There are two programmes I remember as a child in what I think were the 1960s that nobody else I speak to can recall. It's getting really frustrating and I'm beginning to think I perhaps did imagine them, especially as searches I've made on the web seem to draw blanks. One was a comedy set on a Scottish fishing boat that rarely seemed to put out to sea as the result of numerous mishaps etc. I seem to remember three characters, who I can still see in my minds eye, but can't put a name to. There was the captain of the trawler; the engineer (who liked his drink from what I remember) and a third crew member. I think the series was on BBC and may have been called something like "Queen(ie) of the Clyde" or similar. The other programme was on children's t.v. and I think was called "The Stranger". I can't recall anything much about the storyline but remember it both scared and entertained me. If anyone can shed any further light on these two programmes please help.
I don't know the first programme you mention but I'm pretty sure the children's series is The Intruder (1972) We've had several enquiries about this, not surprisingly its definite air of menace and mystery seems to have stuck in people's minds - mine included!
One day, out on the Cumbrian sands, 16-year-old Arnold Hathwaite encounters a menacing stranger who claims to be a long-lost relative with the same name. He moves in and takes over Arnold's home, and his intentions become more and more sinister.
The sinister stranger, complete with long mac and an eye patch, was played by the excellent Milton Johns.
You should also take a look at one of the previous threads about this series as it has some extra information on it.
Comedy series produced by BBC Scotland based on the skipper and crew of a 'puffer' (small cargo boat) - 'The Vital Spark' written by Neil Munro and first published in 1905 in the "Looker On" column of the Glasgow Evening News. Munro continued writing these hilarious stories for most of his working life. He published them in three book collections: The Vital Spark (1906), In Highland Harbours (1911), and Hurricane Jack of the Vital Spark (1923). The show quickly became a popular Friday night series with viewers for its easy-going humour and colourful characters which included Para Handy played by Duncan Macrae, Dan Macphall (John Grieve), Dougie (Roddy McMillan) and Sunny Jim (Angus Lennie) and their less-than legitimate dealings along the West Coast of Scotland. The series ran briefly for 6 episodes between 1959 and 1960 but the crew's adventures were revived in 1965 for an episode of 'Comedy Playhouse' where Roddy McMillan returned this time as the skipper, Para Handy. Following that three series were made (entitled 'The Vital Spark') up to 1974. There might have been another series in 1977 but a pilot episode starring Billy Connolly, although filmed-was never aired. Then in 1990 Gregor Fisher (then famous for his Rab C Nesbitt character) returned to play the old sea salt in 9 50-minute episodes of 'The Tales of Para Handy'. 6 shows of 30 minute duration. BBC. 1959-60.
Laurence, brilliant detective work - you've hit the nail on the head. I would've been too young to remember it in 1959 so it must have been the mid sixties episodes I can recall. Do you know if any of these episodes are available on DVD or otherwise? Thanks again for your help!
the vital spark , para handy , sonny jim , and dan mc phail , it was re made 3 times , the last with gregor fisher (rab c nesbit ) at the helm , the puffer steamed round the islands delivering supplies , but with the odd wee whisky in them , anything happened
i remeber a prog , there was a man in a wee house , he opened a bag and told stories , just cant think of the name
It was called The Pied Piper, last shown as far as I can recall in the late 1970s/early 1980s certainly on ATV/Central and on Yorkshire. There was also a brief clip of it on a programme during the 80s or 90s; maybe Telly Addicts or We Love TV
anyone remember the comedy sitcom bootsie and snudge starring alfie bass and bill fraser?what a fab comedy,two great actors sadly missed,they played there parts well,a very funny comedy sitcom,one of the best in my opinion.