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Classic TV Drama: The Onedin Line – #39 – S03 E10 “Over the Horizon”


A great Brit TV Classic – this episode

James and Baines venture to Africa to bring home son of the newly-ennobled Blanchard family, who has brought aboard a range of souvenirs of Africa, including a young African woman. Baines is sent to return her to her village and determine if a river is navigable. Elizabeth, longing for the excitement of London, travels down with Mr Blanchard – but finds his wiles the equal of hers. Miss Biddulph brings news of the sleeping fever from a magazine she has read in the Chamber of Commerce. This has befallen Baines, who is nursed by his African companion and who finds the crocodile river is impassible due to a waterfall. Back in Liverpool, Miss Biddulph is upset to learn that James had asked for Caroline’s hand.


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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