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Captain Zeppos -- Series One (BBC)

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The television programme Kapitein Zeppos is © VRT. Adventurer makes no attempt to assume or supercede copyright. Copyright remains with the copyright holders.

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Episode Guide


Introductory article, Radio Times 15-21st October 1966Almost two years to the day after the first BRT transmission of Kapitein Zeppos in Belgium, the British Broadcasting Corporation broadcast their own version.

As with many other foreign language serials of the time, this involved their recording a fresh audio track in English, under the auspices of Peggy Miller, while keeping the original visuals. In some cases, the process involved keeping the original soundtrack, but adding an explanatory English narration, something that became a trademark of the BBC's long-running Tales From Europe strand. Whether Captain Zeppos - as the BBC version was called - featured a completely newly recorded soundtrack or not is open to debate.

The BBC only purchased and redubbed the first serial - Belderbos - which was transmitted on BBC1 over sixteen weeks on Monday evenings between 17th October 1966 and 6th February 1967. Each week's programme was trailed by a short description in the BBC listings magazine, Radio Times, and all these are presented here courtesy of Ian Beard, who has been kind enough to scan the pages for us.

The article to the right accompanied the listing of the first episode - The Black Water - in the Radio Times dated 15-21 October 1966.

The BBC appear to have dubbed and broadcast all sixteen episodes, including Episode 9 which is omitted from Belgian repeat runs and home video releases. There is, however, the possibility that several episodes were edited down out of necessity to fit the 24 minute BBC1 timeslot for the programme (not least because many of the Belgian prints run to nearer 29 minutes).

All sixteen BBC episodes have been preserved and exist today on film in the BBC Archives.

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