Roughnecks (TV series)

This article is about The BBC series. For the animated series in the Starship Troopers franchise, see Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles.
Genre Drama
Created by Kieran Prendiville
Written by Kieran Prendiville
Steve Coombes
Bryan Elsley
Dave Robinson
Alan Whiting
Directed by Sandy Johnson
Aisling Walsh
Starring Teresa Banham
Colum Convey
Paul Copley
James Cosmo
Liam Cunningham
Francesca Hunt
Ashley Jensen
Bruce Jones
John McGlynn
Ricky Tomlinson
Katy Murphy
Composer(s) Mike Post
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Michael Wearing
Producer(s) Moira Williams/Charles Elton
Location(s) Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) First Choice Productions
Original network BBC1
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Stereo
Original release 16 June 1994 (1994-06-16) – 21 December 1995 (1995-12-21)

Roughnecks was a British television series that ran over two series between 16 June 1994 and 21 December 1995 on BBC1 and produced by First Choice Productions for the BBC network. The show centred on the working and personal lives of those who worked on the fictional oil rig "The Osprey Explorer" in the North Sea. Offshore filming was undertaken on the oil rig Dan Countess which was not in use at the time.

The cast included Liam Cunningham, Teresa Banham, James Cosmo, Bruce Jones, Clive Russell, Ricky Tomlinson, Paul Copley and Ashley Jensen. It was created by the former Tomorrow's World presenter, Kieran Prendiville and the theme tune was written by the American TV composer Mike Post.

Main Cast

James Cosmo as Tom Butcher

Bruce Jones as Terry Morrell

Clive Russell as Archie McGrandle

Liam Cunningham as Chris Brennan

Ricky Tomlinson as Douglas "Cinders" Hudson

Colum Convey as Graeme "Ceefax" Revell

Hywell Simons as Wilf "Village" Granelle

Paul Copley as Ian Pollard

George Rossi as Kevin Lamb

Alec Westwood as Davey Rains

John McGlynn as Drew MacAllister

Ashley Jensen as Heather Butcher (née Brennan)

Francesca Hunt as Hilary Whiteson

Teresa Banham as Tessa Buckingham

Anne Raitt as Izzy Butcher

John Kazek as Telegram Sam

Martin Wenner as Edward Bergman

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