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Classic TV Drama: The Onedin Line – #62 – S05 E10 – “A Close Run Thing”


A great Brit TV Classic – this episode

Robert shows Sarah their new house. Daniel has bought a shipyard to be run in partnership with Elizabeth; she approves and they kiss. On board his new ship, the Trident, Baines recognises an old drunk seaman, Billy. Elizabeth tells William they plan to wed and says congratulations ‘Father’. They plan to let him run the company on a trial basis. During the voyage, the ‘crimped’ sailors plan to kill James and take the ship. Billy overhears their plans, but is coerced into silence. Billy warns Letty and is wounded. James and Baines fend off the attackers. Ashore Letty buys Billy a new suit and gives a few sovereigns. Daniel tells Elizabeth that he has to go to Scotland on important business. On the train, he reveals that they are actually going to Balmoral where he is to be knighted. At the wedding, it turns out that Elizabeth and Robert both thought that the other had told James that he was to be best man. Robert receives a telegram saying that James and Letty have also been married, on board ship, by Captain Baines.

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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