EPISODE GUIDE - SERIES 1
by Matthew Lee © 2005
WARNING - THIS GUIDE CONTAINS SPOILERS
September 1st –
as Tom Howard (Series 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
Jan Harvey as Jan Howard
Tracey Childs as Lynne Howard-Dupont (Series 1, 2 and 6)
Edward Highmore as Leo Howard
Stephen Yardley as Ken Masters
Glyn Owen as Jack Rolfe
Robert Vahey as Bill Sayers
Susan Gilmore as Avril Rolfe
Tony Anholt as Charles Frere
Ivor Danvers as Gerald Urquhart
Willoughby Grey as Sir John Stevens
Cindy Shelley as Abby Urquhart-Hudson
Dulcie Gray as Kate Harvey
Patricia Shakesby as Polly Urquhart (Series 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
Nigel Davenport as Sir Edward Frere (Series 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6)
Ryan Michael as Orrin Hudson (Series 2)
Jeff Harding as Orrin Hudson (Series 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Sarah-Jane Varley as Sarah Foster (Series 2, 3 and 4)
Graham Pountney as Mark Foster (Series 2 and 3)
Francesca Gonshaw as Amanda Parker-Howard (Series 3)
Michael Loney as Mike Hanley (Series 3 and 4)
Sarah Lam as Anne Lee (Series 3)
Michael Denison as Admiral Redfern (Series 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Sian Webber as Emma Neesome (Series 4 and 5)
Kate O’Mara as Laura Wilde (Series 5 and 6)
Lana Morris as Vanessa Andenberg-Rolfe (Series 5 and 6)
Victoria Burgoyne as Vicki Rockwell (Series 5)
Andrew Bicknell as James Brooke (Series 5)
Charmian Gradwell as Jenny Richards (Series 6)
Paul Jerricho as Robert Hastings (Series 6)
John Rhean as Tony Munro (Series 6)
Signature Tune and Incidental Music for the
series were provided by Simon May and Leslie Osborne.
the signature tune for the closing titles of Series 2, was performed by
Marti Webb with lyrics by Don Black.
Series 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
were produced by Gerard Glaister.
was produced by Tony Rowe.
for Series 6 was Gerard Glaister.
was directed by Pennant Roberts (Parts 1, 2, 6, 10 and 11), Sarah Hellings
(Parts 3, 4, 7, 12 and 13) and Tristan de Vere Cole (Parts 5, 8 and 9)
was directed by Sarah Hellings (Parts 1, 2, 5 and 6), Tristan de Vere Cole
(Parts 3, 4, 7 and 8) and Keith Washington (Parts 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13)
was directed by Matthew Robinson (Parts 1, 2 and 5), Michael E Briant
(Parts 3, 4, 6, 7, 10 and 11) and Frank W Smith (Parts 8, 9, 12 and 13)
was directed by Tristan de Vere Cole (Parts 1 and 2), Alister Hallum
(Parts 3, 4, 7, 10 and 11), Roger Jenkins (Parts 5, 6 and 8) and Graeme
Harper (Parts 9, 12 and 13)
was directed by Robert Reed (Parts 1, 2, 5 and 6), Peter Rose (Parts 3, 4,
7 and 8), Jeremy Summers (Parts 9, 12 and 13) and David Penn (Parts 10 and
was directed by Jeremy Summers (Parts 1, 2 and 3), Peter Rose (Parts 4, 5
and 6), Marcus DF White (Parts 7, 8 and 9) and Robert Reed (Parts 10, 11,
12 and 13).
Written by Jill
In the south coast locality of Tarrant, the Commodore’s Cup
has attracted the attention not only of the assembled sailing enthusiasts
but the popular press as well. Amidst fierce competition, aviation
designer Tom Howard sails on board the vessel he designed, the Flying
Fish, accompanied by his son, Leo, and daughter Lynne. As they
frantically make adjustments to rigging and sails as the vessel streaks
into the lead, a luxury cruiser follows their every move: on board are his
wife, Jan, and her closest companion, Polly Urquhart, both of whom are
enjoying champagne as they support the Fish crew in their bid to
At local boat-building concern the Mermaid Yard,
proprietor Jack Rolfe is engaged in conversation with his daughter, Avril,
over the prospects of Tom Howard’s bid to win the Commodore’s Cup.
Having narrowly avoided a collision with their closest
rivals, when the Flying Fish is the first across the line (having
sustained some minor damage below the water line), a rousing celebration
gets underway on board both vessels, and continues at The Jolly Sailor
Public House on dry land shortly thereafter.
Whilst the Howards enjoy a proud victory, those in
attendance quietly speculate on Tom Howard’s future, as word is spreading
that Southern Aviation (the company for which he had devoted twenty-two
years of his life) is radically downsizing its Southampton operations.
At the Mermaid Yard, Jack discusses the desperate financial
woes facing the business with Avril. After three months in Tarrant, she
has assessed the worst of the damage affecting the Yard, and despite
Jack’s assurances that a forthcoming German repair contract with extricate
them from their plight, Avril remains unconvinced. When Jack suggests they
discuss the situation over a drink, she despairs with her father, claiming
that it always his solution to problems.
Driving home, the family enjoy singing a wide range of
nautically-themed songs ahead of a bountiful lunch over which they
joyously recount their memories of the victory. Jack reveals that he is
due to have lunch with Laurie Meadows, the Mermaid Yard’s bank manager,
the following day, and that he will convince the bank to extend their
overdraft. He also discusses Avril’s return to Tarrant, and claims that
one day she will have to explain the reasons behind her sudden departure
from London and return to the fold. At the end of their lunch, Tom
intercedes in the proceedings to reveal that he has been made redundant,
surprising his children and shocking Jan even more so. When she presses
him for an explanation, he reveals that the situation had been on the
cards for a month, and that he kept it a secret from the family as he
believed he could find another position before his final days at Southern
Aviation. However, this having not eventuated, he must now rely on his
redundancy settlement. Jan is angry that Tom did not confide in her
earlier, and she storms from the dining room. Tom, realising he has
handled the announcement badly, he endeavours to placate her. Jan angrily
confronts him, demanding to know why he didn’t speak to her before
announcing it to the family. She voices her concern that they once shared
their worries, and as the pair exchange apologies, they speculate on their
uncertain future. Jan is confident that Tom will find another job easily,
but he angrily reveals that after a month-long search, he has been unable
to find a new position. He reveals he will be unable to find a new
aviation role at his time of life, and that his contacts have “melted
away” upon hearing the news. He tells Jan that he considered an offer in
Pretoria, and poses the question of leaving Tarrant; Jan expresses her
desire to remain in the area, to which Tom counters by revealing he turned
the offer down. Jan is upset that he had already made up his mind
regarding a future decision without consulting her.
Meanwhile, Leo and Lynne try to come to terms with the news
of their father’s redundancy. Tom reveals to his children that the family
will be forced to trim their sails somewhat in the future (namely Lynne
being forced to find gainful employment, the cancellation of their planned
summer holiday in France, and Leo cutting back on expenditure ahead of his
first-term attendance at Exeter University).
At The Jolly Sailor, Jack ruminates over his current
predicament over a pint, and is joined by site foreman Bill Sayers. They
discuss Avril’s bitter temperament of late (Jack believes a man is
responsible for her guarded nature), the future prospects of the boatyard
and their mutual past together.
With Tom having taken a walk to clear his thoughts, Jan
emerges from her isolation and engages in a bitter exchange of words
between herself and Lynne, with Leo acting as peacemaker.
On the banks of the River Hamble, Tom encounters Avril, who
has also been endeavouring to clear her mind of personal matters. They are
reunited after five years, and they discuss her return to Tarrant, the
Commodore’s Cup victory and the news of his recent redundancy. At
forty-four, Tom has reached a turning point in his life: having devoted so
much time to a job in which he was far too comfortable, he now considers
working on his own, running his own business. He is adamant he will not
re-enter the rat race to be kicked in the teeth again, and his future lies
in engaging in work on his own time. When the conversation turns to
Avril’s time in London, she becomes evasive and does not want to discuss
her recent past. Tom is surprised that he has spent half an hour bearing
his soul to a complete stranger.
At the Howards’, Jan apologises for her exchange with her
children. Whilst they are all hopeful that Tom will secure a new position,
Jan is damned if she will be forced to scrimp and save once again. She
speculates on whether or not Ken Masters, a local businessman, can offer
her increased hours at Masters Chandlery, and Leo expresses a desire to
work rather than go to University himself. She is shocked when he reveals
he never wanted to go in the first place.
Later, Jan telephones Ken, whom she interrupts in bed with
his girlfriend, Dawn. Breathless and half-naked, he is concerned when she
asks to meet him the following morning to discuss “something important”.
At the end of their conversation, he expresses his concern that she might
hand in her notice, and reveals to Dawn that he would not want to lose
her. When Dawn asks what Jan is like, he describes her as an ordinary
housewife, and not in her league.
That evening, Jan and Tom discuss the situation as they
prepare for bed. Determined to put his redundancy pay-out to good use, Tom
is keen to secure a fresh occupation which will put his aeronautical
expertise to good use. He expresses to Jan his desire to utilise the money
and venture into independent design work, but she voices her concerns over
the risks involved. Tom believes that is playing it safe has got him where
he is today, perhaps it is time to take a few chances.
Meanwhile, Avril has a disturbed night’s sleep as she
recalls her recent past in London.
The following morning, Tom visits the Mermaid Yard, at
which the Flying Fish is being hauled into dry-dock for a
preliminary assessment prior to repair work being undertaken. Jack assures
him that a scratch like the one on Tom’s vessel would not affect the
wooden ships that the Yard prides itself on, and the pair discuss the
high-quality craftsmanship they predominately deal in.
At Masters Chandlery, Jan arrives for her early-morning
meeting with Ken, at which she ventures the possibility of working more
hours. Ken is hardly surprised at news of Tom’s redundancy, as he had been
made aware of Southern Aviation’s cutbacks, and is more surprised when he
learns that Jan was only informed the previous evening. Agreeing to her
request, Ken is surprised that she has taken him up on his offer to work
longer hours. He reveals he has other plans in mind for her future, which
he will discuss with her at a later date.
At the Mermaid Office, Jack and Avril discuss Tom’s
paint-job commission on the Flying Fish. When she counsels him to reduce
the cost of the commission to something of a gift to Tom, Jack is
surprised to learn he has been retrenched from Southern Aviation. He
hurries to collect himself ahead of his lunchtime appointment with Laurie
At the Howards, Leo and Lynne discuss their futures in
light of their father’s redundancy before Tom arrives and invites them out
on a picnic. Over lunch at the Yacht Club, Jan complains to Polly
regarding Tom’s treatment of herself and the family with regard to keeping
his redundancy a secret. She ruminates over the fact that they no longer
discuss their problems, and whilst Polly assures her that he has the
children’s best interests at heart, she reveals that her husband, Gerald,
has hardly noticed that their daughter, Abby, is in Switzerland.
Nearby, Jack and Laurie Meadows enjoy a modest lunch whilst
the former highlights the financial viability of the Mermaid Yard. Laurie
pressures Jack into revealing the last and most lucrative design
commission the Yard has enjoyed, and when he cannot provide examples more
recent than two years previously, Laurie insists that unless incoming
cashflow improves the loan the Yard has with the bank will be called in.
When Jack implies that the German repair contract will bail the Yard out,
Laurie highlights the fact that without confirmation in writing, the bank
will foreclose the loan. Jack pleads with Laurie to lend a helping hand in
his hour of need, but he is found wanting.
Jan reveals to Polly that Tom is tossing around the
ludicrous idea of “going it alone”, and Polly assures her that they will
need to find him a nice, safe job.
On the banks of the River Hamble, Tom and Lynne enjoy a
quiet lunch-time picnic. She is concerned when Tom voices the option that
they may have to sell the Flying Fish if their finances become
At the Mermaid Yard, Bill catches sight of Jack solemnly
returning from his meeting with Laurie Meadows. When he approaches him for
news of the meeting, Jack reluctantly reveals the bank intends to
foreclose on the loan in the immediate future. He later reveals to Avril
that they will be issuing an official letter later that day, and that the
firm may not even be able to meet the wage bill over the coming months.
They speculate over the future of the Yard, and Jack is at a loss to
provide a solution. He lets slip that he even married to secure the Yard,
and whilst he believes his daughter was previously unaware of this fact,
Avril confirms that she was told that when she was at school. When Bill
reveals that the repair work on the Flying Fish is complete, Jack
suddenly has the spark of an idea. He tells Avril that Tom Howard might be
the solution to their problems, and he hastily telephones the man in
question and invites him for a drink at the pub.
Over a game of
Tom and Lynne discuss Leo’s meeting at the job centre in pursuit of paid
employment. Their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of a delivery
driver, who presents Leo with a bouquet of flowers addressed to Jan – from
Tom clashes with Jan over
her desire to work longer hours at Masters Chandlery, and even more so
when she expresses the fact that Ken has offered to establish some
contacts for him in pursuit of a new position. Their tense exchange of
words is interrupted by a telephone call from Polly, who reveals that
Gerald has learned of a design position at the Civil Airforce Authority
which would be ideal for Tom. When Jan broaches the subject with Tom, he
insists that the position is entirely unsuitable, as it would involve
increased commuting time and, despite the healthy salary, he is not going
to endure another position he hates just to bolster her social status. Tom
concludes that “I intend to spend the rest of my working life doing
something I want to do”.
At the Mermaid Yard, Avril
confronts Jack as to his intentions to soak up Tom’s redundancy money to
temporarily bail out the company. She insists on having no part in his
plans, as she could not forgive herself if the Yard finishes up bankrupt
and Tom is destitute.
At The Jolly Sailor,
Jack presents Tom with a proposal: inject his redundancy money into the
Mermaid Yard, and come on board as a partner in what he has described as a
thriving enterprise which could only benefit from his design acumen. The
manner in which Jack frames the proposal is such that Tom may find the
offer too difficult to resist: “Here, you could be master of your own
With Sally Farmiloe
(Dawn), Alan Downer (Laurie Meadows), Robert Ashby (Geoff) and Sam Davies
NB: This first episode of the series was repeated three
days later (on Wednesday evening at
the subsequent edition broadcast the following Sunday evening.
by Jill Hyem
biggest high I’ve had in years was designing the Flying Fish”. Jack takes
Tom on a tour of the Mermaid Yard having made the partnership offer, and
Tom tells him he will mull it over.
visits Avril at the Thatched Cottage to tell her about his proposition to
Tom. She insists that he must come into the Yard with his eyes wide open,
and will have to be shown the Yard’s books. Ken Masters meets Bill Sayers
at the Jolly Sailor in a bid to learn more about the financial situation
at the Yard and the morale of the employees. Hearing that all is not well,
he instructs a friend to investigate a possible bid in the event that the
Mermaid Yard goes bust, deeming it a useful addition to his marina
holdings. Jan and Tom are still at loggerheads over the job she thinks he
should take. He is determined to have something to show for his efforts
when he turns fifty, and tells her that there is a possibility he may “go
ruminating about Jack’s offer, meets Polly at Tarrant Station. She is
traveling to London to collect her daughter Abby from the airport, having
returned from a college in Switzerland. She stresses the importance of Tom
accepting the job Jan has found for him as it would be a great weight off
has lunch at a fashion show with Abby, who has changed a great deal since
she has been away. Avril calculates that the Yard owes the bank
one-hundred-and-eighty-seven thousand pounds and is doubtful that Tom
accept the offer. He arrives as a damaged boat (with repairs to its hull
and keel required) is hauled into dry dock. He asks Jack if he can see the
books before making a final decision.
Avril runs through the books with him and he is puzzled as to why she is
trying to put him off joining the Yard. Avril brands the Yard a “dead
duck”, but Tom believes that dynamic changes could turn around their
fortunes. He poses the question that if he did come into the business,
where would her loyalties lie. Leo and Lynne discuss the distance between
Tom and Jan of late, and decide it is time they both sought out work of
their own to ease the financial burden.
when Lynne sees her father leaving the Yard, Tom asks Avril not to speak
to his family about his plans.
takes up a job at the Tarrant Filling Station (owned by Ken Masters), Ken
is delighted to inform Jan that he has successfully employed another of
the Howard clan. Seizing upon Jan’s appreciation for the flowers, Ken
wants to discuss their future together. He proposes a “yachtsman’s
supermarket” at Masters Chandlery and he wants Jan to run it. Despite her
concerns at not having any experience, Ken says he is confident she has
the flair to run it. She asks for time to consider his offer. In advance
of Tom’s decision, Jack contacts the bank to advise them of his
partnership with the firm, and that they will have their money by the end
of the week.
it is far from a certainty when Tom visits Lloyds Bank later the same day
to discuss investing his fifty-thousand-pound golden handshake and a
further fifty-thousand-pound loan into the Yard. He wants an unsecured
loan without using the house as collateral. Despite the manager’s
misgivings about this arrangement, he secures the loan.
with his accountant to review the Yard’s book and is told there would
still be a sixty-thousand-pound shortfall with his hundred-thousand-pound
cash injection. Thirty-thousand pounds short, he needs to find the capital
an impromptu visit to the Chandlery (at which she met Jan), Dawn is
suspicious of Ken’s motives with Jan. Ken insists that she does not visit
him at work again (unless invited), otherwise they might have to rethink
Avril and Jack and tells them that, in theory, he’s interested in the
offer, but he can’t raise all the capital. She asks him whether or not he
would consider selling The Flying Fish, but he says he’d never find a
buyer in time. Avril offers to investigate any potential buyers. While
Jack spreads the word that the Yard could be out of the woods, Avril is
unable to find a buyer for the Fish. She contacts James Deverill, a friend
of hers, and tells him she wants a favour and needs someone she can trust.
informs Jack that she has found a buyer on the East Coast, and contacts
Tom to let him know that the buyer has offered twenty-thousand-pounds for
the yacht. He tells Avril he will discuss his plans with Jan and get back
to them as soon as possible. Jack is overjoyed, believing that Tom will be
a “nine-day-wonder” and won’t interfere with the running of the Yard. Most
importantly, he expects Avril’s support.
evening, Lynne asks Jan what she thinks of Avril. Distracted, Jan counters
her question by seeking her daughter’s advice about Ken’s offer.
Tom at the Fish and proudly informs him that he’s got a job. Tom responds
by hinting that he soon may have one too. He later tells Jan of his
intentions, and she is appalled. He expected her support, but she won’t
support what she considers an ego trip and a hair-brained scheme. Tom
claims that if they can make a go of this venture, they can make a go of
their marriage as well. Jan threatens to go her own way as well if he
persists with this idea.
out, Tom meets Avril at the Yard and says he’s made a decision: he tells
her to sell the Flying Fish and draw up a partnership agreement.
With Sally Farmiloe (Dawn), Edmund Pegge
(Basil), David Rise (Askew), Robert Ashby (Geoff), Octavia Taten (Julia)
and John Challis (Morris).
“I put up
with it for his sake. To me, boats were always just a necessary evil. I
never thought he’d let them ruin our lives”.
Rolfe leaves the Mermaid Yard office ruminating on Tom Howard sealing the
deal. At the Jolly Sailor, Jack Rolfe exchanges anecdotes with some
drinking colleagues. His festivities are interrupted by the arrival of
Avril, who reveals that he is coming in with the Mermaid Yard and that his
solicitor will be in touch. Jack admits that it was lucky that Avril
sought an owner for the Flying Fish, to which she awkwardly agrees.
Howard family home, Jan, Leo and Lynne reflect on the row between Tom and
Jan. Tom returns home and the pair awkwardly make amends with one another.
When Jan tries to counsel him to see sense, Tom reveals that he has
already committed himself to the venture. As Leo and Lynne prepare to
leave for the Konstam’s party, they discover that Tom has invested in the
Mermaid Yard, and whilst they initially appear happy for their father, Jan
angrily reveals that the Flying Fish, their savings and virtually all
their assets have been sunk into the deal. Lynne is distressed as news
that Avril Rolfe has secured a buyer for the Flying Fish and storms out,
followed shortly thereafter by Tom. Having consoled her daughter, Tom
returns to reveal that Leo will be attending the party alone, to which he
reveals that he is attending with Polly Urquhart at her mother’s request.
evening, Leo collects Abby and witnesses a tense exchange between Polly
and Abby, during which the former suggests that Leo “launch” the latter at
the party. However, no more than a mile from the Urquhart’s home, Abby
asks to be dropped off as she does not want to attend the party and knows
Leo does not want to accompany her. Jack and Avril Rolfe raise a toast to
Laurie Meadows, the Mermaid Yard’s bank manager, as they discuss Tom
Howard’s investment in the firm. Jack steers the conversation around to
the circumstances which saw his daughter return from London to Tarrant,
and although he has managed to ascertain that a man was involved, and that
he was married, Avril refuses to discuss the situation at greater length.
Somewhat awkwardly, Abby and Leo strike up a friendship and decide to take
a walk to the Jolly Sailor for a drink. They discuss the fact that they
are both outsiders in the affluent world of Tarrant, and Abby discusses
her time in Switzerland, an enforced absence put upon her by her mother.
She reveals she cannot swim, much to Leo’s surprise as Tarrant is such a
water-based place. Their exchange is briefly interrupted when Avril Rolfe
meets Leo as she leaves the establishment. Leo and Abby then discuss where
their futures lie; the latter reveals she cannot see a future for herself.
night, Tom and Jan continue to disagree over his choice of career path,
with Jan accusing him of lacking any objectivity when it comes to boats.
Tom pleads with her to understand his reasoning, but his advances in the
bedroom are rejected. Polly Urquhart shamelessly flirts on the telephone
with her colleague Geoff as they make plans to share her flat in London,
but her conversation is interrupted when Abby returns home. Polly appears
surprised that she spent the majority of the evening with Leo, and when
she reveals that Abby’s father telephoned to apologise for not being in
Tarrant to meet her, Abby ruminates on whether he was ever there for her.
Leo returns home and discusses Abby with Lynne, and the pair reflect on
the sale of the Flying Fish. The following morning, Tom arrives for his
first day of work at the Mermaid Yard and meets Davinder (otherwise known
as “Davey”), a first-year apprentice who congratulates Tom on the
impressive Flying Fish and expresses a desire to construct such vessels at
the Yard instead of just repair jobs. Tom implies that he may very well
gets his wish in the future. Intending on meeting Jack Rolfe, Tom
encounters Avril, whom he presses for an explanation as to the
circumstances surrounding the hasty sale of the Flying Fish, but Avril
avoids a direct response. They then plan the day ahead.
Chandlery, Jan arrives late for work and discusses her “gruelling evening”
after Tom’s one-hundred-and-ten-thousand-pound investment in the Mermaid
Yard. They discuss the risks associated with such a gamble, but Ken soon
turns the conversation to his offer of a joint venture with Jan. She
appears hesitant, and Ken presses her for a response. At the Tarrant
Filling Station, Kate Harvey is served by Leo and the pair enjoy a
reunion. Avril Rolfe assures James, her buyer for the Flying Fish, that
his identity will remain a secret if she has anything to do with it. Jack
arrives late for work and Avril remonstrates him for making a bad
impression on Tom’s first day at the Yard.
the site office, Tom and foreman Bill Sayers inspect one of the vessels
under construction, whereupon Bill is forced to reveal that some of the
work undertaken by the firm is behind schedule. Jack meets the pair, and
when Tom presses him for an explanation arising out of the delays, Jack
implies that it doesn’t matter how long the work takes, what is important
is the effort which goes into it. At Masters Chandlery, Jan reveals to Ken
that she plans to travel to Chichester to discuss the recent developments
with Kate Harvey (her mother), and the pair ruminate on how she is
determined to avoid the struggle her mother endured to bring her up. They
discuss her need for money and his desire to utilise her undoubted
talents, and whilst she insists he will want someone to start right away,
Ken implies that he might be prepared to wait – for the right person.
Jolly Sailor, Tom and Avril discuss his first impressions of the Mermaid
Yard over lunch. They also discuss the fact that he does not want Jan
working for Ken Masters, and the close ties he enjoys with his family, and
the strain upon those ties placed after his decision to join the Mermaid
Yard. Avril discusses her past, the fact that her father married her
mother to secure the Mermaid Yard, and Jack’s commitment to the
construction of boats. Meanwhile, at home, Lynne puts a trophy secured
whilst manning the Flying Fish out of sight as she reconciles herself to
the fact that the vessel has gone for good. In Chichester, Jan arrives at
Kate Harvey’s home to find her mother gardening. She seek’s her mother’s
support in the stance she has taken against Tom’s decision (Kate having
heard of events transpiring in Tarrant from Leo at the Filling Station),
but when they venture on a relaxing walk in Goodwood, she finds that Kate
is mutually supportive of her daughter and of Tim’s decision to join the
Tarrant marina wharf and jetty, Lynne and Abby cross paths. Their pair
discuss her time at finishing school in Switzerland, and when Abby reveals
that one girl got herself pregnant after an illicit liaison with a man,
Lynne reflects on the “poor cow’s” situation. When Abby asks her opinion
on what advice she would give to the girl, Lynne becomes distracted by a
male crew preparing a yacht for launch and does not respond. She later
arrives at the Tarrant Yacht Club and meets sailing colleague Nick Holford.
She discusses crewing on a decent yacht with a view to victory, and when
Nick implies she may have to use her feminine wiles to secure a position
on the team, Lynne insists her sailing ability should be merit enough. At
Goodwood, Jan discussesd Ken Masters’ offer with her mother, who insists
that she should take the same risks that Tom has done in order to forge
out her own career path. Kate extends an offer to assist with the
housework and looking after Leo and Lynne should she wish to accept Ken’s
Mermaid Yard, under Avril’s guidance Tom puts pen to paper on the sale
papers for the Flying Fish. Avril reveals that the new owner will be
overseas for a short time and that he does not mind Tom making use of the
vessel in his absence, which pleases him considerably. When Tom spies the
label on the envelope to contain the sale paperwork and sees that James
Deverill apparently resides in Chichester, he makes a note of the address
details for future reference. When Avril reveals that she intends to send
the paperwork to a completely different district, Tom is initially
confused – but he suspects that Avril may in part be involved in the sale
herself. At the Jolly Sailor, Jack and Bill discuss the new partnership
deal over a pint, with the latter expressing his reservations that Tom
will not be a sleeping partner in the activities of the firm, despite
her meeting with her mother, Jan returns to Masters Chandlery and reveals
to Ken that she has changed her mind and wants to accept the job. Excited,
Ken invites her out to a drink to celebrate the deal and discuss their
future endeavours. When Tom returns home, he is surprised to learn not
only that Jan is out discussing business with Ken Masters, but Lynne has
also put away the silver cup she won on the Flying Fish. Ruminating on the
impact of his decision with Leo, their conversation is interrupted when
Lynne arrives and reveals she has secured a position working behind the
bar at Tarrant Yacht Club. Tom reacts angrily to his daughter’s decision,
but Lynne is (albeit tearfully) adamant that she will work there. As Leo
drives her by motorcycle to work, Tom receives a telephone call from Polly
Urquhart who is trying to locate her daughter Abby. Assuming she may have
been with Leo, she is concerned that she has received no word from her.
Meanwhile, a tearful and pensive Abby Urquhart takes a walk along the
Yacht Club, Leo and Lynne fall out over her material values and his
ecological concerns which extend beyond retaining the Flying Fish and
where his parents choose to work. As they make amends, Lynne proposes
moving out of home, but Leo convinces her that they need to stick together
as a family during this difficult time. As she starts work at the Club,
Leo intends to take a stroll along the sea. Meanwhile, acting on the
address details he secured at the Mermaid Yard, Tom decides to drive to
Chichester to investigate the whereabouts of the new owner of the Flying
Fish. Arriving at the address on the envelope, he is surprised when Mrs
Deverill answers the door and reveals that James, her husband, does not
sail and would not have purchased the vessel. In Tarrant, Leo witnesses
Abby throwing herself off the wharf and into the sea. As she sinks beneath
the surface, he rushes to her aid.
Kulvinder Ghir (Davey), Tim Faulkner (Nick Holford), Kathleen Byron (Mrs
Deverill) and John Challis (Morris).
“This yard is on it’s last legs and
witnessed Abby Urquhart plunging into the River Hamble, a frantic Leo
Howard rushes into the water after her, and despite her protestations he
forcibly drags her ashore. Abby claims she slipped, but Leo is far from
convinced with her explanation. Cold and shivering, he abandons his
inquisition and offers to take her to his home to dry off.
Jolly Sailor, Jack Rolfe reveals to Bill Sayers that he thinks he has made
a mistake allowing Tom Howard to enter into partnership with the Mermaid
Yard. Bill reveals that Tom is keen to investigate all aspects of the
business, much to their mutual frustration.
to the Howard family home, Leo does his best to accommodate Abby in his
bed to keep her warm and find some clothing for her.
Mermaid Yard, Tom reads through the financial paperwork as he discusses
the future of the business with Avril Rolfe. Whilst he is far from
encouraged by the reading matter, he is determined to turn its prospects
around. Avril reveals that Jack’s pursuit for the perfectly constructed
boat is his trade practice, which concerns Tom, as he believes it is the
path to commercial suicide. Tom raises the subject of the as yet
un-contracted German commission as a source of income, but soon turns the
conversation to the new owner of the Flying Fish; Avril is particularly
evasive and changes the topic of conversation.
day, Leo returns Abby to the Urquhart family home, and is rewarded with a
kiss on the cheek for his troubles. As he rides his motorbike home again,
Polly confronts Abby as she tries to quietly slip inside. She accuses
Polly of not liking her, let alone loving her, and demands to be left
alone. Polly accuses her of behaving like a trollop, and when Abby catches
sight of a man’s reflection in the mirror (her mother is clearly
entertaining a gentleman visitor), she claims that one in the family is
enough before storming upstairs.
arrives early for work the following morning and finds that Jack is
nowhere to be seen. Electing to survey the grounds of the Mermaid Yard
site, he considers a system for the disposal of the scrap metal which is
accumulated around the business. He briefly discusses the venture with
shipman Davy as he ruminates on how best to make his mark on the Yard. His
thoughts are interrupted by the arrival of Avril, and the pair consider
how best to exploit a potential gap in the market in order to ensure the
future profitability of the business.
Chandlery, Ken suggests to Jan that she should investigate the best
possible connections to stock the new leisurewear venture he has proposed
she manage. He sends her to Southampton to start work on the project, much
to Ken’s evident delight. At the Mermaid Yard, Tom continues his pursuit
of James Deverill, whom he is keen to discuss the purchase of the Flying
receives a visit from Leo, who appears troubled; Tom fails to notice this
fact as his attention is firmly focused on the scrap metal plans he has
considered for the Yard. Jack and Bill monitor his activities from afar,
and the former is troubled by his partner’s presence. Polly visits Jan at
Masters Chandlery to discuss the events of the night before, and asks Jan
is her son recounted any details of his evening with Abby. Polly confesses
she is unable to speak to her daughter, and asks Jan to speak to Leo about
her. Their meeting is interrupted by Ken’s arrival in the office, and when
she departs the pair discuss her trip to Southampton; Jan plans to visit
London as soon as possible to scope out the larger potential market. She
returns home later in the day for a family meal to discover that Lynne has
already eaten, Tom is in a bad mood and her mother has been forced to
prepare the entire meal herself. When he implies that is is nice to know
that someone still cares about the home, Jan reacts badly, considering the
statement unfair. She broaches the subject of Abby with Leo, who reveals
that he rescued her from the water after she apparently slipped. When Jan
informs Kate that she intends to visit London the following day to explore
stock options, the atmosphere becomes somewhat tense when Tom challenges
her as to whether or not this will become the pattern of things to come
from hereon in.
Yacht Club, Polly and Lynne discuss Abby’s problems as she indulges in
some mid-afternoon binge drinking. As she prepares to leave, Lynne hands
her a bag containing Abby’s clothing. When Lynne lets slips the
circumstances surrounding Abby’s getting drenched, Polly reads further
between the lines than is absolutely necessary.
lunch, Tom and Jan discuss their different career fortunes, and whilst Tom
presses Jan as to Ken Masters’ involvement in her new-found prosperity,
Jan counters with gentle enquiries concerning Avril’s background and
intentions. Tom finally breaks down and challenges Jan as to what has
happened to their relationship, and Jan believes that they have merely
naturally drifted apart. She claims that everything fell apart when he
decided to go his own way, and amidst their arguing, Leo storms from the
house having overhead their exchange.
Lynne a visit at the Tarrant Yacht Club, and the pair discuss their
parents problems with her friend, Nick. The following morning, Jack and
Bill convene a covert to discuss Tom’s activities at the Mermaid Yard:
both are displeased with how early he comes in of a morning, claiming that
he is monitoring their own work. Bill reveals that Davy has approached him
concerning a system for disposing of scrap metal, and when Jack asks what
put the idea into his head, Bill reveals that Tom had approached him
directly with the plan.
Mermaid Yard office, Jack demands that Tom approach either himself or Bill
should he require information on the workings on the Yard. Avril
aggressively acts as peacemaker, but the exchange ends badly as Jack
storms from the office. She implies that Tom should be more mindful of his
handling of enquiries around the Yard in future in order to work around
her father’s blind spots. Abby pays a visit to Leo at Tarrant Filling
Station, much to his surprise. She asks if they can go somewhere to talk.
Later that afternoon, Kate witnesses Jan being driven home by Ken Masters,
and she is somewhat concerned as to what is happening in her daughter’s
life of late. As she prepares dinner for the family, she tentatively
broaches the subject with Jan. When Kate reveals that Lynne has been
invited to the Norton’s Hog Roast, Tom arrives home and reveals the entire
family have been invited to the party, and after the sort of day he has
had, he reflects that he could do with a change of scene. Meanwhile, Leo
and Abby take a motorcycle ride to the outskirts of Tarrant to discuss her
Norton Estate, Phil Norton enjoys playing host to a wide cross section of
guests at his party. Jan introduces Kate to Phil Norton, Martin’s son, and
the pair compliment him on the success of the party. Kate expresses her
desire to talk to her daughter properly, and the two find a quiet spot in
which to do so, whilst Lynne enjoys a relaxing time by the pool. Leo
quietly allows Abby to do the talking, understanding that she has
something she clearly wishes to get off her chest. Gently prompting her,
their conversation turns to the problems they are experiencing with their
respective families. Abby reflects that she has spent a sum total of
seventeen hours with her father over the last two years, and she tearfully
ruminates on the fact that neither of her parents really wanted her in the
first place. She reveals that she is not even certain if her father is
really her biological father. Phil Norton directs his amorous attentions
towards Lynne at the party, whilst Tom meets with David Bridger to discuss
the national nautical market and whether or not he has been able to
identify a gap in the market for a fast-cruising ultra-light displacement
vessel. Dave is suitably impressed and believes that the forty-five-foot
prototype plans he has presented could be a winner. At the conclusion of
his meeting, he encounters Polly, who is bored, restless and borderline
drunk: she snaps at Tom about her husband, Gerald, his continued absence
and the difficulties she is experiencing with Abby, but Tom is far more
preoccupied with locating Jan at the party. Leo and Abby continue their
discussion, with the former patiently listening to the latter’s problems.
Abby reacts defensively to Leo’s offer of a trip to the Isle of Wight, and
when he explains he has no hidden agenda behind the offer, she seems
somewhat more relaxed. He asks if she has anything else she wishes to tell
him, and her reluctance to speak resurfaces.
party, Lynne asks Phil Norton if he requires any further crew for the
forthcoming Fast-Net race. Intrigued, Phil invites her for a bout of
sailing the following day in order to put her through her paces, however
his intentions towards her are naughty rather than nautical. Kate insists
to daughter Jan that she has a marriage worth fighting for, but she is far
from convinced. When Tom arrives on the scene, she is far from impressed
when she learns he has been discussing boats with Dave Bridger, and when
he leaves the party early, she hurries after him and offers him a brief
kiss – which he fails to reciprocate. Polly implies that it is the act of
a woman about to cut loose, and feeling very guilty about it, but Tom
ignores her remarks.
following morning, Phil and Lynne enjoy putting his yacht through its
paces as he tests her sailing acumen. He appears impressed with her
know-how, and is happy for her to steer the Mickey Mouse further out to
sea. At the Mermaid Yard, Jack interrupts a meeting with Avril and Tom to
reveal he has paid a visit to Southampton to investigate Tom’s proposed
scrap metal salvage suggestion. Tom issues a more important proposal,
suggesting that the Yard should build the fast-cruising ultra-lite
displacement boat with the Yard taking a royalty on all sales executed
from a manufacturing franchise. Jack is not interested in assembly-line
vessels, preferring custom-built craft, and when Tom implies he has
identified the hole in the market to exploit, Jack angrily rejects
building anything like it at the Yard. He insists that the Yard only
builds timber boats, and the meeting soon degenerates into an argument
over the future survival of the business. When he seeks Avril’s support to
veto Tom’s proposals, he is stunned when she sides with Tom. Throwing
Tom’s plans across his office, he storms from the meeting insisting he
will see the Yard burn in hell before he has anything to do with the
construction of such a vessel.
Kulvinder Ghir (Davy), Anthony Head (Phil Norton), Tony Caunter (Dave
Bridger), Tim Faulkner (Nick), William Ilkley (Les) and Dean McMillan
storming from the Mermaid Yard site office, Jack Rolfe bears a face like
thunder. Avril hurries after him, pleading with her father to listen to
reason and allow her to explain her decision to side with Tom for the
profitability of the Yard. She insists that Tom’s priorities are the same
as his, and when Jack accuses her of being got at by Tom, she angrily
refutes the claim. The debate becomes personal when he claims she failed
to show judgement in handling her personal life, and that her professional
life is equally a shambles. When Tom tries to discuss the situation with
Avril, she ignores him and returns to the office. Meanwhile, Bill Sayers
and Davy, having watched the situation play out in the site yard, ruminate
on the potential implications. Having visited the competing outlets in the
area, Jan crosses paths with Ken and girlfriend Dawn, whom he is taking
out to lunch. Dawn wonders why Jan looks at her in a particular light, for
which Ken is unable to proffer an opinion. Later that day, he discusses
her recce in the south of England, and Jan believes that focusing on the
specialist market, as opposed to delivering a supermarket-style of
leisurewear, will target the discerning clients rather than the average
shopper. Ken asks Jan out to dinner to discuss the situation at greater
length, and sugar-coats the deal by offering her a single red rose.
the Tarrant Filling Station, Leo Howard is almost run off the road by Jack
Rolfe, who drunkenly veers across the road in his vehicle en route from
one drinking establishment to another.
Mermaid Yard, Tom and Avril make their peace between one another and
consider the best way forward, preferably in cooperation with Jack. Avril
insists that when he casts an eye over the design plans, Tom’s expertise
will win him around. Tom offers Avril help to locate Jack, whom she fears
has gone on a drunken spree after being ousted from his own boatyard, but
Avril declines his assistance. Tom returns home to find Kate preparing
dinner, and the pair discuss Jan’s feelings towards his partnership in the
boatyard and her own business pursuits. Whilst Kate believes it will offer
precisely the challenge she requires, Tom is uncertain, and when she
reveals that Jan intends to dine with Ken this evening, he is even more
so. Polly challenges Abby to discuss their relationship difficulties, but
she fails to strike the right chord when she insists that all she wants is
for her daughter to lead a normal life; Abby recounts “Like yours?” and
storms from the house.
discusses his problems at the Mermaid Yard and having acquired Avril’s
support against Jack with Jan, but the conversation soon turns to her
dinner with Ken. Tom implies he does not like medallion men with designs
on his wife, but Jan claims she could think precisely the same of Avril
Rolfe’s attentions towards her husband.
his best tuxedo, Ken Masters prepares for his evening his Jan Howard, a
woman of class and standing in the gin and tonic set he intends to
exploit. When Dawn presses him as to his intentions towards her, he claims
she is becoming a bore and that he is only interested in her for business.
When she asks what she will do all evening, Ken suggests that she watches
some blue movies he purchased for her. When she suggests that they are not
as much fun to watch on one’s own, Ken implies they might get her in the
mood for later.
evening, Abby pays a surprise visit to the Mermaid Yard in search of Leo,
but meets Davy, who suggests that she tries his home or the Tarrant Yacht
Club. Meanwhile, Leo and Lynne arrive at the Public House with the latter
asking Leo not to queer her pitch when it comes to securing a position in
Phil Norton’s Fast-Net crew.
at the Howard household, Abby meets Tom Howard for the first time, and the
pair briefly touch upon her recent “accident”. He suggests she pay a visit
to the Yacht Club, and then returns to his conversation with Kate Harvey
concerning his fortunes at the boat yard. Tom invites her to come and
assess the enterprise for himself. Phil Norton turns his charm offensive
against Lynne at the Yacht Club, despite Leo and Nick’s reservations.
Their discussion is interrupted by the arrival of Avril, whom Leo rushes
to meet. She asks him if he has seen her father, and expresses her
concerns arising from recent events.
Kate on a grand tour of the Mermaid Yard and its associated moorings, and
explains in greater detail his design plans for ther future. Avril and Leo
discuss the reasons for her return to Tarrant over a drink, and when she
intends to leave to locate her father, Leo offers her a lift on his
motorbike. When Abby arrives at the Yacht Club, she witnesses Leo leaving
with Avril and assumes that the pair are romantically linked. Having
visited the Mermaid Yard and Jack’s home, Avril is concerned that she has
been unable to locate her father, who is at the time staggering from a
nearby Public House towards his car, singing extracts from I Just
Called To Say I Love You. He speeds off behind the wheel of his
vehicle, driving erratically from the car park.
dinner, Jan proposes to Ken that they concentrate specifically on stylish,
fashion-conscious clothing as a primarily line. She suggests concentrating
on designer clothing for people who spend half their lives in Yacht Clubs,
and the other half sitting around wearing luxurious clothing. Ken implies
the business could be called Masters Boutique For Mistresses, but Jan
waves aside his glib tongue and insists that she knows a great deal about
fashion. Ken ridicules her suggestion, claiming that reading a copy of
Vogue in the hairdressers hardly makes her an expert, but she insists she
has the acumen to make it succeed.
home to Chichester, Kate finds Jack wandering the streets at night after
he has run his car off the road into a ditch. Although she is unaware of
his identity, she offers him a lift to the nearest telephone box to make a
call. He directs a cringe-worthy charm offensive to persuade her to offer
him a lift, and although she is far from impressed, she does so.
home, Avril invites a delighted Leo in for a night cap. Jan continues to
persuade Ken about the profitability and potential success of her plans,
and the conversation turns to her background and the lucrative and
influential contacts she could exploit. Ken reveals that if the venture
succeeded, she would be on her own running a chain of boutiques, and her
determination impresses him. On condition of permitting him the pleasure
of the next dance, he reveals he will happily support her. The pair engage
in a tango, much to Jan’s amusement.
coffee, Avril offers Leo the opportunity to earn some money redecorating
her cottage, and when she turns the conversation to his future
aspirations, he expresses his desire to pursue a conservationist career,
or perhaps a design-based profession like his father. The mention of Tom
rouses Avril’s thoughts towards Jack, and she telephones the local
hospital. At Kate’s cottage, the woman in question offers Jack the chance
to sleep off his drunken bender on her sofa. Kate discusses the recent
death of her husband, and Jack reveals that he lost his wife only recently
himself. They discuss their daughters, and whilst Jack claims his daughter
is two-faced and does not appreciate the help he has offered her over the
years, Kate wisely advises that children do not always understand the
efforts parents go to on their behalf. Avril recounts to Leo the
circumstances of her return to Tarrant, and the breakdown of her recent
relationship with a man who returned from an overseas business trip in the
company of a wife, and that only Jack could help her pick up the pieces.
disconsolately returns home to find Polly once again waiting to challenge
her over her appearance, attitudes and the opinions of the locals. In the
middle of a fierce exchange, Polly inadvertently lets slip that the last
thing she ever wanted was to be lumbered with her as a daughter.
Tearfully, Abby ascends the stairs to her room. Nick escorts Lynne home
from the Tarrant Yacht Club, and when he invites her to a discothèque in
Southampton, he construes the offer as something more than it is. When he
becomes far too amorous on the doorstep to the family home, Lynne rejects
his advances and claims not to be interested in him. When he implies that
if he had a yacht like Phil Norton she would be interested in him, she is
hurt by the claim, and he storms away saying she is more interested in
boats than people. Hurrying inside, she seeks comfort in Tom’s arms as she
reveals that Nick has given her a bit of hassle. She indicates she can
handle what he did, but not what he said, and despite Tom’s consolation,
she reveals that she does not believe she could ever love a man as much as
she did the Flying Fish. Tom suggests that they undertake a night-time
sail, which thoroughly excites her. Revealing the owner has afforded him
permission to sail on the vessel, the pair hurriedly set about preparing
for the jaunt.
Urquharts, Polly endeavours to make her peace with daughter Abby after
making such an indiscreet revelation. When Polly implies she has never
wanted for anything, Abby insists that she has been left wanting for any
comfort or love in her life. Concentrating more on her appearance to
outsiders than what really matters to her daughter, Polly leaves their
meeting without having resolved their differences. Staring into her vanity
mirror, Abby resolves to make a decision which will change all their
lives. Jack Rolfe continues to espouse the virtues of having an ungrateful
daughter, and his ability to engender sympathy from anyone else for his
recent difficulties, and the conversation with Kate soon turns to his
problems at the workplace. When Kate sides with him, suggesting that Jack
should have his business partner’s guts for garters, he is pleased to have
found an ally. She helps him prepare his bedding on the sofa as they
continue their discussion. Avril offers Leo a brief kiss on the cheek in
gratitude for his having been a good listener, and whilst it was delivered
in all innocence, Leo construes a greater meaning to the act.
Lynne enjoy a moonlight sail on the Flying Fish as Lynne considers when
the owner will return to collect the vessel – she hopes he never does. Leo
returns home as Ken Masters delivers his mother Jan to the front door, and
the pair happily discuss their respective evenings.
made up her mind, Abby retrieves a large back-pack from a cupboard and
starts packing her belongings.
returns home to find Dawn has been watching the blue movies he purchased
for her, having been heavily drinking for the past five hours. She accuses
him of having more than a meal with Jan, and when Ken implies that if he
wanted to lay Jan Howard, he’d find more than the back of a car to do it
in, Dawn snaps that he reserves that purely for her. Ken, bored of her
company and keen on pursuing Jan, ends their relationship and insists that
she leave his flat or their financial arrangement will come to an abrupt
clad in new lingerie, Jan entices Tom into bed as the pair reunite after
their frosty relations of late.
struggles to make his sofa bed, Kate discusses her relationship with her
late husband and the importance of family. When he reveals that he married
his wife for entirely the wrong reasons, Kate ruminates on her time with
Alec as being a rewarding one. She also reveals she holds great store in
her son-in-law’s views, and Jack reveals that it is precisely what he
needs – a reliable son-in-law to come into his business.
made love, Jan senses that Tom believes that Ken was responsible for
turning her on, not him, despite her claims that it was her sense of
achievement and not the company of the swarthy businessman.
insists that Jack telephone his daughter to reveal where he is this
evening, and when he refuses she demands to know the telephone number.
Jack reveals he does not know the number, but that she lives in Tarrant.
When she presses him as to his identity, she is surprise to learn he is
Jack Rolfe, proprietor of the Mermaid Yard for over thirty-five years. She
suddenly realises that her advice could be counter-productive for Tom
a troubled and tearful Abby leaves home in the middle of the night.
With Kulvinder Ghir (Davy), Sally Farmiloe
(Dawn), Anthony Head (Phil Norton) and Tim Faulkner (Nick).
hitches a lift from a lorry driver heading for Southampton.
horns with Jack Rolfe. Ken breaks up with his girlfriend, Dawn, admitting
that he now wishes to pursue a relationship with Jan.
out on the Mickey Mouse for a day’s sailing with Phil Norton, during which
he makes an unwanted advance towards her. When she rebuffs his amorous
attentions, he turns particularly nasty, branding her a “professional
visits Social Services in Southampton, seeking their assistance in finding
her accommodation and paid employment.
provides an estimate (in Jack’s absence) for repairs to be undertaken on a
boat at the Mermaid Yard which falls three-hundred pounds short of the
required fee, Jack hits the roof. As the repairs are to be executed on a
rare vessel, the proposed fee will result in the Yard having to bear the
meets with Ken to further discuss the plans for the marina. Frere wants to
purchase Ken’s property holdings outright, but the latter is far from
dissuaded to retain his stake in the development.
a bid to bolster his relationship with Jan, he investigates the identity
of the buyer of the Flying Fish, through which he discovers that Avril
Rolfe made the purchase through an intermediary. Having learnt of these
facts, he cannot resist muddying the waters between Tom and Jan by
updating the latter.
preoccupied with finalising the designs for the new boat, is distracted
when he receives a note with the cryptic message “Did you know your wife
is sleeping with Ken Masters?”, arousing suspicions concerning his wife’s
suggests to Polly that she should find some paid employment in order to
stave off boredom. Leo plans a trip to Southampton to fetch paint samples
for the redecoration work he has agreed to undertake at Avril’s thatched
evening, Jan challenges Tom about Avril’s purchasing of the Flying Fish,
and demands to know why he didn’t tell the family of her plans. Tom is
lost for words.
With Sally Farmiloe (Dawn), Anthony Head
(Phil Norton), Vincent Brimble (Police Constable Exton), Kulvinder Ghir
(Davy), Ann Queensberry (Miss Havelock), John Henry Hughes (The Lorry
Driver) and Charles Hunter (Charlie Summerbell).
Avril for a moment of uninterrupted time with her. They make arrangements
for a dinner. Avril later admits to ownership of the Flying Fish, and Tom
reacts badly. Avril reveals she wanted it kept secret from Jack, as she
wanted Tom to invest in the Mermaid Yard and help her father. Reluctantly,
she is later forced to admit to her father that she made secret
arrangements to bail Tom out of his financial quandary prior to becoming a
partner in the Yard.
Jan attend the opening of a local art gallery at which they meet Charles
Frere, the former of which shares a past with him. Polly suggests Jan
should ask for a share in the boutique. She later reveals that Abby is not
Gerald’s daughter, and that they got married for convenience: she wanted a
husband, and he needed a wife to disguise his sexual persuasion.
the drag rate on the new keel he has designed.
discovers that Abby is now living in Southampton, and is determined to
find her as soon as possible.
contacts Jan, irate and telling her that Ken wants a relationship with her
– at their expense of their own.
when she confronts Ken, he plants the seed in her mind about Tom’s
lucrative German re-fit contract upon which Jack Rolfe had based his hopes
for the Mermaid Yard’s future is snapped up by Charles Frere at the last
minute. His presence in Tarrant has unsettled Avril, with whom he was in a
relationship which broke down when he left for New York without a work to
her and returned to the United Kingdom with a wife in tow.
found a location for the Periplus Marine Boutique and she busily prepares
for the opening of her first store.
joins an all-woman team in preparation for the forthcoming Fastnet race.
pays a visit to Avril, and in an attempt to mend fences he offers her a
job to secure the marina contract. When she refuses, he leaves – but not
before offering her his contact number in case she changes her mind.
arrives later in the day, he comforts a tearful Avril (distressed at
meeting up with the man who broke her heart a year earlier), and they
exchange a kiss.
With Kulvinder Ghir (Davy), Anthony Head
(Phil Norton), Ruth Gower (Lydia), Philip Gilbert (Derek Fielding), John
Lester (The Art Dealer), William Ilkley (Les), Sarah Nash (The Landlady)
and Xenia Rowe (The Girl).
telling you, Jan, if there was ever a time in my life when I needed your
support – it’s now. I don’t think I could ever forgive you if you let me
Masters meets with Charles Frere to discuss his interest in the former’s
property holdings. It is agreed that Charles would operate the proposed
marina, whilst Ken would be responsible for its construction on his land.
telephones the Yard and claims to be sick, but in actuality he plans to
visit the bank manager to seek further financial assistance now that the
company has lost the German re-fit contract to Frere Holdings. The Yard’s
outstanding loan needs to be repaid, and he is running out of time. The
bank manager threatens to foreclose on the balance unless a solution can
be found in the near future.
tells Tom she wants to keep their relationship on as “strictly business”
pays another visit to Avril, revealing he knows that Jack has approached
the First National Bank for finance. He is keen to purchase the Mermaid
Yard to further his proposed marina development.
solace from Kate after Avril has once again sided with Tom over his plans
for the Yard.
Rosen’s Fashions at Oxford House to increase the Periplus range of stock.
She is keen to procure up-market and exclusive garments, despite the
relative expense. She purchases four dresses after exhibiting her business
acumen in negotiating terms for an exclusive contract. Buoyed by her
success, she plans to investigate further contracts at fashion houses in
and Gerald discuss the marina development: if Ken Masters will not
cooperate, they have a second, more underhand method in mind.
bank forecloses on the loan, Tom, Avril and Jack and forced to rethink
their approach. Tom and Jack pay another visit to the bank manager; Tom
reveals the new boat design is yet to be tank-tested, but they are ready
to start construction on the prototype. With the bank’s assistance, such a
venture is a guaranteed source of capital. The bank wants the Mermaid Yard
to provide twenty-percent of the collateral for the project if their
association is to continue.
Jan to sign over the house as security for the venture, but she refuses.
crews on the Icebreaker, despite the fact that she has clashed with her
mother with regard to her participation in the Fastnet race.
to provide Jan with financial assistance, with which she can buy out Tom’s
half of the house and thereby finance his plans for the Mermaid Yard.
down Abby working at a school in Southampton. Despite his excitement at
having located her, Abby is far from pleased to see him. She later reveals
that she left home because she is pregnant, but plans to have an abortion.
with thirty-five-percent of a stake in the Mermaid Yard, and Tom, with a
further twenty-five-percent, out-vote Jack in motions carried in favour of
proceeding with construction work on the prototype.
With Alan Downer (Laurie Meadows),
Kulvinder Ghir (Davy), Wanda Moore (Jo Penhaligon) and Harry Landis
Charles Frere returns from Geneva to
inspect a property he wishes to purchase – an expansive mansion and
Later, he discusses a planned cocktail
party with Gerald, at which he intends to wine, dine and cultivate
prospective “targets” for the proposed marina development.
Lynne sets off for the Isle of Wight in
preparation for the Fastnet race, and upon arrival she is met with further
taunts from Phil Norton.
While Tom approaches Jan again in a bid
to raise more money, Gerald contacts Ken Masters to invite him to the
cocktail party at Charles’ express wishes.
Tom and Jan agree on a financial
arrangement which will suit both parties, but in so doing they appreciate
that they are slowly going their separate ways.
Leo tries to dissuade Abby from arranging
for an abortion.
Richard Shellet arrives in Tarrant and,
having taken a room at a local hotel, he later witnesses Jack Rolfe being
refused a drink at The Jolly Sailor.
When Kate pays him a visit at his home a
few hours later, she finds him in an unconscious drunken stupor. She gains
him admission to a rehabilitation clinic, at which he is diagnosed with
acute alcohol poisoning.
Meanwhile, the Mermaid Yard successfully
secure the loan.
In his hotel room, Shellet burns a
photograph of the Yard.
Later, he pats a furtive visit to the
Yard as he inspects the business which could soon be his.
Jan visits Sonia Fielding, a design
colleague in London, where she sees an impressive collection assembled by
fashion photographer Claude Dupont. She arranges a meeting with him at the
end of the fashion show at which they are being displayed. Over dinner,
she expresses her desire to use him to further her cause at Periplus.
Abby is informed that she must speak to a
social worker before her request for an abortion will be granted.
During the Fastnet race, Lynne becomes
the heroine of the hour when she takes the helm after a crewman falls
overboard. As they head for Plymouth, victory is within their grasp.
While Tom takes Avril out to dinner
(albeit on the Flying Fish), Ken Masters meets Sir John Stevens at Charles
Frere’s party, and he is particularly keen to cultivate their
During the evening, Polly expresses her
desire to undertake paid employment.
Charles instructs Gerald to ensure that Sir John and Ken keep their
distance as much as possible.
With Anthony Head (Phil Norton), Oscar
Quitak (Richard Shellet), Kulvinder Ghir (Davy), Caroline Hayman (Sonia
Fielding), Renu Setna (Doctor Malik), Patrick Carter (Arthur Blackmore),
Wanda Moore (Jo Penhaligon), Denise Ryan (Denise), Shelley Pielou (Sally),
Tricia Ronane (The Model) and Lee Ann Harbar (The Girl In The Playground).
“We were all happy until he bought into
that yard! Now he’s ruined it and I’ll never forgive him. I only hope he
gets hurt someday the same way he’s hurt me …”.
Avril and Tom have spent the night
together, but their happiness is suddenly shattered when a nearby boat
belonging to the Hendersons explodes north of Tarrant, and Tom rushes to
help the skipper who was trapped on board when it was engulfed in flames.
The destruction of the boat, which had
recently been serviced by the Mermaid Yard, eventually leads to charges of
criminal negligence being levelled against the firm.
Overjoyed at having won the Fastnet race,
Lynne telephones home to share the news. Speaking to Leo, the pair are
surprised to find that Tom didn’t come home the previous evening.
Later, when Leo pays a visit to Avril’s
cottage (to start the redecoration he agreed to undertake on her behalf),
he discovers that she too has been out all evening.
Shellet meets with Forsythe, a solicitor
who will assist him in his claim of ownership against the Mermaid Yard.
Michael Anderson, a journalist, starts to
investigate the story of Tom rescuing Mr Henderson from his burning boat,
and later he lets slip to Ken Masters that the boat-builder was seen in
the company of Avril Rolfe.
Jan and Polly meet in London.
When Anderson arrives at Avril’s home to
interview her, he reveals to Leo that his father spent the night with her
rather than his wife.
Later, when Ken collects Jan from Tarrant
Station, he cannot resist filling her in on the local gossip. She cannot
believe she has been deceived.
Later, when she returns home, she
challenges Tom with the facts, and he confesses his infidelity to her. Jan
angrily reacts that “Our marriage isn’t off-course, it’s bloody well
Leo, having completed the redecoration,
confronts Avril about her involvement with his father.
Tom later pays a visit and the pair
ruminate over the impact of their relationship on their loved ones.
Distressed, Jan reveals to Ken (who has
returned in buoyant mood from his meeting with Charles Frere to discuss
the marina development) that she has now separated from Tom.
Claude Dupont later invites her to Cannes
to cultivate some useful design and export contacts.
Jack receives a letter from Forsythe and
Foster, Shellet’s legal representatives, revealing that he is contesting
ownership of the Mermaid Yard. Jack is shocked, as he had believed Shellet
to be dead for some twenty-five years.
Lynne receives flowers from Frere, who
invites her to dinner.
Shellet pays a visit to Frere on his yacht to discuss his impending court
case. The businessman is manipulating him in a bold strike against the one
challenge to his marina development.
With Oscar Quitak (Richard Shellet),
Christine Kavanagh (Louise Silverton), James Richardson (Michael
Anderson), David Adams (David Forsythe), Vincent Brimble (Police Constable
Exton), Maria Eldridge (Samantha) and Lee Ann Harbar (Tina).
sought legal counsel over Shellet’s challenge against the Mermaid Yard.
visits Gerald, having been sent to him by Charles Frere to obtain
“expenses” money, amounting to five-thousand pounds, as an advance on the
promised two-hundred-and-fifty-thousand pounds if Frere’s case is
successful in a court of law. He shares tea with Gerald and Polly, though
time spent in his company is clearly uncomfortable for the pair.
learns that Tom is building a wooden frame boat to appease Jack in the
process of building the prototype.
meets with Ken Masters to discuss the final details of their negotiations.
Ken reveals he has taken out a lease on a new boatyard further along from
the proposed marina development, much to Gerald’s concern.
and Lynne enjoy a dinner on his yacht, and during the dinner he learns
that Tom and Avril are involved. They spend the night together.
telephones all the local hotels in a fruitless search for Shellet.
home with Leo under the cover of darkness to fetch the remainder of her
belongings. In so doing, she reveals she has decided to keep the baby.
off for Cannes, and is later surprised when Claude Dupont offers to enter
into a partnership with her.
in his notice to Ken, who then travels to Cannes to surprise Jan. Rather
than allowing her to concentrate on her work, he views the trip as a
chance to further their relationship. After dinner and champagne, he makes
a bid to seduce her, and they spend the night together.
Kate and Lynne discuss the latest developments in the Howard household
whilst Tom and Avril enjoy a meal together.
meets Ken and Jan the following morning, and outlines her extensive
meeting schedule whilst in France. Ken leaves the future direction of
their relationship in Jan’s hands, though her business commitments
somewhat overshadow their budding union.
with Lynne to discuss the separation.
meets Viscount Lord Cunningham to discuss the marina development.
heavily invested in the fortunes of a racehorse, Aztec Boy, which may
prove to be her undoing unless it produces profitable returns.
intercepts a letter from Orrin Ubank Hudson to Abby, the contents of which
reveal that his family is extremely wealthy. She is determined to reunite
her daughter with Orrin if it will further her advancement to ever-higher
learns from Jack’s legal representative that Shellet has hired to best QC
in the business – confirming the fact that he expects to win the
forthcoming court case. Jack’s counsel also reveals that, should Shellet
win the case, he is capable to obtaining Jack’s house, the Mermaid Yard,
Tom Howard’s money and all design plans and commercial revenue arising
from the prototype yacht.
With Oscar Quitak (Richard Shellet), Roy
Herrick (Peter Weller), Hubert Rees (Stephen Bittens), Sam Davies (Brian),
Kulvinder Ghir (Davy), Ruth Gower (Lydia) and Maria Eldridge (Samantha).
Frere takes an early-morning jog around the shoreline of Tarrant following
his night with Lynne Howard, who awakes on board his luxury cruiser to
breakfast being served by the on-board staff. At the Mermaid Yard, Bill
Sayers expresses his concerns at staffing levels in the absence of Tom
Howard and Avril Rolfe, but Jack Rolfe is more preoccupied with the
paperwork arising from Richard Shellet’s legal challenge against the firm.
When Bill leaves the site office, Jack telephones an old colleague to
arrange an urgent meeting to discuss the situation. Completing his
early-morning exercise, Frere returns to his cruiser and breakfast with
Lynne, who reveals she has agreed to assist her mother with the opening of
the Periplus boutique.
Periplus, Jan Howard and Ken Masters toast their new business venture
with a glass of champagne as they prepare to open for business. At the
hotel, Richard Shellet wiles away the time reading the newspaper but is
surprised by the unexpected arrival of Gerald Urquhart. He issues Shellet
with expenses ahead of the court case, and Shellet enquires as to Frere’s
intentions for the Mermaid Yard should the deal go through successfully;
Gerald is reluctant to impart such information at this stage. Shellet
implies he intends using the money on escorts, and Gerald warns him to be
cautious until the trial takes place. Tom and Avril arrive at Napier
Maritime PLC (otherwise known as Relton Marine) as they cultivate
manufacturing support for the prototype design which Tom has perfected.
Davey pays a visit to Leo Howard in Southampton, and over coffee Leo
reveals he is due to attend an interview in Cowes in a bid to secure
gainful employment so as to support Abby Urquhart, who is also residing
Urquhart pays Jan a visit at the new Periplus boutique, and whilst
the former admires a great number of the dresses on display, she mildly
offends the latter by suggesting that both she and Ken Masters are in a
relationship together, and that Tom Howard is now a thing of the past. She
presses Jan for details about her trip to the South of France, but Jan is
adamant that she will not discuss the matter. Frere and Ken Masters meet
at the development site of the marina project the former has proposed in
Tarrant, and the latter implies that only a twenty percent stake in the
venture, with an option for a further fifteen percent, will successfully
secure his land for inclusion in the development. When Frere raises the
issue of whether or not Ken can cultivate the necessary financial support
to buy into the development, Ken assures him there will be no problems
whatsoever, and the pair seal the deal with a gentleman’s agreement. At
the Mermaid Yard, Jack discusses the Shellet legal challenge with his
retired police colleague. He asks for the man’s help in securing evidence
against Shellet ahead of any court proceedings, and he manages to persuade
him to do his best.
Relton Marine board meeting, Tom Howard and Avril Rolfe meet David Lloyd,
Colin Linsdale and other Relton notaries ahead of Tom formally launches
his Barracuda proposal to the assembled board-members (in both
conceptual and design details). Abby and Leo take a trip on the
Isle of Wight ferry as they discuss where their futures lie. They also
consider what they will do after the baby is born, and whilst Abby
ventures the opinion that Leo could take over her job at social services,
Leo is far from impressed. Eventually the subject turns around to their
developing relationship, and whether or not Leo will become the father
figure to the unborn child. At Periplus, the opening has been a
modest success. Whilst Ken is pleased with the takings, Jan is somewhat
more preoccupied with Lynne’s prolonged absence. Ken reveals he has
crossed paths with Polly Urquhart earlier in the day, and was pressed for
an explanation of their time in
together, and Jan confronts him as to whether or not he furnished her with
any details. When he assures her Polly is none the wiser, he makes an
affectionate move towards her and Jan insists that she needs time apart
from Ken whilst she considers her next move.
it appears as though Tom Howard’s presentation has impressed the Relton
Marine board, but David Lloyd expresses serious concerns about some of the
finer detail in the Mermaid Yard’s proposal. Avril highlights the export
potential for the Barracuda, and when the Chairman of the Board reveals
how impressed he is with the presentation and prospectus, he asks Avril
who produced the report, and she happily admits that it was entirely her
own work. Whilst the majority of the board members appear satisfied with
the proposal, David Lloyd continues to query the figures (particularly the
cost to revenue return) but Avril remains unswayed. She has all the right
facts and figures at her fingertips, and her own business acumen proves
most enlightening, particularly for the Chairman.
takes Lynne on a tour of the new home he has purchased on the outskirts of
Tarrant as the pair’s relationship flourishes. They later discuss his past
and his relationship with his father, Sir Edward, whilst they enjoy a
horse ride in the countryside. After the Relton board meeting, Tom
congratulates Avril on an impressive display for the board members.
Returning to the site office, her buoyant mood is soon dampened when she
finds her father Jack crouched in his office tearing through boxes of
paperwork in search of documentation. Articles of incorporation and the
draft minutes catch his eye, and whilst this appears to confuse Avril,
Jack is concerned that they are highly significant with regard to
Shellet’s challenge against the Mermaid Yard. In Southampton, Leo returns
Abby to her flat before setting off for his interview in Cowes. As he
speeds away on his motorbike, Abby unlocks the door to her flat, unaware
that she is being watched by a private detective hired by her mother
Polly receives a telephone call from the detective and she eagerly writes
down the address details upon receiving word from him. At the Howard
family home, Jan cross examines Lynne as she prepares for another dinner
engagement with Charles Frere. Jan insists that he is not the right man
for her, and that he only cares for himself, but Lynne remains unswayed.
She is clearly smitten with the businessman, but Jan believes she is being
naïve. At the Jolly Sailor, Tom and Leo discuss recent events over a pint;
Tom’s offer of financial and emotional support does nothing other than rub
his son up the wrong way, and when he tries to broach the subject of his
separation from Jan, Leo does not want to listen to his point of view. At
the Mermaid Yard, Avril is shocked and angered by news that Richard
Shellet could take the Yard from Jack under the provisions of her
grandfather’s Last Will and Testament. Jack confirms that Tom’s shares in
the Yard would be declared invalid if the legal challenge is successful,
and ruminates on his late wife Eileen’s vow that he would ultimately pay
the price for marrying her to seize control of the firm.
sorry for himself, Jack pours out his memories of his wife’s final days.
Lynne is unimpressed when Frere stands her up on their dinner engagement,
and Jan insists that she needs to take a reality check before their
relationship moves too far forward. She implies that her daughter is
vulnerable, despite her protestations, to being hurt by Frere, and she
claims that he doesn’t strike her as a man seeking a relationship – just a
decoration on his arm; Lynne implies that if that is true, he is just like
Ken Masters. Tom and Leo discuss the fact that Jan has been seeing more of
Ken Masters of late, and the latter asks whether or not there is the
remotest chance of a reconciliation between the pair. At the Howard family
home, Ken Masters launches his seductive charms against Jan with dimmed
lighting, soulful music and Cognac. When he presses his luck, Jan reveals
that Lynne has been stood up and she would rather comfort her daughter
than enjoy the comforts of Ken Masters.
his hotel, Shellet enjoys the company of an escort but elects to drink
himself silly as opposed to sleeping with her. He is bitter about being
kept a prisoner in his room so as not to be seen, and he continues to
drink heavily. When the escort finds a photograph of his late sister
Eileen, he angrily snatches it from her and ruminates over the fact that
they were once close, and then she died. He reveals his past professional
and personal life in New Guinea and Sydney, Australia, and the fact that
his life has gone from one bad turn to another since he left Tarrant to
avoid the unnatural passion he had for his sister. He angrily snarls at
the escort and insists that he has paid for her services until 10:00pm,
but when he breaks down and cries whilst clutching the photograph of his
late sister she makes a discrete exit. The following morning, Polly
Urquhart intercepts a letter to Abby from Orrin Hudson which she greedily
devours whilst bidding Gerald farewell on his way to work. Gerald insists
that she should not read the letter, and when he leaves Polly considers
forwarding the letter on to her daughter – personally.
challenges Frere about his having stood her up the previous evening,
Charles exudes all the charm at his command to convince her that pressing
business affairs put paid to their engagement. Smitten, she instantly
forgives his behaviour and Charles suggests that he intends to take her
somewhere very special to make up for it. He informs her that he will
contact her that evening to make arrangements for their date, and leaves
ahead of another business meeting. At the Mermaid Yard, Avril, Jack and
Tom discuss the repercussions of the Shellet challenge; Tom suddenly
appreciates the gravity of the situation.
Urquhart arrives in
and she cannot reconcile herself to the fact that her daughter chooses to
live in such relative squalor. As she mounts the stairs towards Abby’s
flat, Leo and Abby are making their way down them as they discuss her
pregnancy. They are shocked when they meet Polly on the landing, but no
more so than Polly when she catches sight of her daughter’s side profile
and discovers that Abby is heavily pregnant. When Abby tries to slip past
her mother and avoid the confrontation, she engages in a struggle at the
top of the stairs when Polly insists that she answer her questions. In the
ensuing exchange, Abby loses her footing and tumbles down the stairs. As
Polly stands rigid at the top of the stairs in a state of shock, Leo
arrives at her side and the pair look down upon the crumpled, unconscious
form of Abby Urquhart …
Quitak (Richard Shellet), Bruce Bould (David Lloyd), John Rolfe (James
Sinclair), Kulvinder Ghir (Davey), Peter Penry-Jones (Colin Linsdale) and Andrew Hilton
Abby has gone into premature labour at
her Southampton flat.
Relton Marine are expressing interest in
the prototype yacht, and Tom, Jack and Avril later meet with them to
discuss its commercial potential. After an uncertain start, Jack manages
to win over the representatives. However, when the express their concern
over the Yard’s impending legal case (which could potentially dispute the
ownership of the prototype), they are concerned over the entire franchise.
Tom plans to meet Jan to discuss the
separation, following the successful opening of the Periplus boutique.
They also discuss the Lynne situation; she does not go to work regularly
anymore, and her enthusiasm for sailing has waned. She is worried about
her, and believes that Charles Frere could be the source of the problem.
She asks Tom to speak to her.
Having purchased his home in Tarrant at
long last, Charles awaits the imminent arrival of Ms Gardiner – his
American wife. Lynne learns that Polly and Charles had “quite a thing” in
their time at university.
Ken reacts badly when he learns that Jan
and Tom have had lunch together, but is pleased when he learns she has
asked him for a divorce.
The contracts for the marina and leisure
centre development have been prepared, but Frere wants them withheld from
Ken for a few days. He also cancels yet another date with Lynne as he
prepares to entertain his wife.
Abby gives birth to a boy, William, but
she is kept under observation following her fall. At her bedside, Polly
pleads for her daughter to return home, but Abby says she never wants to
see her again.
Jack indicates he can have the prototype
ready for the mould in six weeks.
Tom reveals to Avril that Jan has asked
for a divorce, and there is no longer an impediment standing in the way of
their future together.
Ken meets with Sir John Stevens to
discuss his attempts to raise capital for investment in the proposed
marina development. Stevens provisionally approves Ken’s proposal.
Visiting Abby in hospital, Leo passes on
a letter from Orrin which he found at her flat, the contents of which
reveal he has been trying (in vain) to contact her for some time. She
realises that her mother has intervened in the proceedings and kept from
her the fact that he has been writing to her.
Charles learns of Ken’s proposal and his
quest for three-hundred-thousand pounds. He asks Sir John Stevens to delay
a decision of the proposal for a few days as he may not require Masters’
Tom meets Lynne to discuss her
infatuation with Frere. During their discussion, he learns that Jan has
been staying with Ken.
Avril is approached with an attractive
proposition from Relton Marine to join the company.
Claude Dupont has a proposition for Jan:
he has found vacant premises at which she can design and manufacture
clothing to sell at Periplus. Ken agrees, after reservations, to inspect
the new location with Jan.
The court case between Shellet and the
Mermaid Yard begins.
determined to see Charles and discover why he has been avoiding her, heads
for the marina. She finds Charles in bed with his wife and, distressed,
she rushes from his yacht in the middle of a rain storm. She slips from
the jetty and tumbles into the water, having knocked herself unconscious
when she connected with its side.
With Oscar Quitak (Richard Shellet),
Kulvinder Ghir (Davy), Bruce Bould (David Lloyd), John Rolfe (James
Sinclair), Iain Rattray (The First Engineer), Timothy Morand (The
Barrister), Sarah James (The Doctor), Maria Eldridge (Samantha), Dione
Inman (Vanessa) and Vikki Richards (Honey).