- Comedy Drama
- 1994 - 1995
- BBC One
- 9 (2 series)
- Neil Munro
- Gregor Fisher, Rikki Fulton, Sean Scanlan, Andrew Fairlie and Paul Young
- Bob Black and Michael Russell
- Colin Gilbert and Ron Bain
- Colin Gilbert
Captained by Peter 'Para' Handy, the crew of Scottish puffer The Vital Spark regularly find themselves in all sorts of trouble, both with authorities and their erstwhile employer, who also happens to be Handy's brother-in-law.
Venturing around the western coast of Scotland and its many islands plying their trade, the ageing cargo vessel seems never far from total break-down, and its crew never far from unemployment!