Post by Stephen Byers on Feb 14, 2015 20:54:05 GMT
I'm trying to ascertain whether the below programmes are regarded as 'missing' since I think that I have located pristine copies of all 26 parts of "Everyman ...." and maybe others.
"After 'A Bayeux Tapestry,' Mason’s programmes ranged from one-offs such as 'The Marriage of Freedom and Fate,' featuring a youthful Anthony Hopkins as Beethoven, to more ambitious undertakings such as 'The British Seafarer' (1980) and the 26-episode series 'The Long March of Everyman,' (1971-72, made in collaboration with Dan Snowman), a landmark “pictorial history of the British people”. Other broadcasts included 'Tales from the Dark Continent' and 'Tales from the South China Seas,' both inspired by Plain Tales from the Raj."
Hi, Stephen, I know people who list the 'Everyman' series in their collections and say the sound quality's very good, so I guess a version is out there. If you have first generation VHF recordings or even studio copies of these items then as you say there may be limited interest for possible upgrades in collectors' circles (as the phrase goes!), but I have no idea of the BBC Archive status of the series, sorry.
Don't feel despondent because you didn't get loads of replies straight away, I had to wait for responses to my emails before I could post a reply here! Even if the Beeb is missing copies there's no guarantee that the series could be broadcast if there are lots of music rights to keep the lawyers busy, but wiser people than I will have access to the official archive status. Cheers, Stuart
Post by Stephen Byers on Nov 19, 2015 20:14:46 GMT
Thank to a very generous donation of time and material we now have some episodes of The British Seafarer digitised from reel-reel tapes.
2 Canvas, Hemp and Wood 3 The High Seas 4 The Merchants 5 Charts, Sea-Clocks and Stars 6 The Complete Seaman 7 Stresses, Strains and Storms 8 The Long Blockade 11 Missing, Lost and Saved 13 Fisherman 20 The Dreadnought Navy 23 Jutland 24 The Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-45 [first 45 min]
Is 'Long March Of Everyman' regarded as missing? I have all 26 parts - but what to do with them is a moot point.
Also am trying to locate 'The British Seafarer' - even my contacts in the maritime world cannot help.
Full editions of both of these series are in the BBC's library. The Everyman editions also have an additional few minutes of research explanation by the guest historian at the end of each episode which don't occur in the international versions.