The Vital Spark. Image shows from L to R: Para Handy (Roddy McMillan), Dan McPhail (John Grieve), Dougie (Walter Carr), Sunny Jim (Alex McAvoy). Copyright: BBC.

The Vital Spark

BBC One sitcom about Scottish sailors. 21 episodes (pilot + 3 series), 1965 - 1974. Stars Roddy McMillan, John Grieve, Walter Carr and Alex McAvoy.

See Also

The Maggie

Ealing comedy depicting a clash of cultures between a hard-nosed American businessman and a crafty Scottish sea captain.


Mess Mates

Sitcom focusing on the captain of a run-down boat and the crew who constantly run rings around him. Starring Archie Duncan and Sam Kydd.