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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.

  1. Cyril Abraham


Series Cast

  1. Jessica Benton as Elizabeth Frazer and Elizabeth Onedin

    Jessica Benton

    Elizabeth Frazer, Elizabeth Onedin

    91 Episodes

  2. Peter Gilmore as James Onedin

    Peter Gilmore

    James Onedin

    91 Episodes

  3. Howard Lang as Captain Baines

    Howard Lang

    Captain Baines

    91 Episodes

  4. Anne Stallybrass as Anne Onedin

    Anne Stallybrass

    Anne Onedin

    29 Episodes

  5. Philip Bond as Albert Frazer

    Philip Bond

    Albert Frazer

    26 Episodes

  6. Michael Billington as Daniel Fogarty

    Michael Billington

    Daniel Fogarty

    23 Episodes

  7. Brian Rawlinson

    Robert Onedin

    21 Episodes

  8. Mary Webster

    Sarah Onedin

    13 Episodes

  9. James Hayter as Captain Webster

    James Hayter

    Captain Webster

    10 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 8

1980 • 9 Episodes

Season 8 of The Onedin Line premiered on August 31, 1980.

A Long Way Home

(8x9, October 26, 1980) Season Finale

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The Onedin Line


Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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