8.1/10
75
3 user

The Tales of Para Handy 

Comedic adventures of a Clyde puffer ship.

Creator:

Neil Munro
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
1995   1994  

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Rab C. Nesbitt (1988–2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Rab C. Nesbitt is lowlife scum (and proud of it) in Glasgow, Scotland who spends his time drinking in his local and speaking to the camera about the state of society as he sees it.

Stars: Gregor Fisher, Tony Roper, Elaine C. Smith
Takin' Over the Asylum (TV Mini-Series 1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A salesman starts to run a hospital radio station inside a facility for people with mental heath needs.

Stars: Ken Stott, Katy Murphy, David Tennant
The Vital Spark (1959–1974)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A tale of a Scottish tug And their travels up and down the Argyll coast.

Stars: John Grieve, Walter Carr, Alex McAvoy
City Lights (1984–1991)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Stars: Dave Anderson, Gerard Kelly, Iain McColl
Still Game (TV Series 2002)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Cult Scottish comedy about the lives of two OAP's Jack and Victor and their views on how it used to be in the old days and how bad it is now in the fictional area of Glasgow, Craiglang.

Stars: Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill, Paul Riley
Naked Video (1986–1991)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Influential sketch show spun off from a long running Scottish radio show. It introduced the world to Glaswegian street philosopher Rab C. Nesbitt and The Baldy Man. Harry Enfield, Steve Coogan and Rik Mayall all wrote for the show.

Stars: Louise Beattie, Ron Bain, Gregor Fisher
Duck Patrol (TV Series 1998)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Stars: Richard Wilson, David Tennant, Samantha Beckinsale
Still Game (Video 1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

In the predecessor to the TV series, Jack, Victor and Winston are three old men trapped in a Glasgow hi-rise..

Stars: Greg Hemphill, Cameron Jack, Ford Kiernan
Empty (TV Series 2008)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The stories of what goes on when the Greater Glasgow Building Services come to your home.

Stars: Gregor Fisher, Billy Boyd, Tom Urie
The Crow Road (TV Mini-Series 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An adaption of Iain Banks' dark novel, whose central character is a young Scots history student.

Stars: Joe McFadden, Bill Paterson, Peter Capaldi
Strathblair (TV Series 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Stars: Francesca Hunt, David Robb, Andrew Keir
Para Handy - Master Mariner (TV Series 1959)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Stars: Duncan Macrae, John Grieve, Roddy McMillan
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Gregor Fisher ...  Para Handy 9 episodes, 1994-1995
Rikki Fulton Rikki Fulton ...  McPhail 9 episodes, 1994-1995
Sean Scanlan Sean Scanlan ...  Dougie 9 episodes, 1994-1995
Andrew Fairlie Andrew Fairlie ...  Sunny Jim 9 episodes, 1994-1995
Paul Young Paul Young ...  Andrew Campbell 8 episodes, 1994-1995
Sally Howitt ...  Miss Kelly / ... 8 episodes, 1994-1995
Carolyn Pickles ...  Lady Ramsay 5 episodes, 1994-1995
Gilbert Martin Gilbert Martin ...  Captain Angus 4 episodes, 1994
Joanne Bett Joanne Bett ...  Susan 2 episodes, 1994
Tony Curran ...  Donald / ... 2 episodes, 1994
Alyxis Daly Alyxis Daly ...  Margaret 2 episodes, 1994
Louise Ironside Louise Ironside ...  Maid 2 episodes, 1994
Edit

Storyline

Comedic adventures of a Clyde puffer ship.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1994 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(9 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The third television series based on Neil Munro's fictional sailor. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Every moment is magical!
25 August 2008 | by jaggyaxeSee all my reviews

I have to first say I have absolutely no idea why this series never continued on for at least another 5 seasons.

The Tales Of Para Handy is an absolutely beautifully made gentle Scottish comedy centring around Neil Munros famous character Peter "Para handy" McFarland, captain of the puffer boat "The Vital Spark" and it's crew.

Those a little older (I myself am 30!) May recall the 1970's version of the stories simply titled "The Vital Spark" with the magnificent Roddy McMillan in the title role. While the old series was wonderful, it was low budget and it showed sometimes with the 70's cars and buildings.

This new series is expertly crafted into a beautiful period piece. All the clothes, streets, and cars are circa 1930's (which the stories are set!) the music is fantastically folky and the tales are just engaging entertainment. The scripts are wonderful and the stories range from heartfelt to side splitting!

Every moment is magical!

The only downside I can think of is that the main cast do not quite live up to their 1970's counterparts who are considered the definitive representations of the characters, but do NOT let that fool you! Gregor Fisher, Rikki Fulton and co. all do an absolutely amazing job of bringing life to the characters in their own way and having a rich script and wonderful stories, it is perfect Sunday night (Or any night!) family entertainment.

It is a crime that production stopped as soon as it did!

Buy it and enjoy!


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Check Out What's Playing on IMDb Freedive

See what movies and TV series you can watch for free today, and visit IMDb Freedive for even more. Select any poster below to play the movie!

Find more things to watch

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed