The Onedin Line

This classic drama series from the 1970s makes a welcome return thanks to Drama. Set in Industrial Revolution Liverpool, it charts the rise of shipping company The Onedin Line, named after its owner, James Onedin (Peter Gilmore). Left without inheritance James must build up the business on his own from scratch. Determined to command his own ship, he marries Anne Webster (Anne Stallybrass), a woman he doesn’t love, to get hold of a ship to start things off. He gets no help from his sister and her husband - who own a rival shipping company. With a private and family life as choppy as the Irish Sea, The Onedin Line is a costume drama that tells of ambition, ruthlessness and warring families.