THE BOAT COMES IN
- PART THREE
- THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
[John] Ford - James Bolam
Seaton - Susan Jameson
[William] Seaton - James Garbutt
[Isabella] May Seaton - Jean Heywood
Seaton - John Nightingale
Seaton [nee Routledge] - Michelle Newell [until Paddy Boyle's
Seaton - Edward Wilson
Headley - Malcolm Terris
[Mather?] - Madelaine Newton [Introduced in Fish and Woolly
Horatio Manners - Basil Henson [Introduced in Swords and Pick
Ashton - Geoffrey Rose [Introduced in Empire Day on the Slag Heap]
Created by James Mitchell
Music - David Fanshawe - Sung by Alex Glasgow
Editor - William Humble
by- Leonard Lewis
For A Day
TX date: 11/3/76
- James Mitchell
- Paul Joel
- Paul Ciappessoni
visits the recently-married Jack and Dolly. Dolly is heavily pregnant, but
Jack looks leaner than Manners remembers. Manners offers Jack whisky and
smoked salmon sandwiches, and a job: £20 for a week's work. He wants to
buy a house from Lord Calderbeck, and wants Jack to act as a
refuses to serve Dolly, who is feeling ill, and cannot afford to see a
doctor. Bella, who had cravings for strawberry jam when she was pregnant,
is more sympathetic.
tells Manners the good news, and asks her to help him practicing being
"la di da".
is prospering, with a tailor-made suit, and shoes to match (which he tells
his parents he bought at a jumble sale, to avoid embarrassing them). Bella
catches him with more than seven pounds: "I suppose you're going to
tell me you got that at a jumble sale 'n all?"
and Manners visit the Calderbeck mansion. Believing himself to be alone in
the greenhouse, Jack gives a Tarzan-like cry... and turns around to
discover...Jane. He also meets Lord Calderbeck's nephew and heir, Freddy.
Freddy confides to Jane that he's going to ask Jack for £70,000 for the
house. (Manners wants to pay no more than £50,000). Manners tells Jack
that Jane was recently widowed. Jack is posing as a working-class chap
who's made a fortune from making automobile spares.
dinner, Jack and Jane escape the pack, to Freddy's irritation. Jane flirts
with Jack, so Jack kisses her. Jane later tells Jack that they'll get on
famously, if he can be discreet.
gives jack a polite warning, telling him that he and Jane are "more
or less engaged". They encounter Billy, herding cows, but Jack bluffs
his way through, pretending that Billy used to work for him: "I used
to have some agricultural interests... sheep, you know..."
meets Billy in the pub. Billy gives Jack a few tips that will help him
establish how much Calderbeck's house is worth, and to the family's
delights in shocking his hosts over dinner, with tales of his impoverished
upbringing. Later that night Jack finds Jane in his bed, and they spend
the night together. Jack learns that Lord Calderbeck resents Freddy,
because the war claimed the lives of his three sons. Jack takes Jane to
the local pub, signaling Tom to ignore them. Jack meets with Rogers, a man
recently dismissed from Calderbeck's employ, who is bearing a grudge,
leaving Jane at the bar. Jack meets with Manners, to tell him what he's
learnt: that Calderbeck is willing to sell, to fund his retirement in the
south of France, but feels he has to provide for Freddy. However, Jack has
Jane into marrying Freddy, who is grateful to Jack. Jack renegotiates his
deal with Manners, earning himself £150 for sealing the sale for
receives an urgent telegram. Dolly has had a miscarriage, and will not be
able to have children. Manners has arranged for her care in a private
Cromer - Lesley-Anne Down
Calderbeck - John D. Collins
Calderbeck - John Welsh
Rupert Routledge - John Lee
Lucinda Routledge - Helen Lindsay
Calderbeck - Sylvia Barter
- Edward Dentith
and Arthur were married in the week before this episode takes place:
married in St Oswald's (sic?) "honeymoon in Scarborough, reception at
the Station Hotel".
Although they married off-screen, there's a
scene in this episode where the Seatons receive the wedding photo's,
showing the cast in suitable costume (left).
pays five bob a month rent to his parents.
sly reference to his "agricultural interests" is a nod to his
sheep-rustling days (see episode 3: Fish In Woolly Jumpers).
Jessie (Susan Jameson),
Arthur (Geoffrey Rose)
(Malcolm Terris) do not appear in this episode.
Irish actor John Welsh (who played Lord Calderbeck) had a career spanning five decades, but will
probably be best remembered as the truculent butler, Mr Merriman, in the
BBC drama series The Duchess of Duke Street (1976-77). Other roles
include appearances in Bless This House (A Matter of Principle, 1976),
and Rumpole of the Bailey (Rumpole and the Younger Generation,
1978). Other prestigious productions Welsh appeared in include Brideshead
Revisited (1981) and To Serve Them All My Days (1980, as
Cordwainer). He also appeared in numerous films, including the Hammer
movies Rasputin - The Mad Monk (1966), Nightmare (1964) and The
Revenge of Frankenstein (1958).
Down (who played Jane Cromer) became a household name - and a fixture of the tabloid newspapers -
in the 70s, as Georgina Worsley, the glittering ward of the Bellamy family
in LWT's long-running domestic drama series Upstairs, Downstairs, a
role she played for three seasons, between 1973 and 1975. Other notable
British TV roles include the BBC science-fiction anthology series Out
of the Unknown (To Lay A Ghost, 1971), The Sweeney (1975)
and the 1978 Thames TV play The One and Only Phyllis Dixie, which
charted the life of the Britain's most famous striptease artiste.
enormous success of Upstairs, Downstairs on both sides of the
Atlantic led to a string of roles in high-profile, but mediocre, films
like The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), The First Great
Train Robbery (1979) and Sphinx (1981). After gaining something
of a reputation as a wild child, she relocated to America, becoming a
regular fixture in soap operas like The Bold and The Beautiful, Days
of Our Lives, Sunset Beach and Dallas. She also appeared
in three series of the American Civil War drama series North and South,
as Madeline Main, between 1985 and 1994. Her second marriage, to The
Exorcist and The French Connection director William
Friedkin, ended in an acrimonious and well-publicised divorce. She
has two sons, the second by her current husband Don Fauntleroy, who she
married in 1986.
Lee (who played Major Rupert Routledge) was born in Tasmania in 1928, and is another character actor with an
impressive résumé of British TV credits dating back to at least 1960,
including roles in Danger Man (View From The Villa, 1960), Doctor
Who (playing Alydon in the second Doctor Who adventure, The
Daleks, in 1963), two episodes of Man in a Suitcase (Why
They Killed Nolan in 1967 and Variation on a Million Bucks in
1968), The Avengers (The Bird Who Knew Too Much, 1967),
three different roles in three different episodes of Doomwatch (The
Plastic Eaters in 1970, The Web of Fear in 1971, and Cause
of Death in 1972). He played Lieutanant-Commander Bill Kiley in all
four seasons of the BBC's excellent Royal Navy drama series Warship (1972-78).
He appears to have retired in the early eighties, and died in Australia in
New Year, Some Say
TX date: 18/3/76
- Austin Ruddy
New Year's Eve. Three young boys (Davie, Tich and Jacker) steal bottles
from the Seatons' yard, to claim the ha'penny deposit, to spend on Bella's
cinder toffee. Bill remonstrates with Bella for giving neighbour Sarah
Robinson credit ("tick"). The boys repeat the scam, but Bella
has rumbled them.
and visiting Glaswegian socialist lecturer Sandy Lewis visit The George
Hotel bar, where Billy is working. Tom is there. The Seatons are going to
Jessies that evening, to celebrate the New Year. Tom lurks at a the
Conservative Unionist Women's Association annual shindig, where Richard
Harley Evans is guest of honour, celebrating the party's recent election
win. Tom sneaks into the cloakroom, stealing items of value. He is
interrupted, and narrowly escapes capture, by slipping into Sandy Lewis's
and Arthur prepare for a family gathering. Billy takes Bill to the party,
despite his protests. Each guest gives their party-piece. Arthur
reluctantly recites a monologue.
the lecture Sandy and Jack share a bottle of whisky, and Sandy tells Jack
that the Labour party is in the ascendancy. They find no-one at home at
the Seatons' home, so Jack takes Sandy to Jessie's house, where he joins
performs his party-piece: playing a headmaster in a comedy skit.
next morning the police arrive, with a summons for Bill, for opening his
shop too long (he's supposed to close at 8pm). Bill suspects that the
owner of a nearby sweet shop, J.L.Davidson, has reported him.
throws a brick through the rival shop's window. It has a message attached
to it: "HAPPY NEW YEAR".
Lewis - Bill Simpson
Harley Evans - James Grout
Redshaw - Roger Avon
Robinson - Lyn Douglas
- Tom McCall
Barrington - Anne Jameson
- Neil McCaul
- Stephen Little
- Kevin Dryden
- Douglas Wilson
this episode takes place some time after the previous episode, since Billy
has a new job.
Terris (Matt Headley) does not appear in this episode.
has an uncle named Bob, (possibly Bill's brother, since Bob usually
performs the other half of Bill's headmaster sketch).
summons is addressed to William Seaton (I believe this is the first time
Bill is referred to by using full surname)..
BBC Scotland announcer Bill
Simpson (who played Sandy Lewis) was typecast early in his career playing the title role in the
enormously popular BBC period drama series Doctor Finlay's Casebook,
which ran between 1962 and 1971. Simpson played a keen young doctor sharing a
practice with a long-established, set-in-his-ways doctor (played by Andrew
Cruickshank). Subsequent roles were few, but included the 1979 HTV adaptation of Robert
Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped (alongside David McCallum as Akan Breck).
He had an un-credited role in Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (1959). He died in 1986.
You Win, Tales I Lose
- Sid Chaplin
- Geoffrey Patterson
and a group of other men are on moorland, illegally gambling on a game of
Pitch and Toss. Handfuls of notes change hands. Tom leaves the men with
his winnings (about sixty pounds) but his good fortune isn't appreciated
by two sore losers, Dodger Green and Dickie Edgar.
and Jack have been at a memorial gathering for Harry Armstrong, where
they've raised less than three pounds for the widow and children of a man
killed in a pit accident six months earlier. A former "outside
man", Mr Gibson, who used to work with Harry, makes a handsome
visits Tom's home, where Daisy Meadows is house-sitting.
then visits Lizzie Armstrong, and her son, Robert, who is excelling at
school, and may be eligible for a scholarship. Matt and Jack are there,
which makes for an uncomfortable atmosphere. Matt agrees to baby-sit for
Lizzie, so that she can attend the annual Labour Party meeting, where
she'll second Jessie's nomination for the Executive. Jack senses romance
blossoming between Matt and Lizzie.
has been forced into hiding, in the stables. Billy finds Tom, who is
planning on escaping to London.
resents Jack's support for Jessie's political aspirations. They argue, and
Jack storms out. Later Jack meets Matt in the pub, and is warned that
tongues are wagging. Matt doubts that Jack is motivated by politics.
is elected to the Executive. Arthur doesn't approve.
employs Robert and another boy to keep an eye on Tom's hiding place, from
a nearby pigeon coup.
and Matt return from a day at the pit, to find themselves locked out by
Dolly. Jack bursts his way back in, warning her never to do it
expresses her concerns about her developing relationship with Matt, who
proposes marriage. She tells Matt that there's no room in her life for new
has arranged a safe route to the docks for Tom. Green and Edgar catch up
with Tom, but they have a surprise in store: a "tin panning",
which means they're hounded home by the womenfolk, bashing pots and
returns home to find Dolly apologetic, and a hearty meal on the table.
Lizzie arrives with a letter from Mr Gibson: she's been offered a cleaning
job paying a very respectable "fifteen bob a week...half a man's
Armstrong - Val McLane
Armstrong - Richard Glasgow
Green - Peter Bartle
Edgar - Peter Thornton
Meadows - Connie Merigold
- Peter Marshall
Gibson - Shay Gorman
episode does not feature James Garbutt (Bill Seaton) or Jean Heywood
actor Shay Gorman (who plays Mr Gibson) appeared in several key drama
series during the 1960s and 1970s, including Danger Man (The
Sanctuary), The Saint (Little Girl Lost), Softly
Softly (No Life For A Woman), and The Sweeney (Taste
of Fear). He's also appeared in Minder (Why Pay Tax) and
Boys from the Blackstuff (1982, as Malloy). Horror fans may
recognise him from the 1966 film Island of Terror, or his voice
from his uncredited narration on Jacques Tourneur's 1957 classic Night
of the Demon (aka Curse of the Demon). More recently he
featured as Father Jim Sutton in the 1995 Father Ted episode Grant
Unto Him Eternal Rest.
Val McLane played Dennis' sister Norma Patterson in the second season of Auf
Wiedersehen Pet, but is, in fact, married to Jimmy "Oz"
Nail. She's appeared in a couple of Catherine Cookson Tyne Tees TV
mini-series (The Rag Nymph and The Moth in 1997,
playing Aggie Winkovski, and in
1991's The Black Velvet Gown, as Annie Griston). She was also in
LWT's 1997 adaptation of Jane
Eyre (which starred Samantha
Morton and Ciarán Hinds), and featured in the landmark 1996 BBC drama
series Our Friends in the North in 1996, as Rita Cox.
Hearted Rat With A Lifebelt
TX date: 1/4/76
- James Mitchell
- Paul Joel
strike is brewing at Whitely's Shipyard. Union Branch Chairman Les Mallow
offers Jack the position of District Secretary. Discovering that Jack's
not interested, Les asks if Jack will run as his deputy, a post that pays
£5 a week.
goods have been found in Tom's possession: the police had been tipped off
("hunger breeds envy, Jessie, and envy breeds anonymous
letters"). Tom is making his situation more difficult by refusing to
reveal where other items lost in the same robberies are. He claims he sold
the rest to a man in a pub.
visits a God-fearing widower, Mrs Downey, and her two children, who are
living off a handout of twenty shillings a week. She's in danger of being
evicted. Dolly brings Downey's situation to the attention of Les Mallow.
miners are put on notice: short-time for two weeks, then the sack. Mallow
calls a strike meeting, to discuss taking strike action.
visits Jack, to let him know about Tom's predicament.
the branch committee meeting, Jack tables a motion preventing industrial
action, seconded by Matt. As Chairman, Les's hands are tied to intervene.
The workers vote against striking. Jack brings Mrs Downey's plight to the
meeting's attention. Jack's advocacy wins him the support of the rank and
file members. It may count for nothing: Downey's landlord has locked her
out. Jack seizes a hammer, and sets off to reclaim her furniture.
Jack prepares to break into Downey's home he discovers that she wrote the
letter to the police, informing on Tom. After clearing the flat, Jack
waits for the landlord, and the police (to give Matt time to get away with
the reclaimed furniture).
is arrested, and put in a cell with Tom. The next day Tom is brought
before the court, and, despite the best efforts of his solicitor, Martin
Hopkins, is sentenced to three months' imprisonment. Jack is next to be
tried, and the magistrate simply repeats, word-for-word, his summary of
Tom's trial. Jack refuses to accept the validity of the court: "It's
all very well to say we're equal under the law, but when you're starving
you're only equal to the next poor bugger who's starving". Jack is
sentenced to one month in prison: a martyr. Jessie is impressed:
"Bastard! You wonderful, cunning bastard!"
and Tom are taken to H.M. Prison Durham.
visits Dolly with an offer of financial assistance from the Union, but
Matt senses that Mallow is looking to take political advantage of the
situation, and turns down the offer. Matt tells Dolly that Jack helped
Downey to manoeuvre
himself into a position where he can be elected as District
serving his sentence, Jack is released from prison. Matt has arranged for
a welcoming procession, including a colliary band! Jack is paraded through
the streets as a "The People's Friend", hammer in hand.
tells Jack she doesn't entirely approve of his new-found power, or the way
he got it, hoping that he won't forget the people he's going to represent.
"Don't you worry, bonnie lass, they'll get their share...
Mallow - John Woodvine
Downey - Pamela Ruddock
Downey's Children - Margaret Leonard, Tommy Pender
- John Malcolm
- Andy Mulligan
Hopkins - John Graham
- Gerald Case
- Neil McCaul
- The Boldon Colliary Band
makes yet more references to the sheep-stealing raids in Fish In Woolly
Jumpers. There's also a veiled reference to Tom strike-breaking in
episode 4, Swords and Pick Handles. Dolly says that Jack still has
some of the money given to him by Sir Horatio in King For A Day.
Downey's husband Joe died of consumption. He was a union member for
title is derived from Jessie's appraisal of Jack's survival instincts:
"When the ship sinks, he'll be the only rat with a lifebelt".
is tried using his real name, John (I believe this is the first time in
the series that this is stated).
previous District secretary was named Norman Taylor.
Mallow was a pacifist during the war, and went to prison for it.
are two very well-known faces among the cast for this episode.
Woodvine (who played Les Mallow) was born in County Durham in 1929, and has appeared in a wide
variety of television series, including appearances in three episodes of The
Avengers (Dead of Winter in 1961, The Murder Market in
1965 and Look (stop me if you've heard this one) But There Were These
Two Fellers... in 1968), The Saint (The Queen's Ransom,
1966), The Champions (The Search, 1969), Doctor Who (The
Armageddon Factor, 1979) and Knights of God (as Prior Mordrin,
1987). He's also appeared in several films, including The Devils,
for Ken Russell and An American Werewolf in London, for John
Landis. He also featured in two prestigious BBC series, Elizabeth R (as
Sir Francis Drake, 1971) and Edge of Darkness (playing Assistand
Chief Constable Ross, 1986). Proving he's equally adept with comedy roles,
he gave a memorable performance as a barking mad senior police officer,
Sir Malachi Jellicoe, in the first episode of The New Statesman, Happiness
is a Warm Gun ("You struck a blow for justice and Jesus today...
have a pork scratching, says the Lord!").
Malcolm (who played militant union member Poskett) was born in Stirling in 1936, and has appeared in many memorable
TV series, including Jason King (To Russia With Panache,
1971), Target (Fringe Banking, 1978), Minder (Willesden
Suite, 1985), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (The Naval
Treaty, 1984) and Inspector Morse (The Way Through the Woods,
1995). He played Oberleutnant Kluge in both seasons of Enemy
at the Door. Other roles include the anthology series Out of
the Unknown (Andover and the Android, 1965), Dennis Potter's Pennies
From Heaven (1978) and Jack Gold's ground-breaking 1975 play The
Naked Civil Servant. His feature film roles include a role in Amicus's
horror anthology film The House That Dripped Blood (1970).
four episodes of When The Boat Comes In are available on
Acorn Media UK's When The Boat Comes In - King For a Day DVD