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Classic TV Drama: The Onedin Line -#19 – S02 E04 – “Fetch and Carry”


A great Brit TV Classic – this episode

In Ireland, an enigmatic woman, Miss Indigo Jones, asks James to get her damaged ship, the Samantha, with its cargo of guano, home to Liverpool. James is suspicious that there is something wrong but, motivated by greed as usual, consents. The ship is filthy but James has it cleaned and, having bribed a relation of Albert, he gets it through customs. However the truth is that Miss Indigo has killed several crew members, because they had yellow fever, which enters Liverpool. Captain Baines attempts to reconcile the Onedins but each is too stubborn to give way..

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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