The ONEDIN LINE Award Winning BBC Drama

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For Sale - The ONEDIN LINE an Award Winning BBC Drama on VHS - Original cost was $59.99 plus taxes per Set so a $130+ value for $30 In Excellent Condition.

Ah, the sea, the sea. White-sailed ships manned by stouthearted sailors, oaken prows cleaving the Atlantic swell, carrying the wealth of Empire back home to England. Such is the appeal of The Onedin Line, which enjoyed a 10-year run on the BBC, from 1970 to 1980, providing an escape from that troubled decade into a world where Britannia still ruled the waves and a man could achieve riches and power with the sweat of his brow. The saga begins in the 1860s, and this set contains the first four episodes of the long-running series. James Onedin (Peter Gilmore) is a headstrong young skipper from Liverpool who's tired of seeing all the profits from his voyages go to his shipping-magnate boss. Onedin is determined to start his own shipping line, and when an opportunity to buy a ship arises he doesn't balk at marrying the previous owner's daughter in order to cement the partnership. With his new ship Charlotte Rose--and a new wife who proves to be a shrewd business partner--Onedin begins to compete with his former employer for the most profitable routes, willing to risk everything to build his business empire. The big shipping lines, of course, want to crush the ambitious young upstart as quickly as possible.

While not quite Dallas-by-the-Sea, The Onedin Line is filled with intrigue, and Gilmore is riveting in the lead role--dashing, ruthless, with a very impressive set of whiskers. As befits a BBC costume drama, the period detail is wonderful, especially in the sailing scenes. The sight of the Charlotte Rose heeling to a strong breeze as the stirring theme music swells will be enough to make a sailor of any viewer. --Simon Leake

Product Description Whether on storm-tossed seas, in his native Liverpool, or exploring exotic ports of call, James Onedin is a magnet for turmoil and trouble. The first chapter of this powerful and addictive series, credited with launching Jane Seymour's career.

SERIES 1

The Wind Blows Free By Cyril Abraham

James Onedin is anxious to purchase the schooner, Charlotte Rhodes. Her owner refuses James’ offer. However, the Captain has a daughter.

Plain Sailing By Cyril Abraham

Anne Onedin learns about sea fever - and navigation.

Other Points of the Compass By Alun Richards

After a perilous return voyage, James Onedin finds more problems ashore. With little ready cash he is scarcely a match for ship-owner Callon’s vengeance.

High Price By Cyril Abraham

James Onedin slowly struggles to build up his fleet of sailing ships. First he needs a warehouse - but as always the price is high.

SERIES 2

Catch as Can By Alun Richards

James sails home to yet more money problems. Elizabeth cannot decide whether to marry Frazer or Fogarty.

Salvage By Michael J Bird

The Charlotte Rhodes, badly damaged by violent storms, is foundering. Callon makes it a race for salvage.

Passage to Pernambuco By Cyril Abraham

Despite a disaster in the vineyards, James, in Lisbon, still manages to bargain for his square rigger. White sails billow against the blue sky, as the Pampero sails towards South America.

The Homecoming By Barry Thomas

When James sails home to Liverpool with his new clipper, Anne is not on the quayside to greet him. The reason for her absence is a certain Michael Adams …

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