Loose Cannon Production 30
The Smugglers
"Well Doctor, will ye loosen yer tongue, or loose it completely?"

     

Please note that this digital teaser trailer is purely to whet your appetite, recons are ONLY available on VHS quality.

BBC Production Details
Production Code: CC
Original Transmission (UK): Saturday 10th September 1966 -
Saturday 01st October 1966
Season: 4
Number of Episodes: 4
Writer: Brian Hayles
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Director: Julia Smith
 

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Loose Cannon Production Details
Production Release Date: August 2008
Episode(s) Reconstructed: Episodes 1,2,3,4
Source Material: John Cura's telesnaps
Audio recorded by Graham Strong
  Surviving clips, Cine film
Other authentic pictures
  CGI (Computer Generated Images)
Pictures from other stories / sources
Specially Created Material
Tape length required: UK / Australia: E180
USA / Canada: T160
   
Special Note:    

No episodes of this serial are known to survive. If any should resurface and be released at a later date, please purchase such an official BBC video release to complement our reconstruction.

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Bonus Material

As well as the reconstruction we are able to bring you the following goodies…

 

Celebrity Introduction

Dean has again come up trumps and arranged for noted actor George A. Cooper (Cherub) to provide an introduction to the story..
Learn more about George's work in our Hall of Fame...

   

Production Featurette

We also include a mini documentary about the making of The Smugglers, narrated by George A. Cooper.

   

Historical Extract

Also on the tape is a short documentary about Smuggling on the Cornish coast, beautifully narrated by George A. Cooper.

 

Celebrity Interview

One of Britains best loved character actors George A. Cooper (Cherub) kindly spared some time to speak to us. George clearly enjoyed himself recounting his memories of The Smugglers and his long career in television, etcetera, etcetera.
Learn more about George's work in our Hall of Fame...

   

Celebrity Chat

Also included as a bonus feature is a short chat with elusive ex-designer Richard Hunt. Richard recalls the four Doctor Who stories on which he worked and discusses his career and life since leaving the BBC nearly 40 years ago.

   
Special Note:  

No episodes of this serial are known to survive. If any should resurface and be released at a later date, please purchase the official BBC video release to complement our reconstruction.

Support The BBC Video Releases.

     

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Please note recons are ONLY available on VHS quality.

LOOSE CANNON WILL NOT, AND NEVER WILL, SUPPLY RECONS FOR DOWNLOAD IN DVD OR VCD QUALITY OR EVEN ON TICKER TAPE!!!!!!


Loose Cannon Says:

Straight from the pages of Doctor Syn is the Smugglers with good old fashioned betrayl, murder and deceit and is William Hartnell's final historical story and the first to feature substantial location filming.

This new version of The Smugglers contains clearer telesnaps, some previously unseen set photos thanks to a private collector, occasional CGI and more extensive use of the cine film than the earlier recon leading to a very polished recon which we hope you enjoy.

Synopsis:

The Doctor, Ben and Polly arrive on a beach in 17th century Cornwall and soon become caught up in a web of intrigue. Pirates led by the villainous Captain Pike are searching for a hidden treasure, while a smuggling ring led by the local Squire is trying to offload contraband.

Ben and Polly are arrested for the murder of the local churchwarden. Meanwhile, the Doctor is kidnapped by Pike's men after overhearing a cryptic rhyme that holds the key to the treasure's location.

Can the TARDIS crew prevent the slaughter that seems inevitable, and still escape with their lives?

Reviews:

Review by Chris Longhurst

Another excellent ‘upgrade’ from Loose Cannon; a great improvement on the original reconstruction (LC#07), with much sharper images and clearer audio. The sections of film from the censor cuts, etc are nicely integrated and do not clash with the rhythm of the telesnaps. The Smugglers was surprisingly violent for a late 1960s children’s programme – a lot of ‘knife work’ which I suspect would be edited out in the UK today !

As usual with these recent LC reconstructions the extras are superb; particularly recommended on this one is the interview with ‘Cherub’ – George A Cooper looks as if he is enjoying himself and comes across with some great anecdotes on TV in the ‘60s and ‘70s as well as about The Smugglers.

 

Review by Rob Hansen

Guys - A fine, fine job as usual. I'd intended savouring this one by limiting myself to an episode per night, but I ended up watching all four episodes straight through. It's odd, but when I watched Doctor Who as a child I don't recall being particularly fond of the historicals but now these are among my favourites. And how ironic that the only clips now surviving from these episodes are those removed by the Australian censors for being too violent - which by modern standards they are. Comparable stabbings were routinely excised from recent shows like Babylon 5 before they were shown over here. Really looking forward to 'Evil of the daleks', a long-unseen classic I have fond memories of. Keep up the great work.

 

Review by Richard Berry

Excellent piece of work. Not a story I know much about but LC have brought it back to life. Quite a quaint little piece. The extras are superb - George A Cooper's interview is interesting and thorough and his recall very good indeed. Shame that Richard Hunt's memory isn't as good but his post-Who work sounds curious. This is a great little package, probably the best we'll ever have of this little tale.

 
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