As usual any comments corrections etc. Let me know.
below is another description for perusal. It's the second of Alun
Richards' scripts – he's one of my favourites and a famous Welshman. He died
a couple of years ago and was well written about in the Welsh press. Hope
it's OK. Great to see the new files loaded – all the material that has come
to light since I signed up with the group 12 months ago has provided a
fascinating insight to the series for me. In the 70s, when I first became an
avid fan, there seemed little I could get hold of. Merry Xmas to all.
from Viv Dodd
Series 1 programme 5 CATCH AS CAN by Alun Richards.
Description by Viv Dodd.
James returns from La Rochelle. After a storm, part of the cargo for Watsons
is damaged and this is used as an excuse for them to tell James he will no
longer have their trade but he is told the real reason is that Callon is
warning businesses not to deal with the Onedin Line or risk losing Callon's
James brings Anne a fan from the market in La Rochelle and gives it her with
little fuss. She is touched by the gesture and it is another sign of the
growing affection between them.
Albert Frazer invites James and Anne to a weekend at his Aunt's house –
providing James can persuade Elizabeth to attend aswell. James realizes what
an asset his sister could be in creating a link between a shipping company
and ship builders like Frazers.
The `home' that Anne has made in the warehouse is spartan and rat infested
so a weekend away is tempting for her although she is suspicious of the
importance of Elizabeth's attendance. Elizabeth is pining for Daniel Fogarty
and amused by the attentions of Albert Frazer although aware that she is
expecting Fogarty's baby.
As they are preparing to leave for Aunt Letitia's, James cannot find Baines
and realizes he has been `crimped' by a San Francisco bound American clipper
significantly trading with Callon and his son Edmund.
As James leaves to get Baines back – with a gun- Anne asks `would you come
after me?' `Well that depends.' `Depends on what?' Anne asks. `Depends on
what you'd taken with you,' James says with a smile. Their growing love and
dependence on one another is then shown as Anne hugs James and says, 'take
care you suddenly seem so small – precious to me.'
James and one other crew member take the Charlotte Rhodes to intercept the
American ship before she leaves British waters and after some dangerous
sailing, get the attention of the pilot who demands the American captain
allows James aboard. Baines has been beaten and is on the rigging but James
demands he is brought down and allowed to sign his name which he is able to
after Anne's teaching.
Fogarty storms into Aunt Letitia's causing upset and Elizabeth shows her
disgust at him. She and Anne return home and Elizabeth's state is confirmed
to Anne who tells Robert.
James and Baines return safely but who is going to tell James of his
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