Uganda is listed as having purchased 26 missing episodes, all from the Troughton era, except for two early Hartnell stories. Does this mean that Uganda was showing Hartnell and Troughton episodes in 1975 or later? That would be somewhat remarkable, it seems to me, that these were broadcast somewhere in the world that late.
Has that large Ugandan archive been searched? Maybe 'The Highlanders' is sitting on some shelf there.
The BBC is searching for lost episodes of classic television shows, including Doctor Who. Currently 106 episodes of Doctor Who are missing from the BBC archives. At least 75 of the 106 missing episodes were sent to Africa in the early 1970s as 16mm film recordings.
At least 25 of the 106 missing episodes were sent to Uganda specifically.
You can see the full list of missing episodes of Doctor Who (as well as missing episodes from other British TV shows such as Adam Adamant Lives, A for Andromeda, etc.) at:
If you think you may have a missing episode as a 16mm print or a copy in another format (8mm off-air or videotape), or have any information about these episodes, please contact the BBC by sending an email to:
LIST OF MISSING EPISODES SENT TO UGANDA From the story Marco Polo (A.K.A. (Doctor Who and) A Journey to Cathay) (episode 1) The Roof of the World (episode 2) The Singing Sands (episode 3) Five Hundred Eyes (episode 4) The Wall of Lies (episode 5) Rider from Shang-Tu (episode 6) Mighty Kublai Khan (episode 7) Assassin at Peking
From the story The Reign of Terror (episode 4) The Tyrant of France (episode 5) A Bargain of Necessity
From the story The Highlanders Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
From the story The Underwater Menace Part 1 Part 4
From the story The Moonbase Part 1 Part 3
From the story The Macra Terror Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
From the story The Faceless Ones Part 2 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 (In addition, the surviving print of Part 3 is damaged)
The 2002 census put ownership of a television at 4.5% of the population, with roughly 144,000 viewers across the country. Broken down, these figures show that 19.6% of ownership is urban as opposed to 2.1% rural (UBOS, 2002). According to research carried out by InterMedia (2005), 21.8% of the population had watched television within the past 12 months.
There is one state-owned TV channel in Uganda, called UBC-TV (formerly U-TV), and several private services: Wavah Broadcasting Services Ltd (WBS), which transmits to the Kampala area and to Jinja, Masaka and Mbarara; Top TV (owned by Christian Life Ministries) in Kampala; Lighthouse TV (part of the global Trinity network) in Kampala; the MultiChoice Uganda pay-TV bouquet of channels (based in South Africa) available via satellite throughout the country; and the pan-African TV broadcaster East African TV (EATV), which broadcasts from Tanzania (UCC, 2005).
Of all media, television is the least developed channel of communication in Uganda. The countryside is still in darkness as far as TV broadcasting is concerned. However, almost all the TV services now available in the country are new since 2000. The only free-to-air Ugandan TV station with near-national coverage is the state-funded UBC-TV, which is based in the capital Kampala but has booster transmitters in the regional towns of Mbale (eastern region), Mbarara (west), in Kabale (southwest), Masaka (central) and Lira (north).
Challenges faced by the TV sector in Uganda include an unreliable power supply for many viewers, the inability of many households to afford a TV set, and the huge capital cost for investors wanting to establish stations.
Based on what we know and have discovered recently about how film was bicycled around, we think it's unlikely that there is any material in Ghana, Uganda or Zimbabwe. However, nothing has been ruled out regarding them.
On January 18, 2011, the following discussion concerning Uganda appeared on missing-episodes.com, with Paul Vanezis replying ...
Re: Africa Progress 2011 « Reply #10 Yesterday at 7:58pm »
Yesterday at 7:39pm, Greg H wrote: Hi Paul, can i ask a couple of questions? Do you know from your research where the Ugandan material was sent, if indeed it was. Also, what other shows were sold to the African countries that are missing? Im very intrigued to know.
I don't have any information about what Uganda did with its films.
Regarding other series; you name it, they screened it. Mogul, Not Only But Also, Comedy Playhouse, Steptoe, Out of the Unknown etc... All the usual suspects and more. TOTP was a big seller to Sierra Leone.