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Classic TV Drama: The Onedin Line -#18 – S02 E03 – “A Woman Alone”

12/07/2021

A great Brit TV Classic – this episode

Anne lodges with a grateful Mrs. Jessop but initially has trouble finding work until she becomes a bookkeeper in a shop. Elizabeth blackmails Daniel by holding over his head the fact that he fathered her child and if Emma finds out, she will end their partnership. James discovers a stowaway, Peter Thompson, whom he puts to work on the Charlotte Rhodes but the boy is unused to sailing and has a bad fall. James is annoyed to discover that Peter’s father is a wealthy potato merchant but after Onedin’s treatment of his son, not only does he refuse to deal with James but has him beaten up.

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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