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.

The Vital Spark

The Vital Spark

The four episodes of The Vital Spark in this DVD are the last surviving of the seven episodes produced in 1973 and 1974: a special, and half of the final, third series. Only one episode from Series 1 and 2 remains in the BBC's archive.

However, these four stories from 1973 and 1974, filmed in colour around Glasgow and the Clyde, display the best of Scottish writing, humour and comedy acting.

As well as the four regulars - Roddy McMillan, Walter Carr, John Grieve and Alex McAvoy - the episodes include guest stars Fulton Mackay in The Wedding, Phil McCall in A Drop O'The Real Stuff, Russell Hunter in The Quarrel and Joseph Brady in Bad Luck Cargo.

Pour yourself 'a drop o'the real stuff', sit back and embark on a voyage of fun with The Vital Spark!

First released: Monday 18th November 2013

  • Distributor: Panamint Cinema
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 138
  • Subtitles: English
  • Catalogue: PCM6006

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