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Don’t Rock The Boat

1 9 8 2 – 1 9 8 3 (UK)
12 x 30 minute episodes

This Thames sitcom from the creators of The Good Life and Ever Decreasing Circles chronicles the adventures of a widower who runs a riverside boatyard with his two grown-up sons – and the ructions that ensue when he decides to remarry.

Nigel Davenport starred as handsome, young-at-heart Jack Hoxton, with Sheila White as Dixie – the glamorous girl who is considerably younger than he is and puts the zing back into his life.


Until the marriage of Jack and Dixie, Jack and his sons Les and Billy had run a perfectly well-ordered, resoundingly all-male establishment.

The arrival of Dixie, a former conjurer’s assistant and chorus girl, has changed all that and the fact that the boys now have a stepmother who’s barely older than they are just makes matters worse.

Billy and Les are unhappy to suddenly have such a young step mum and have a hard time just coping with any woman replacing their mother.


Jack Hoxton
Nigel Davenport
Dixie Hoxton

Sheila White
Billy Hoxton

David Janson
Les Hoxton

John Price


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