This may qualify for a preservation project…! Those of you with long memories may recall that the UK version of this classic Henson show was set in a lighthouse and starred - originally - the late Fulton Mackay as the lighthouse-keeper.
The last episode aired in August 1990, and so far as I know the show hasn’t been seen since. The UK version of the show was a co-production with TVS, and when they lost their franchise 20 years ago their archive changed hands. It is now believed to be buried somewhere in the depths of the Disney empire; Disney have little or no interest in it, and in any event the paperwork has apparently been lost so noone knows what might be in there.
The upshot of this is that when 12 episodes were released on DVD in 2004, they were apparently the only 12 of the 96 originally produced which could be found. So far as I know, Henson currently regard the other 84 as ‘lost’ and so a full UK DVD release is simply impossible.
The situation isn’t quite this bad, fortunately. I’ve discovered that the BFI have a further 28 episodes, and VHS copies of 23 more have turned up so the total now stands at 63 episodes which exist in some form.
So, this is part-announcement and part-plea for help! If anyone knows of any other episodes that survive then please let me know 😃