The Onedin Line

The Onedin Line (1971)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Creator: Cyril Abraham
  • First Air Date: 1971-10-15
  • Last Air Date: 1980-10-26
  • Total Seasons: 8
  • Total Episodes: 91
  • Status: Returning Series
  • Episode Runtime: 50 min.
  • Networks: BBC One, ORF, ARD
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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 and deals with the rise of a shipping line, the Onedin Line, named after its owner James Onedin. Around this central theme are the lives of his family, most notably his brother and partner, shop owner Robert, and his sister Elizabeth, giving insight into the lifestyle and customs at the time, not only at sea, but also ashore. The series also illustrates some of the changes in business and shipping, such as from wooden to steel ships and from sailing ships to steam ships. It shows the role that ships played in affairs like international politics, uprisings and the slave trade.

  • Keywords: england, liverpool, 19th century, shipping
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    The Onedin Line Seasons

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1971-10-15
    15 Episodes

    Season 2

    First Air Date: 1972-09-17
    14 Episodes

    Season 3

    First Air Date: 1973-10-21
    13 Episodes

    Season 4

    First Air Date: 1976-04-25
    10 Episodes

    Season 5

    First Air Date: 1977-06-26
    10 Episodes

    Season 6

    First Air Date: 1978-07-16
    10 Episodes

    Season 7

    First Air Date: 1979-07-22
    10 Episodes

    Season 8

    First Air Date: 1980-08-31
    9 Episodes

    The Onedin Line Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1The Wind Blows Free50 min
    Season 1Episode 2Plain Sailing50 min
    Season 1Episode 3Other Points of the Compass50 min
    Season 1Episode 4High Price50 min
    Season 1Episode 5Catch as Can50 min
    Season 1Episode 6Salvage50 min
    Season 1Episode 7Passage to Pernambuco50 min
    Season 1Episode 8The Homecoming50 min
    Season 1Episode 9When My Ship Comes Home50 min
    Season 1Episode 10A Very Important Passenger50 min
    Season 1Episode 11Mutiny50 min
    Season 1Episode 12Cry of the Blackbird50 min
    Season 1Episode 13Shadow of Doubt50 min
    Season 1Episode 14Blockade50 min
    Season 1Episode 15Winner Take All50 min
    Season 2Episode 1The Hard Case50 min
    Season 2Episode 2Pound and Pint50 min
    Season 2Episode 3A Woman Alone50 min
    Season 2Episode 4Fetch and Carry50 min
    Season 2Episode 5Yellow Jack50 min
    Season 2Episode 6Survivor50 min
    Season 2Episode 7Coffin Ship50 min
    Season 2Episode 8‘Frisco Bound50 min
    Season 2Episode 9Beyond the Upper Sea50 min
    Season 2Episode 10An Inch of Candle50 min
    Season 2Episode 11Goodbye, Goodbye50 min
    Season 2Episode 12Bloody Week50 min
    Season 2Episode 13The Challenge50 min
    Season 2Episode 14Race for Power50 min
    Season 3Episode 1The Ship Devils50 min
    Season 3Episode 2The Stranger50 min
    Season 3Episode 3Echoes from Afar50 min
    Season 3Episode 4Amazon Cargo50 min
    Season 3Episode 5Danger Level50 min
    Season 3Episode 6Black Gold50 min
    Season 3Episode 7Law of the Fist50 min
    Season 3Episode 8Ice and Fire50 min
    Season 3Episode 9A Proposal of Marriage50 min
    Season 3Episode 10Over the Horizon50 min
    Season 3Episode 11The Silver Caddy50 min
    Season 3Episode 12Port Out, Starboard Home50 min
    Season 3Episode 13The Passenger50 min
    Season 4Episode 1Loss of the Helen May50 min
    Season 4Episode 2A Cold Wind Blowing50 min
    Season 4Episode 3Not Wanted on Voyage50 min
    Season 4Episode 4Undercurrent50 min
    Season 4Episode 5Quarantine50 min
    Season 4Episode 6Uncharted Island50 min
    Season 4Episode 7A Clear Conscience50 min
    Season 4Episode 8Shipwreck50 min
    Season 4Episode 9The Gamble50 min
    Season 4Episode 10Month of the Albatross50 min
    Season 5Episode 1When Troubles Come50 min
    Season 5Episode 2Rescue50 min
    Season 5Episode 3Coffin Ships50 min
    Season 5Episode 4The Trade Winds50 min
    Season 5Episode 5The Stowaway50 min
    Season 5Episode 6Dead Man's Cargo50 min
    Season 5Episode 7A Hard Life50 min
    Season 5Episode 8The Hostage50 min
    Season 5Episode 9Uncharted Waters50 min
    Season 5Episode 10A Close Run Thing50 min
    Season 6Episode 1No Smoke Without Fire50 min
    Season 6Episode 2Collision Course50 min
    Season 6Episode 3Double Dealers50 min
    Season 6Episode 4Stand by to Go About50 min
    Season 6Episode 5The Upright Man50 min
    Season 6Episode 6The Reverend's Daughter50 min
    Season 6Episode 7Highly Explosive50 min
    Season 6Episode 8A Sea of Troubles50 min
    Season 6Episode 9Men of Honour50 min
    Season 6Episode 10The Fortune Hunters50 min
    Season 7Episode 1Liverpool Bound50 min
    Season 7Episode 2The Homecoming50 min
    Season 7Episode 3The Paddy Westers50 min
    Season 7Episode 4Dirty Cargo50 min
    Season 7Episode 5To Honour and Obey50 min
    Season 7Episode 6Running Free50 min
    Season 7Episode 7The Suitor50 min
    Season 7Episode 8Storm Clouds50 min
    Season 7Episode 9Outward Bound50 min
    Season 7Episode 10Homeward Bound50 min
    Season 8Episode 1A Royal Return50 min
    Season 8Episode 2Revenge50 min
    Season 8Episode 3Blood Ties50 min
    Season 8Episode 4The Honeymoon50 min
    Season 8Episode 5Jonah's Luck50 min
    Season 8Episode 6The Price of Pride50 min
    Season 8Episode 7Vengeance50 min
    Season 8Episode 8Guilty - In All Innocence50 min
    Season 8Episode 9A Long Way Home50 min
    • Peter Gilmore

      as James Onedin
    • Jessica Benton

      as Elizabeth Frazer
    • Howard Lang

      as Captain Baines
    Directing Gerald Blake Director