...with a link to the MBC's webite at the bottom of the page.
This quote was interesting...
"The phasing out process of black and white television started in 1973 and indeed the OCAMM Conference which was held at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in the same year was broadcast Live in colour (SECAM System). Since then colorisation of all equipment was an on-going process so much so that the eve of Christmas 1975 heralded the colour broadcast of a considerable number of programmes. By 1978 the colorisation process was fully completed."
Mauritius purchased Marco Polo, The Reign of Terror, and The Crusade.
If any episodes are found on that little island, it would be important also to look behind the film cans to see if a dodo might still be nesting in a hidden corner of their film archive. The birds supposedly went extinct there in 1693, but we have to remain optimistic that one might still turn up eventually. I mean, have we really looked carefully enough?
Mauritius also received these early Hartnell episodes, but Mr. Wombat directly received a response that their episodes were returned. There is even some doubt as to whether the episodes were even broadcast, so off-air recordings would not even have been a possiblity. This place is a real dead dodo!
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.
11 of the 106 missing episodes were sent to Mauritius. Some may still exist in Mauritius as 16mm film prints.
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 MAURITIUS From the story Marco Polo (a.k.a. (Doctor Who and) The 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 Crusade (episode 2) The Knight of Jaffa (episode 4) The War-Lords (In addition, the surviving print of episode 1 The Lion is damaged)
At missing-episodes.com on June 6, 2011, Anthony Clark asked:
Re: Africa Progress 2011 « Reply #64 Yesterday at 7:53pm » Any chance of a brief update? I realise whatever's going on will be reported in full in the fullness of time but it would be nice to have even a vague progress report.
I seem to recall someone saying that some black and white Joe 90 prints had been found, for example.
Best of luck whatever you can/can't say...
To which Paul Vanezis replied:
Re: Africa Progress 2011 « Reply #65 Yesterday at 9:13pm »
Hi Anthony, yes the Joe 90 prints (a few of anyway) were all that was left from the 1960's in Zambia. There is some two inch VT of Thames wrestling, but apart from that there is very little other than more recent existing stuff. We are still collating material in Zambia and we should have a full report by the end of the year. Kenya is another location where we have exhausted all possibilities regarding archive TV material although we are still making a catalogue of the surviving recent material for FIAT.
The only other country we can now cross off the list is Mauritius; via the Mauritius High Commissioner I've had direct contact with their archivist and I now know the fate of all of their archive TV material. Again, once everything has been collated I'll put together a detailed document. I'm sorry I can't say more.