My first thread in the UK soaps forum! I've just finished the first series (we shall not speak of "seasons" in this thread) and I'm happy to report that it's very good. Compared to other TV series from the 1970s I find it surprisingly coherent and to the point, eventhough I also love the unexpected weirdness that you usually find in these old productions (e.g. The Lotus Eaters). Some of the dialogue is a bit novel-style, but only when it suits the character or situation. The story cuts to the chase with the reading of the will after the family has buried its patriarch. There are a few nasty suprises but overall they manage to cope with the new situation - or so it seems. Most of story focuses on the company and how the new directors try to fit in, combined with several personal plot lines here and there - The Onedin Line on wheels, as it were. The characters and the actors portraying them are all very watchable, the role of daughter Barbara seems to be the most difficult to play because there's some passive-aggressive stuff going on but sometimes they completely forget about that and then she becomes a little bland. The interior of the Hammond's residence has some interesting gothic-shaped decoration and ornaments. The main colour of the living room is brown, of course. Patrick O'Connell will take over from Glyn Owen as oldest son Edward Hammond in the next series. I think this is the first permanent recast in the prime time soap genre. I haven't seen any of series 2 yet so I can't rate O'Connell's performance, but I'm definitely going to miss Glyn Owen. And maybe, after only 10 episodes, that's a testament to the quality of and my soapy involvement in this series.