Don’t Rock The Boat, 1982

Possibly not the most popular sitcom to come from the Thames stable.  Despite not being a critical success it had everything going for it: all star cast, successful writing team in John Esmonde and Bob Larbey (Good Life and Ever Decreasing Circles).

Don’t Rock The Boat ran for 12 episodes over two series between 1982 and 1983.


Don’t Rock The Boat follows the adventures of widower Jack Hoxton,who runs a riverside boatyard with his two grown-up sons: Les and Billy.

Jack meets a young girl  Dixie who puts the spring back in his step.  When he decides to marry her ructions ensue, as up until the marriage his sons had run a perfectly well-ordered, resoundingly all-male establishment. Now with the arrival of Dixie, a former conjurer’s assistant and chorus girl, things have changed. Now the boys have a stepmother who’s barely older than they are.





Nigel Davenport – Jack Hoxton
Sheila White – Dixie Hoxton
John Price – Les Hoxton
David Janson – Billy Hoxton


Channel: ITV
Written By: John Esmonde and Bob Larbey
Original Transmission Dates: 5th January 1982 – 16th August 1983


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