A BritishSeries about the personal and professional lives of a group of oil rig workers on the fictional Osprey Explorer. It ran from 1994-1995.

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!!Provides examples of:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Chris. He milks it.
-->'''Tessa: '''"You can't help but fancy him."
-->'''Hilary: '''"And it's always the bastards, eh?"
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Village's mum, who shouts to him in Italian across an airport lounge full of roughnecks.
* AscendedExtra:
** Cath, who can be seen in a few scenes at the airport talking to the guys in Series One. She gets a much greater role and PromotionToOpeningTitles in Series Two.
** Davey and Kevin were ThoseTwoGuys in Series One, but they get their own storyline in Series Two.
* BritishBrevity: Ran for two series. Series one had six episodes, and series two had seven episodes.
* TheCasanova: Chris.
* CasanovaWannabe: They don't call Village "Village" for nothing.
* CharacterDevelopment: Village - starts off an idiot (thus the nickname) but he matures during the course of the series.
* DaddysGirl: Heather.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Village - he is [[TheFool an idiot]], and also [[AcceptableTargets Welsh]]. The jokes write themselves.
* EverybodyIsSingle: With a couple of notable exceptions. This is not actually unrealistic, given that being away for weeks at a time would play merry hell with a relationship.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Delightfully subverted. When Cinders is sick, Tessa has a go at cooking:
-->'''Chris (no doubt speaking for everyone):''' "How can you bugger up frozen peas?!"
* TheGamblingAddict: Cinders. [[TearJerker It caused his divorce.]]
* GentleGiant: Archie. (Clive Russell plays this type frequently.)
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Chris and Ceefax.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Chris is [[Series/GameOfThrones Davos Seaworthy]], Cinders is [[{{Cracker}} DCI Wise]], Archie is [[Series/{{Neverwhere}} Mr Vandemar]], Ian is [[QueerAsFolk Roy Maloney]], and Tom is [[Series/GameOfThrones Jeor Mormont]]. In short, is is packed full of every guy who always appears in [[KitchenSinkDrama gritty Northern dramas]], although it too positive to actually ''be'' a KitchenSinkDrama, on account of the fact everyone's got a good job and is well-paid.
* HufflepuffHouse: The Osprey has a crew of 80, so there are a lot of people [[HeroOfAnotherStory kicking round in the background we know nothing about.]]
* InSeriesNickname: Ceefax is called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceefax Ceefax]] because he [[SomedayThisWillComeInHandy "knows everything".]]
* LadykillerInLove: Chris, with Heather.
* LeftHanging: There were a number of interesting plot developments in [=S02E07=], but unfortunately a third series was never made.
* MarriedToTheJob: Quite a lot of the rig crew are essentially this, because their work schedule means relationships are hard to maintain.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: When [[spoiler: Ceefax]] admits to Village that he is going out with Village's sister, Village is initially a bit peturbed. He gets over it, though.
* NiceGuy: Ceefax, Ian and Archie.
* TheNineties: Roughnecks mostly [[AvertedTrope averts]] being UnintentionalPeriodPiece, as the orange boiler suits everyone wears on the rig are hideous in any decade. However, anytime Hilary, Tessa and Chris are in civvies, they wear things that were the height of fashion at the time.
* OddCouple: [[NiceGuy Ceefax]] and [[TheCasanova Chris]].
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Ceefax and Cinders. Their real names are respectively Graeme and Douglas, but are rarely referred to as such.
* OverprotectiveDad: Tom.
* NoWomansLand: The rig. This is, of course, truth in television. And then Hilary and Tessa turn up.
* PhotographyAndIllustration: During an inquiry being held about an accident on the rig, there is a black and white photograph of the real-life rig [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piper_Alpha Piper Alpha]], which exploded, killing 167 men. It is an utterly chilling sight when you know what it is.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Cath, Davey, and Kevin in Series Two.
* RatedMForManly: Some of the guys rather like to think working on an oil rig makes them this.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Being labelled "NRB" ("Not Required Back") is considered this by the guys on the rig.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Ceefax and Chris.
* TeamMom: Izzy.
* TerritorialSmurfette: Thankfully averted - Hilary and Tessa immediately become good friends.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Kevin and Davey in Series One.
* TotallyEighteen: Chris is at pains to point out when he starts going out with Tom's daughter that she is nineteen now. He has a perfectly valid point, but [[OverprotectiveDad Tom]] is still...displeased. With his fist.
* VisitByDivorcedDad: Archie [[TearJerker visiting his children.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Tessa and Drew, Tessa and [[spoiler:Chris]].
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