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Why can they not make series like this now,
This review is from: When The Boat Comes In : Complete BBC Collection (24 Disc Box Set)  [DVD] (DVD)
Here is a classic TV production. Well acted, real character development, realistic and historically accurate. There are no sound engineers blasting your eardrums with 'mood' sounds or violins telling you when to be emotional. This is classy drama that does not need the trappings of cheap television making each programme sound like a play being acted on a rock concert stage. I really do miss productions like this which seem to have been replaced by productions more suitable for those that watch television whilst listening to their iPods and having mobile phones within reach. This was made before the BBC dumbed everything down.
The story centred around Jack Ford and ambitious but complex working class character determined to 'get ahead' at any cost yet still retaining some integrity and loyalty to friends (hence the complexity)- I suppose that would be unrealistic to moderm programmers these days where characters are designed to uni-dimensional and stereotypic.
This is a real classic - something you can watch over and over again - and I do. It will raise the soul and is more than worth the cost.