Did anyone follow up on the lead I posted a few posts ago?
Im really surprised in the era of vcrs that all of these dont exist as home recordings somewhere.
If you're referring to 'Admeek' then yes, it was followed up and Kal now have copies of both episodes.
I'm not particularly surprised about the relatively small number of off-airs found to date - remember this was a kids' show, most episodes were only shown once and while many were likely recorded for timeshifting it's unlikely they'd have been retained once the children grew out of Fraggle. My father recorded loads of stuff for my brother and I to watch when we were young, most of which has long since been recorded over now that we're both in our 30s :-)
Hopefully there are more recordings out there, but most of those we have are either from the mid-80s VHS releases or from the collection of someone who actually worked on the show and thus had some reason to hold onto the recordings.
I remember when I was a kid, i would make audio recordings of tv shows to listen to at other times. In the usa there are people who recorded lots of shows. While I wish i recorded more in the early 1980s i started recording vhs tapes and accumulated a collection of apx. 600 tapes at 4-6 hour mode.. mainly tv shows..saving original commercials whenever possible. I know of collectors here who have recorded much bigger collections than myself of tv. Shame that the uk did not have counterparts.
Having seen the various entries above, I thought I'd add my bit on Fraggle Rock. For those that are interested, I've done some research into some TVS records.
As previous stated in other entries, there were 96 shows in total and these were sub-divided into series and each had its own series number as well as its overall number in the 96. Also, the recording episode number held good, achieving 48 after series II but then jumped six numbers with series III starting at 55 and ending at 78. An actual episode number as part the production number seems to have been abandoned after that, with a different numbering system being used.
Series I - 24 shows Series II - 24 shows Series III - 24 shows Series IV - 24 shows were made but in practice, only the first 12 were transmitted as series IV with the remainder called series V.
It should be pointed out that the show recording order wasn't necessarily the transmission order, as some shows were moved about to achieve a better spread as regards "strength and content". Also, the original transmission dates planned, shortly after recording, were not always achieved, particularly for series I where the first 15 had a part network repeat before the last 9 had their first airing. These 9 then ran directly into the first 14 of series II. There was some debate, it seems, as to the wisdom of running one series into another as some set changes had taken place. ITV/HIT were apparently happy with this as the last 9 of series I were thought to be amongst the strongest.
The only show to have 3 airings on ITV was "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" Christmas show. It seems each episode could have up to 2 airings on ITV and a further one on Channel 4, as may well have been the case when ITV and Channel 4 were more "linked" than they are today. Obviously this hurdle was overcome for the third showing of "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" on ITV.
As far as other aspects of the programme are concerned, I have been able to find all the transmission VTR numbers and 1 inch master tape numbers. However, I have no idea where the tapes are. The shows probably still exist on 1 inch tape, maybe at Disney or elsewhere, since to digitise them would indicate they were likely to be used, which doesn't seem to be the case. There is no evidence that protection copies were made but at least there is evidence some shows were copied and sent to HIT i.e. 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 40, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, & 48. Also, some 1 inch dubs were made to service UTV and Tyne Tees during the 1984 autumn repeat of the first 15 shows from series I but I should imagine these were long since returned and erased.
I also have no idea where the paperwork is relating to rights/ artists agreements and residuals etc. This should have accompanied the tapes initially to The Family Channel and beyond but as with moving archives around, not everything stays together.