Set aboard the good ship Guisto, Space Pirates is a musical feast for the ears as children are treated to 30 minutes of music from a variety of genres and influences. Guisto orbits planet Earth under the command of Captain DJ who surfs the sound waves looking for music to broadcast on his pirate radio station Guisto FM.
Captain DJ's motley crew includes space-wise kids Honk and Tonk, Lippy the talking microphone, and alien barnacle Zorst who reads the travel news and weather report. Also part of the merry gang is Jolly Roger the grumpy flag and raucous house band 'The Jingles', made of three puppet rats with rhythm - Windy, Brassy and Stringy.
Every week the Space Pirates are called into action by an Earth-based 'Pirate Posse', who set a musical challenge that sends the crew on a search for the perfect song for their needs. One week the Pirate Posse might ask for a song to dance to, another week a song to sing-along or drum to. Captain DJ and his crew then select three songs for the Pirate Posse to choose one that will play out the show.
Space Pirates features musical guests and genres from all over the world - performances have been filmed in Papua New Guinea, Beijing, Australia and South Africa, as well as the UK. Viewers can look forward to guest appearances from artists who might be beamed aboard or performing on location including McFly, Jamelia, Riverdance, The Blue Man Group, Julie Felix and String Fever. Pop videos classics such as YMCA, James Brown, Christina Aguilera and Scissor Sisters are highlights of the show, and The Jingles bring their own unique twist to proceedings with their weekly performances of cover versions including tracks by The Beatles, Madonna, The Monkees, The Beach Boys and U2.
Primarily aimed at children from four to six years old, Space Pirates reaches all ages and brings the whole family together to explore a diverse range of musical performances.
The educational value of the show
Space Pirates helps children to:
- Jig around to a variety of music that will get their feet tapping.
- Begin to understand more about weather conditions.
- Begin to understand a little more about time, space and travel.
- Develop an understanding and appreciation of different musical genres.