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When The Boat Comes In: Roubles for the Promised Land (S2EP4 BBC One 19 Nov 1976, Malcolm Terris)



Roubles for the Promised Land: Billy is unable to get medical work due to his socialist principles and moves back to help his parents. Tom, who finds it hard to cope with shop work, moves into a hostel. Here he befriends Kaganovich, a Russian Jew from Archangel, hoping to travel to Palestine and looking for Jack, whom he says can help him. When the two meet Kaganovich accuses Jack of stealing money from his late father during the Russian revolution though Jack claims he was given the money as a bribe in exchange for helping the old man escape. In any case it is ‘Kerensky money’, old currency which is out of date and worthless, though Kaganovich is still determined to go to Palestine. Jack does however persuade Tom to go home to his mother.

Cast: James Bolam (Jack Ford), Susan Jameson (Jessie), James Garbutt (Bill), Jean Heywood (Bella), John Nightingale (Tom), Edward Wilson (Billy), Madelaine Newton (Dolly), Malcolm Terris (Matt), David Graham, Cyril Shaps, Martin Matthews, Jack Carr, Sean Lynch, David Hargreaves, Frank Duncan, John Barron

Written by James Mitchell; directed by Michael Hayes

Original Airdate: 19 Nov 1976 on BBC One
Series: When The Boat Comes In Season 2 Episode 4