack is also loyal to those he cares for. Indeed sometimes it is hard to tell if Jack is a hero or a villian. On the whole however he is a likeable rouge who always comes out on top. Before appearing in this series James Bolam was best known as half of the Likely Lads. In this James Bolam, who is perfect as Jack, plays a different type of working class fiqure, at time cruel,at others kind and willing to put himself out to help others but always the cleverest person in the room. He is supported by a host of actors giving top class performances in paticular Susan Jameson as Jack's true love, Jessie and James Garbutt and Jean Heywood as her parents Bill and Bella Seaton.

Top class writing and acting is backed up by realistic settings both interior and exterior. You do get the feel of 1920's working class life.

As well as a top class popular drama When the Boat Comes In could be used in schools to show children what life was like in the 1920s. Everything from the home life to the clothes to the food to the pubs appears to me to be as realistic as has ever been shown in a TV series.

If you have never seen it you have a treat in store.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tyneside in the early 1920s 6 Aug 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The second series of this very watchable BBC 70s drama starts here. Possibly not quite up to the excellent first series, it continues the story of ex-army man Jack Ford as he moves upward and onward into the 1920s, and his relations with the differnet members of the Seaton family.
For those who didn't see it when it first came out, its highly recommended - taughtly-written, well cast, and with an excellent sense of time and place, the poor North-East of England in the years after the first world war.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A step back in time 21 May 2012
By Ali
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought these dvds on behalf of my elderly parents (both in their eighties) and they were thrilled to watch what they call proper television instead of all the rubbish on the box these days
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Entertaining 16 July 2011
Obviously the best thing to do it to buy the complete box set on DVD but apart from the obvious... fantastic brilliant series I loved every minute of it. If you've read Ken Folltts book Fall of the Giants then you'll love this as he ripped his book from it (in my opinion).
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