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The Buccaneers (TV series)

The Buccaneers
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Genre Swashbuckler
Starring Robert Shaw
Paul Hansard
Brian Rawlinson
Edwin Richfield
Theme music composer Edwin Astley
Composer(s) Edwin Astley
Albert Elms
Ken V. Jones
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 39 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Hannah Weinstein
Producer(s) Sidney Cole
Ralph Smart
C.M. Pennington-Richards
Location(s) Falmouth, Cornwall, England
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Sapphire Films
Distributor ITC Entertainment
Release
Original channel ITV
Picture format 35 mm film 4:3 Black and white
Audio format Mono
Original release 19 September 1956 – 12 June 1957

The Buccaneers was a 1956 Sapphire Films television drama series for ITC Entertainment, networked by CBS in the US and shown on ATV and regional ITV companies as they came on air during the infancy of ITV in the UK.

Starring Robert Shaw as Dan Tempest, the series, aimed at children, followed the adventures of Tempest and his crew of former pirates as they made their way across the seven seas in The Sultana.

This series was one of very many swashbuckling adventure series produced during the period by or for Lew Grade's ITC.

Production notes

The series ran for 39 half-hour black-and-white episodes and was produced by Hannah Weinstein and Sidney Cole for Sapphire Films Limited. They were made at Nettlefold Studios at Walton-on-Thames using two studios with seven or eight standing sets. A real schooner was based at Falmouth, Cornwall and a faithful reproduction of part of it in a studio corner.[1]

Rupert Evans, stunt artist, former army teacher of physical training taught Robert Shaw fencing.[1]

The series was set in the Port of Nassau in New Providence of about 1722.[1]

Sources report that Robert Shaw was unavailable for the first few episodes, but nevertheless shooting went ahead without him. In the majority of episodes, he is listed as "With" rather than "Starring" in the title sequence, for reasons that are open to speculation.

The complete series is available on R2 DVD from Network in the UK. There are a number of public-domain DVDs of the series in the North American market, as well as a complete series release.

In 1976 Robert Shaw virtually reprised his role on the big screen in Swashbuckler.

Cast and characters

Various characters were often played by Tony Thawnton, Terence Cooper, Rupert Evans, Roy Purcell and Denis Lacey.

Historical characters

Episode list

Airdate is for ATV Midlands[2] ITV regions varied date and order.

Episode # Prod # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate

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DVD releases

Mill Creek Entertainment released the complete series in Region 1 on 15 August 2006.[3] This release has been discontinued and is now out of print.

Network DVD released the complete series in region 2 on 1 June 2007[4]

On 19 August 2008, Timeless Media Group released a 3-disc best-of set that features 30 episodes of the series.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c Margaret Cohen feature in TV Times 21 September 1956 page 33
  2. ^ Before 1968 ATV transmitted weekdays in the Midlands and weekends in London. See History of ITV
  3. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Buccaneers-Complete-Robert-Shaw/dp/B000H5U6AC
  4. ^ Network promo [1] retrieved Dec 2011
  5. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Buccaneers-Robert-Shaw/dp/B0019BI0WE

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