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Warship (BBC-1 1973-1977, Donald Burton, Andrew Burt)

Warship

Warship, made with the assistance of the Royal Navy was a seagoing drama series that told stories of the men aboard HMS Hero, a warship travelling the world on tours of duty.

The emphasis was firmly on the Captain and the rest of his crew and only occasionally focusing on the rest of the crew, the engineers and so on.

The plotlines would revolve around either a crisis at sea or a drama involving one of the crew in a port or sometimes at home. Andrew Burt, who had been starring as the original Jack Sugden in Emmerdale Farm to much success, gave up that role to take a lead role as Lt Peek in this series.

There were three different men in charge during the shows run, each with their own style of leadership, Commanders Nialls and Glenn and Captain Holt.

Ian Macintosh who co-created the series (along with The Wilde Alliance and The Sandbaggers) died in mysterious circumstances when the plane he was on went missing in Alaska. Macintosh was also serving in the Navy at the time of the shows creation.

production details
UK / BBC-1 / 45×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 1973-77

Creators: Ian Mackintosh, Anthony Coburn / Script Editor: Ian Mackintosh / Music: Anthony Isaac / Producers: Anthony Coburn(73-74), Joe Waters(75-77)

cast
DONALD BURTON as Cmdr Nialls(73-74)
BRYAN MARSHALL as Cmdr Glenn(75)
DEREK GODFREY as Capt Holt(76-77)
NORMAN ESHLEY as Lt Last
ANDREW BURT as Lt Peek
JOHN LEE as Lt Cmdr Kiley
DAVID SAVILLE as Lt Cmdr Beaumont
DON HENDERSON as Master at Arms Heron
JAMES COSMO as Lt Leading Reg Fuller