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Howards’ Way

"A year ago this yard was on its knees!" "Yes - along with most of its women!"SWAGGERING BRINY proto-soap unpicking the ruthless ructions and steamy schemings that went on behind that seedy world of slimy shagging and shopping, the boatbuilding fraternity of the River Hamble. Step forward eponymous hero and “best boat designer on planet” Tom Howard (MAURICE COLBOURNE), who stages Telford’s Change style stunt, defies odds, logic, etc. and leaves comfortable, well-paid employee status to set-up in partnership with maverick regular at “The Jolly Sailor” Jack Rolfe (GLYNN OWEN). Cast of thousands then sail in to provide intricate plot interweaving: Ken Masters (STEPHEN “XYY” YARDLEY), rival boatbuilding bastard with inability to retain genitalia in pants whose dirty deeds are eclipsed only by cross-eyed moneyman Edward Frere (NIGEL DAVENPORT) and his piece-of-shit son Charles (TONY “PROTECTORS” ANHOLT). Light relief in the form of Tom’s wife Jan (JAN HARVEY) who runs a clothes emporium (badly) and her wooden mother (DULCIE GRAY) whose purpose is unclear. There’s more. Appalling, buck-toothed Howard son (Leo) and daughter (Lyn) ensure continual parental angst due to exam failure, career indecision, unwise choice of foreigner as partner, etc, etc. Untimely demise of Colbourne brings whole edifice crashing to ground but not before hastily rewritten final series is plucked from the jaws of oblivion thanks to arrival, over the horizon, of KATE O’MARA and PAUL JERRICHO. Toe-tapping ‘Always There’ Simon May theme tune was, well, always there, ditto grizzled men wearing V-necked blazers over bare chests sporting Ford Knox-quantities of jewellery and clinking tumblers full of ice cubes and “the sauce”.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Glenn A

    October 11, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Could only have been made in the Thatcher era when scheming yuppies, devious businessmen and power dressed women in spike heels were all the rage in television land. Went off the screen the same year Thatch went out of power and the eighties officially ended.

  2. TV Cream

    October 11, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    “…and the eighties officially ended” only to then restart in 1991, with unofficial Howard’s Way sequel Trainer, surely?

  3. Ian Tomkinson

    October 12, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    # Howard’s Way! It’s bloody Howard’s Way! #

  4. Rob Free

    October 12, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Bruno Brookes did an amazing impression of Jack Rolfe. I bet that came in useful.

  5. Chris

    October 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    There were some lovely shoulder pads in this. And then Jack Rolfe got a brick mobile phone in the 1989 series. Interesting fashions and technology. Not very interesting plots or characters.

  6. Richard Davies

    November 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    One of my Mum’s favourite shows, in standard Sunday night slot.

  7. Ian Thomson

    March 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Watched the first episode last night for the first time in 28 1/2 years. It is unputdownable for completely different reasons now. Lovely gels with Swiss finishing school eccents! Sleazeball Masters even sleazier than you can remember! Acting and script by Ikea! Camera work to make a director weep! Stereotype City! Eighties fashion and hair overload! The Howard males thoroughly emasculated compared to Ken “sperm donor” Masters! Plot lines your sat nav would predict with ease! Cheese, lots of it! And it’s all fantastic!

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