Posted by BoogieBunny (U14115484) on Tuesday, 27th November 2012
On 28 December 1986 the BBC broadcast a romantic comedy drama called The Pyrates, based on the book by George MacDonald Fraser, starring Marcus Gilbert and Jane Snowden, and was apparently a fun pirate romp. As far as I can establish it has never been repeated, unlike so many other programmes that get wheeled out year on year. I'd love to know why the BBC hasn't repeated this, and ask if it's still available somwhere in the archives, and if so, can it please be repeated? It's not just me who would love to watch this, but many other fans of the delightful Marcus Gilbert and the gorgeous Jane Snowden. For anyone who wants to know more about the programme, here is its IMDB entry:
Posted by Peta - Ex-BBC host (U24) on Wednesday, 28th November 2012
Not all BBC programmes can be repeated, it's often to do with the broadcast rights and who owns them.
Posted by technologist (U1259929) ** on Wednesday, 28th November 2012
see www.bbc.co.uk/archiv... for an outline of the rights issues - It is a difficult topic - as often some artist do not want to see their performance repeated for a number of reasons.... thus some excellent programmes cannot be shown ..
Posted by BoogieBunny (U14115484) on Wednesday, 28th November 2012
Thank you both. Whilst accepting there may not be a chance of it for rights' reasons, is there any way to check the exact situation in this case? I run the fansite for the actor who starred The Pyrates (Marcus Gilbert) and this is the programme I am asked about more than any other, as none of us has seen it. I've also spoken with one of the actors who played a member of the motley crew in The Pyrates, and he was surprised it had never been repeated too.
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