Making Waves was a British television drama series produced by Carlton Television for ITV. It was created by Ted Childs and chronicled the professional and personal lives of the crew of the Royal Navy frigate HMS Suffolk.
The series remained in development hell for several years and was first broadcast on 07 July 2004.
However, due to low ratings it was removed from the schedules after only three episodes, the remainder of the series going unaired on television in the United Kingdom.
HMS Suffolk is due for Flag Officer Sea Training in four weeks but an accident during training results in the dismissal of the executive officer and the resignation of the captain. The series follows his replacement, Commander Martin Brooke, in his attempts to get his vessel and crew ship-shape for final assessment. Other storylines follow Leading Marine Engineer Artificer (LMEA) Dave Finnan’s relationship with his Charge Chief’s daughter Teresa, the emotional state of Mickey Sobanski after a blundered rescue operation, new rating Rosie Bowen settling into life on her first ship and the budding cross-ranks relationship between officer Sam Quartermaine and medic Anita Cook. Comic relief is provided in the characters of “Scouse” Phillips and Leading Chef Art Francis. Suffolk is mainly based at Portsmouth but engages in exercises such as war games throughout the series, as well as undertaking hazardous rescues of other vessels in the English Channel.
Outline of Series 01, Episode 02
A visit from an Argentine naval delegation prompts Brooke to step up training. Fellows worries about failing his fitness test and being transferred off the ship. Howard accepts Brooke’s offer to be made permanent XO. Sobanski struggles over his inaction that led to a young boy’s death. He receives a disciplinary hearing and is later landed from the ship by Brooke. Finnan vows to see Teresa and baby Janey every day.
Making Waves Series
Production & Filming Details
- Creators: Ted Childs and Richard Maher.
- Directors: Matthew Evans and Nigel Douglas.
- Producers: Ted Childs, Stephen Smallwood, and Philip Shelley.
- Writers: Terry Cafolla, Damian Wayling, Niall Leonard, and Matthew Bardsley.
- Editor: Tim Murrell.
- Music: Simon Rogers.
- Release Date: 14 July 2004 (UK).
- Running Time: 49 minutes.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.