[watching] Knights of God TVS series

Nathan

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I'm sure many of you will recall the TVS series Knights of God from 1987 and are probably wondering why there has never been a DVD release. Despite getting VHS releases overseas, the series was never repeated or released for home consumption in the UK. For many years the series was tied up in legal wranglings after TVS was dissolved and the original paperwork was lost. But that's not the end of the story.

I wrote a letter to ITV back in 2005. British Forces Broadcasting Service reran the series overseas for a number of years after it was initially broadcast in the UK. Denmark and Finland got subtitled VHS releases and the series was broadcast in France and Germany, albeit both dubbed. From what I was told, in the reply I received via letter, was the original broadcast tapes still existed. However, they could not tell me whether the original master tapes existed or not.

Then things got worse. To my horror I was recently told that sadly only episodes 1 through 4 exist on 1" broadcast tapes, whereas the remaining episodes survive only as off-air recordings. It seems that at some point after 2005, a considerable number of TVS archive tapes were junked. I'm still looking into the reason why and whether this is true. Still, it's heart wrenching to find out that television shows as recent as the 1980s may still being wiped.
 

ltd

Rune Priest
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Think I only ever saw the last episode of this. Found it quite intriguing, and wish I'd seen the whole series. I remember it had an excellent cast of British TV actors - John Woodvine, Don Henderson, Peter Childs etc.
 

Nathan

Rune Priest
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Think I only ever saw the last episode of this. Found it quite intriguing, and wish I'd seen the whole series. I remember it had an excellent cast of British TV actors - John Woodvine, Don Henderson, Peter Childs etc.
The complete series is on YouTube, albeit sourced from poor off-air recordings.

I did find one thing out: Fox bought the TVS archive and when Disney bought Fox they inherited the archive. At some point, one of these companies decided to get rid of the tapes and film cans to turn the archive building into offices. Since no paperwork existed for any of it, and they saw no value in the programmes themselves, they just dumped the lot.
 
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