Fraggle Rock (partially found British co-production of puppet children's television series; 1984-1990)

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The Captain building a model in "The Garden Plot."

Status: Partially Found

Fraggle Rock's first produced international co-production was the English UK version, though the French and German versions began airing sooner.[1] The segments within the Muppet world of Fraggle Rock are identical to the American version. However, the segments from outer space (i.e. the Doc & Sprocket and Traveling Matt segments) were changed to fit the UK audience.

Fraggle Rock was located on a rocky headland or island on a sea coast. There is a lighthouse on the island. The lighthouse was the home of the Captain, a retired sailor and the UK version of the Doc character, played by Fulton MacKay. Sprocket was still his companion, however.

Due to MacKay's death in 1987, the Captain was replaced in the fourth UK season by a younger character known as P.K. (Principal Keeper, the Captain's nephew), played by John Gordon Sinclair and again in the sixth UK season by another character, B.J. (Bertwhistle Junior, the Captain's son), played by Simon O'Brien.

Availability[edit | edit source]

A selection of episodes was released on VHS during the 1980's. A petition to have Fraggle Rock released on DVD was run on the web for many years until a "best of" collection of 12 episodes, previously released on VHS, was released on VHS and DVD in April 2004. TVS, the original broadcasters, have passed through several owners since 1992 and of the 96 episodes, only 12 master copies were known to have survived. HIT Entertainment has tried unsuccessfully to locate the missing episodes, including extensive inquiries with The Jim Henson Company both in the UK and the US.

By 2017, an effort by fan Alex Taylor to track down the episodes in any available format confirmed that at least 29 episodes exist in broadcast quality, with 87 episodes existing in some form. The remaining nine episodes were unaccounted for in any format until December 2020 when the Missing Believed Wiped group announced that all TVS inserts had been found in some form.[2] According to a tweet from user "Topov1981", VHS copies of the inserts were kept by Victor Pemberton (the creator of the sonic screwdriver from Doctor Who) after the masters were destroyed[3]. A release of the found inserts has yet to materialize.

Episode List[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Additional Notes
1 Beginnings Partially Found A clip from the UK version of this episode was featured in the HBO documentary Down at Fraggle Rock: Behind the Scenes
2 Wembley and the Gorgs Lost
3 The Lost Treasure of the Fraggles Lost
4 Let the Water Run Found
5 You Can't Do That Without a Hat Lost
6 The Thirty-Minute Work Week Lost
7 The Preachification of Convincing John Lost
8 I Want to Be You Lost
9 The Terrible Tunnel Lost
10 Don't Cry Over Spilt Milk Lost
11 Catch the Tail by the Tiger Lost
12 The Finger of Light Lost
13 We Love You Wembley Found
14 The Challenge Found
15 I Don't Care Found

Christmas Special[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Additional Notes
1 The Bells of Fraggle Rock Lost

Season 2[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Additional Notes
1 Capture the Moon Found Released on VHS and DVD
2 Marooned Found Released on VHS
3 The Minstrels Lost Released on VHS
4 The Great Radish Famine Lost Released on VHS
5 The Garden Plot Found
6 New Trash Heap in Town Lost
7 Gobo's Discovery Found
8 Mokey's Funeral Found
9 The Beast of Blue Rock Found
10 Wembley's Egg Lost
11 Booberock Found Released on VHS and DVD
12 All Work and All Play Lost
13 Red's Sea Monster Lost
14 Uncle Matt Comes Home Lost
15 Boober's Dream Found Released on VHS and DVD
16 Mokey and the Minstrels Found Released on VHS and DVD
17 The Trash Heap Doesn't Live Here Anymore Found
18 Sir Hubris and the Gorgs Found
19 A Friend in Need Found Released on VHS and DVD
20 The Wizard of Fraggle Rock Lost
21 The Doozer Contest Lost
22 Red's Club Found Released on VHS and DVD
23 The Secret of Convincing John Found Released on VHS and DVD

Season 3[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Additional Notes
1 Junior Sells the Farm Found Released on VHS and DVD
2 Fraggle Wars Lost
3 The Day the Music Died Found Released on VHS and DVD
4 The Doomsday Soup Found Released on VHS and DVD
5 A Cave of One's Own Lost
6 Wembley And The Great Race Lost
7 Doozer Is As Doozer Does Lost
8 Boober's Quiet Day Found Released on VHS and DVD
9 Invasion of the Toe Ticklers Found Released on VHS and DVD

Season 4[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Additional Notes
1 Born to Wander Partially Found
2 Boober and the Glob Lost
3 A Brush with Jealousy Lost
4 Believe It or Not Lost
5 A Dark and Stormy Night Lost
6 The Beanbarrow, the Burden and the Bright Bouquet Lost
7 The Secret Society of Poobahs Lost
8 The Battle of Leaking Roof Lost
9 Red-Handed and the Invisible Thief Lost
10 The Incredible Shrinking Mokey Lost
11 Pebble Pox Blues Partially Found
12 Scared Silly Lost
13 Wembley's Wonderful Whoopie Water Lost

Season 5[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Additional Notes
1 The Great Radish Caper Lost
2 Home Is Where the Trash Is Lost
3 Sidebottom Blues Lost
4 Gobo's School for Explorers Lost
5 The Grapes of Generosity Lost
6 The Cavern of Lost Dreams Found
7 Bored Stiff Lost
8 Playing Till It Hurts Lost
9 Blanket of Snow, Blanket of Woe Lost
10 Gunge the Great and Glorious Lost
11 Wembley and the Mean Genie Lost

Season 6[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Additional Notes
1 Gone, But Not Forgotten Lost
2 Mokey Then and Now Lost
3 Junior Faces the Music Lost
4 Beyond the Pond Lost
5 Manny's Land of Carpets Lost
6 The Trial of Cotterpin Doozer Lost
7 The Voice Inside Lost
8 A Tune for Two Lost
9 Wembley's Flight Lost
10 Wonder Mountain Lost
11 Mirror Mirror Lost
12 Boober Gorg Lost

Season 7[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Additional Notes
1 Sprocket's Big Adventure Lost
2 Uncle Matt's Discovery Lost
3 Red's Blue Dragon Lost
4 Space Frog Follies Lost
5 Inspector Red Lost
6 Ring Around the Rock Lost
7 The Perfect Blue Rollie Lost
8 The Riddle of Rhyming Rock Lost
9 The Gorg Who Would Be King Lost
10 The River of Life Lost
11 The Honk of Honks Lost
12 Change of Address Lost Screenshots exist

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Random House, 1993. Jim Henson The Works: The Art, The Magic, The Imagination
  2. "Missing Believed Wiped 2020 - The Fraggles Are Coming - 25-12-83", youtube.com, December 12, 2020.
  3. https://twitter.com/CameronYardeJnr/status/1338158073106620416