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Help Save British Fraggle Rock Episodes

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by charlietheowl, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    The Columbia release was in 2004, which I think makes it one of the last Muppet titles they released before losing (or not renewing) the license.

    12 of the broadcast episodes have been released on DVD, several times. The 17 the BFI have, while broadcast-quality, are not the original transmission tapes but are instead off-air recordings; I have no idea whether they would even be suitable for a DVD release.

    The VHS recordings vary in quality from as-good-as-VHS-ever-gets down to barely-watchable. Most of them are incomplete, missing their opening titles and end-credits and - usually - a few seconds from the opening/closing scenes. In some cases the missing material is insignificant, but in others there is dialogue missing. If you take a look at my archive listing, you'll see that some of the screencaps do not include the title-caption: this is because those recordings start after the caption. None of the recordings would be useable for a commercial DVD release.

    I'm planning an update to the site to include full details of known recordings and their condition.
     
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  2. johnpeters999

    johnpeters999 Member

    Congrats to Fraggle rock for its 30th Birthday in the UK.
     
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  3. Rugratskid

    Rugratskid Active Member

    I know I'm a little late, but this page was posted here a while ago, and it says, "I was fortunate enough to interview the producer of the UK wraparounds, Victor Pemberton, a few years ago and he mentioned that he at one time had every episode on VHS but that he wasn’t sure if he still had them in the basement." I just thought, maybe there could be a way to contact him, tell him what's going on and see if he still has the episodes? Maybe this sounds stupid, but it's worth a try, since there are currently no sources for some episodes, and this guy may have them still. Just a thought.
     
  4. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    Got another one! A copy of Wonder Mountain has been located, bringing us down to just 13 still missing.

    To answer the previous poster - sorry, I seem to have completely missed the post! - yes, we have contacted Victor Pemberton about the possibility that he might still have recordings. I won't go into details; suffice to say that sadly he wasn't able to locate any recordings of the missing episodes.
     
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  5. Mister Muppet

    Mister Muppet Well-Known Member

    Good to know another one has been found, what's the quality like ?
     
  6. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    So-so. It's an off-air recording, originally VHS but it's been through a few adventures since then and now only survives as a computer file. It's over-compressed but not massively so.
     
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  7. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Nice find, anathema!
    Hope we could get the rest of the missing episodes soon.
     
  8. Rugratskid

    Rugratskid Active Member

    I'm quite excited at the fact that only 13 episodes are left missing. anathema is doing a fantastic job locating the episodes. I believe that eventually, the 13 missing episodes will be found.
     
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  9. Rugratskid

    Rugratskid Active Member

    Sorry to double post, but I got to the BFI website, it says the VHS (Boober Gorg) can be requested for access?

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    I know nothing about the BFI, so if anyone could explain what that means, it would be greatly appreciated.
     
  10. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    It means you can request a viewing of the programme, on BFI premises.
     
  11. Rugratskid

    Rugratskid Active Member

    Ah, that makes sense. I seem to have access to a UK TV download website. They have a Classic Family section, with a lot of 1980's shows. I'll keep any eye open for any UK Fraggle Rock.
     
  12. Rugratskid

    Rugratskid Active Member

    Someone sent me a message on YT asking about UK episodes; I redirected them to your page. They said they knew some people with episodes from the 3rd and 4th seasons, so if they have access to some new episodes, you'll be the first to know.
     
  13. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    Thanks for that :) I haven't heard anything yet.

    We are interested in *any* recordings, though - even if they're of episodes which are already known to exist, as a lot of the recordings are not great.
     
  14. ST1DS1

    ST1DS1 New Member

    Has there been any look finding any copies of missing episodes of Fraggle Rock, or will they never be posted on YouTube?
     
  15. MuppetDanny

    MuppetDanny Well-Known Member

    Far as I know no more missing episodes have been found since anathema's last post.
     
  16. dangermouse

    dangermouse New Member

    On Amazon UK there is a seller (UK based) offering a VHS tape containing the episodes 'Gobo's School for Explorers' and 'Wembley and the Mean Genie'.

    http://amzn.to/1Iv5pIO

    The former episode is listed on the nightshade website in 'red' as a missing episode. Would this tape be worth acquiring? (being a UK based seller I assume it is likely that it would be the UK version of the episode).
     
  17. MuppetDanny

    MuppetDanny Well-Known Member

    I have this tape and it's the US version.
     
  18. Kermieuk

    Kermieuk Well-Known Member

    I remember finding this VHS and the Virgin Video Fraggle releases and being disappointed that they are UK releases but have the US versions on them!!!
     
  19. tedbear

    tedbear New Member

    Something very interesting popped up on a TV show I was just watching- It's named The TV That Made Me, and it's basically celebrities revisiting TV Shows they liked. The one that was on today said their earliest TV memory was watching Fraggle Rock- and to my surprise, some clips of the old Fulton MacKay were indeed shown. Not entirely sure which episodes were partly shown though.

    Link- (clips come in at around 5:00, end at about 8:20)

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b074yzmz/the-tvthat-made-me-series-2-11-myleene-klass
     
  20. MuppetDanny

    MuppetDanny Well-Known Member

    Thanks tedbear.

    This seem to be from the episode "Red's Club".
     

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