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Classic TV Drama: The Onedin Line -#16 – S02 E01 – “The Hard Case”


A great Brit TV Classic – this episode

Callon and his son are killed in a fire and the company passes to his niece, Emma. Daniel, attracted to her, wastes no time in offering his services as her business advisor. James charters the Star of Bethlehem for a voyage to the West Indies with a man named Jessop amongst the crew. He is a union man and quick to assert the sailor’s rights to decent treatment. When a man falls overboard and dies, Jessop blames James, as does Anne

The Onedin Line is a BBC television drama series, which ran from 1971 to 1980. The series was created by Cyril Abraham.

The series is set in Liverpool from 1860 to 1886[1] and covers the rise of a fictional shipping company, the Onedin Line, named after its owner James Onedin. Around this, it depicts the lives of his family, most notably his brother and partner Robert, a ship chandler, and his sister Elizabeth, giving insight into the lifestyle and customs at the time, not only at sea, but also ashore (mostly lower- and upper-middle-class). The series also illustrates some of the changes in business and shipping, such as from wooden to steel ships and from sailing ships to steamships. It shows the role that ships played in such matters as international politics, uprisings and the slave trade.

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