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A question about Fraggle Rock UK version

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by muppet baby, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. muppet baby

    muppet baby Active Member

    Hi i would love to have fraggle rock The UK version i would love to see it so much . Are all 4 seasons of the show out in the UK yet ?

    i would love to have it from the UK i have a Mulit region DVD player to player other regain dvds i have seveal things from the UK that i am collecting LOL

    If any info at all please post it thanks

    :):excited:
  2. Andibcool

    Andibcool Member

    Afaik they only have best of DVDs no single complete season.

    You can buy DVDs easy on Amazon.co.uk or play.com
  3. Traveling Matt

    Traveling Matt New Member

  4. muppet baby

    muppet baby Active Member

    thanks so much for the info guys i will get those ordered .

    i am so excited i hate that the other epodies where lost . Better to have some though than not at all .:):p:excited:
  5. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I so want to see the much later episodes where they have a much younger guy running the lighthouse...
  6. Redsonga

    Redsonga Active Member

    *pokes UK version with a stick and makes considering noises*
    Doc will always be my favorite and most dear to my heart, but maybe someday..just to have a full set...Hmmm..*pokes again* *looks at shiny new Biggest Fraggle Rock fan award* After I get the animated series, yes :3...
  7. getup

    getup New Member

    it's actually not the "first 12" episodes but merely 12 episodes that are available. years ago also there was a 2 disc set that had all 12 of these episodes available on a region 2 uk dvd. i ordered it and played in my old region free player. the episodes available are Capture the Moon, Boober Rock, Boober's Dream, Mokey and the Minstrels, A Friend in Need, Red's Club, The Secret of Convincing John, Junior Sells the Farm, The Day the Music Died, Invasion of the Toe Ticklers, The Doomsday Soup, Boober's Quiet Day, and also contains the Down at Fraggle Rock documentary. It was quite interesting to watch these different versions. and this was all before even the first season was released in the US. That's pretty much why i had to have that set.
  8. Redsonga

    Redsonga Active Member

    I was wondering why each DVD was only $5 :p. It is still not a bad price :3
  9. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    At least another 14 shows exist - I have copies (albeit not in broadcast quality).

    The show was a co-production with TVS, who would presumably be the most likely holder of the missing tapes. Unfortunately they went off-air at the end of '92 and I've no idea what happened to their archive. As the show was still being run up to 1990, it's probable that all episodes were still in existence at this point.
  10. Traveling Matt

    Traveling Matt New Member

    Interesting. I wonder if Henson has tried contacting the remnants of that company. According to Wikipedia:

    If TVS did have the masters, stopped showing Fraggle in 1990 and vacated in '92 while leaving their program archive behind, it's possible the tapes are still at the Maidstone Studios in Kent, which is still in operation today.
  11. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    Unfortunately it's equally likely, if not more, that the archive was destroyed. Bizarre though it may seem, TV programmes were still being junked as late as the 90s :-(
  12. Traveling Matt

    Traveling Matt New Member

    Jeez, I hope that's not the case here. I understand Henson wasn't very diligent in retaining overseas material during this time so, if they still exist, those tapes could really be anywhere.
  13. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

    I asked someone who works at Maidstone studios about them and they said that they imagine CENTRAL in Manchester would have the tapes.
  14. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    Another possibility: IFE bought TVS after its close-down at the end of '92. Six years later their archive went to Fox, and in turn was bought in 2001 by...Disney.
  15. Traveling Matt

    Traveling Matt New Member

    BlueFrackle, is Central a different studio or do you mean a central office for Maidstone? Can you attempt to contact them?
  16. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    Different company. Central Independent Television was the company created when Muppet Show producer ATV was restructured in 1982. Now called ITV Central. It's quite possible that they might have acquired the archive from a defunct ITV franchise-holder.
  17. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    This looks like a good place to bring this up...I volunteer at The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of TV and Radio), and recently I was able to read a copy of Television & Radio 1984 - Guide to Independent Broadcasting. Published by the Independent Broadcasting Authority, which was the regulatory body in the UK for commercial TV. There's a nice little blurb on the UK's Fraggle Rock:

    Included is the photo that you see now in some of the recent Fraggle DVDs when you get a question right on the trivia quiz. The caption reads, "Fraggle Rock. The Fraggles share their colourful underworld with Doozers, an army of tiny creatures in hard hats whose sole aim is to build structures for Fraggles to eat. TVS"
  18. johnpeters999

    johnpeters999 Member

    Unfortunately, paper work is also in a terrible mess, which has to the misery of this saga
    Back in the good old days BEFORE 1993, ITV was made of up of 15 Separate companies all serving there local area. ATV/Central: being one and only having offices in the operation area the Midlands. TVS: covered the south of England, Manchester has never been part of Central, and is in fact part of Granada.
    Since 1993 till today most of the companies that are in operations from 1993 onwards merged to create a new single company for all of England and Wales. And all achieve is held ether at Leeds, Manchester of London. This is where there is a connection between them
    With TVS, it gets FAR FAR worse,
    On 1st Januray 1993, TVS was sold to Family channel, along with most programmes, ( expect local and news) Somewhere along the lines around 1998, the company split into two operations, Flextech: took control of the actual UK channel and FOX, got hold of the most of the programmes and USA operation. The only reason I can think of why the USA took the TVS programmes was because it held MTM.
    Fox sold the family channel etc to Disney, thus LEGAL owner’s controller of TVS Fraggle rock is DISNEY.
    Disney has made NO EFFECT what so ever to go looking for the other tapes, I do believe there still exist. I do know there not in Maidstone, but some TVS tapes were still there in the late 90s.
    There is talk there are in warehouse in Ashford KENT, but the paper work is in such a mess it anyone guess what will happen.
    If TVS never brought MTM, I dare say it would have ended up like Thames tv and become a independent production company.................. and all of UK fraggle rock would have been out on DVD years ago.:(:sympathy:
  19. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

    Does anyone have ANY UK episodes that werent released on DVD?
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That is the WORST, really. That same sale left Disney literally sitting on a trunk of Saban licenses as well, even if they were just international anime dubbing rights. And so far, the only thing they bothered with is Power Rangers, and the small amount of The Tick they released on DVD (missing episodes and only 2 of 3 seasons). Among other things Hakushon Daimaō had to literally be taken out of the US version of Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom, and various other Saban and Fox Kids shows will never EVER see the light of day again. And the worst part is that they won't sell any rights back to anyone, and they don't even acknowledge they have them. So NO Mad Jack the Pirate, NO Eek! the Cat, and No Samurai Pizza Cats will EVER be released either. And to think, this was all politicking on Fox's behalf.


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