Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Created by James Mitchell, the long-running British drama series When the Boat Comes In was set in the decades between the two World Wars. Disillusioned by his wartime experiences in France, ex-sergeant Jack Ford (James Bolam) arrived in the town of Gallowshields on Tyneside in search of a job -- any job. Unfortunately, what with the nationwide financial recession, virtually no one in town had any employment to offer. Aligning himself with the equally impoverished Seaton family, Jack set about to improve his fortunes -- and somewhere along the line, he wed the lovely Jessie Seaton (Susan Jameson). An entertaining capsule of the confusion and sociopolitical upheaval in Britain after WWI, When the Boat Comes In was almost painfully accurate in its period detail, right down to the contemporary-sounding theme tune, performed by Alex Glasgow. Debuting January 8, 1976, the series yielded 51 episodes before folding in 1981.