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The Buccaneers (1956-1958)

The Buccaneers



30 minutes


Robert Shaw as Capt. Dan Tempest
Paul Hansard as Taffy
Brian Rawlinson as Gaff Guernsay
Edwin Richfield as Crewman Armando
Peter Hammond as Lt. Edward Beamish
Neil Hallett as Bosun Bassett

Robert Shaw stars in this well-made, rousing British adventure series of the mid-50s.  Taking place in the early 18th century, in the British Caribbean colony of New Providence (The Bahamas), episodes revolved around ex-pirate raider Dan Tempest, who has accepted a pardon from King George, and the job of defending the islands in his trusty ship ‘The Sultana’, along with a rag-tag crew.


Blackbeard (09/22/1956)

Captain Woodes Rogers, newly appointed Colonial Governor of the British colony of New Providence, arrives with an official pardon from King George for all pirates.  Most of the pirates accept the King’s offer, but Blackbeard and his gang resist, make a getaway, and scheme to have Rogers’ own ship attack the island.

Captain Dan Tempest (10/06/1956)

Dan Tempest, having ignored the King’s offer of a pardon, returns to New Providence with a cargo of plunder and is arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to hang.  Governor Rogers gives him a last-minute chance to go straight, which Tempest accepts, and he begins his new life as an ex-pirate by taking a cargo of goods to Carolina , facing and defeating Blackbeard on the way.

Dan Tempest's War With Spain (10/13/1956)

Lt. Beamish, just named Governor of New Providence, prepares to welcome the commander of a Spanish galleon.  His inexperience and trusting nature make him a good mark for the wily Spaniard, whose visit is not a friendly one.

The Wasp (10/26/1956)

A young scalawag from Blackbeard's crew, caught during a raid on Nassau, is sentenced by Beamish to serve as cabin boy on Tempest's ship.  The boy makes a run for it, returns to Blackbeard, and tries to talk him into applying for a job as a privateer for the Crown.  Tempest agrees to meet with Blackbeard, but Blackbeard doesn't come alone as agreed and captures Tempest.

Whale Gold (10/27/1956)

Tempest and his crew (with the help of a grizzled old sea dog named Pat) search for a substance known as ambergris: a rare, and extremely valuable secretion of the sperm whale. When Pat tells of the riches that can be had with the substance, commonly called ‘Whale Gold’, greed takes over and two of the crew try to keep a large quantity of ambergris that they find on a deserted island, with the help of old Pat.

Gunpowder Plot (11/10/1956)

New Providence is critically low on gunpowder but The Admiralty won’t deliver ahead of schedule. The next delivery for New Providence is still months away so Tempest devises a clever, complicated, and harmless scheme to procure the badly needed ordnance.

The Ladies (11/17/1956)

The men on New Providence are looking forward to the arrival of some new female settlers, due the following day on a ship called the Caroline.  But after a disgruntled sailor leaks the news to Blackbeard, Tempest and his crew put to sea to meet with the Caroline.  Tempest puts together an ingenious plan to foil Blackbeard and escort the women safely to their new homes.

Surgeon of Sangre Rojo (11/24/1956)

An epidemic of typhus strikes New Providence and Beamish imposes a quarantine until a surgeon can be brought in. Tempest and Armando sneak away and row to the Spanish-held island of Sangre Rojo, where they pose as Indians, arrest a Spanish surgeon, and take him back to New Providence. After the surgeon discovers the cause of the disease, Tempest and his crew trace its source to Van Brugh’s warehouse, where they quickly destroy it.

Before the Mast (12/01/1956)

Spanish pirate raider El Supremo hatches a plan to overtake the Felicity, an English ship due to arrive soon with badly needed supplies for New Providence.  After the pirates disable ‘The Sultana’, Tempest poses as a pirate and, with the help of Dickon, sabotages the pirate ship.

Dan Tempest and the Amazons (12/08/1956)

Seven English women revolt against their French captors, take over their ship and hole up on a deserted island.  Tempest and crew sail to their rescue but quickly find that the women are tougher than they appear.  Rather than risk bloodshed with either side they allow themselves to be taken prisoner so that they can all return peacefully to Nassau, strictly under the women's terms.

The Articles of War (12/15/1956)

A Spanish Captain offers to allow food deliveries to New Providence in exchange for the release of a Spanish Count, imprisoned on the island.  When Beamish refuses, Caff and Taffy deliver Armando, posing as the Count.  But the Spaniard doesn’t fall for it and holds Armando prisoner, forcing Beamish to turn over the real Count.  However, Armando saves them the trouble when he escapes and single-handedly destroys the Spanish ship.

Marooned (12/29/1956)

Taken prisoner on the Sultana after a raid on Nassau, a smooth talking English pirate named Clip West cons a gullible Sultana sailor into helping him and his crew take over the ship.  They then maroon Tempest and his crew on a deserted island, but with the help of a former member of West's crew, they build a raft and sail to West's hideout to take West and his crew prisoner again.

Mr. Beamish and the Hangman's Noose (01/12/1957)

After Beamish is imprisoned by the new colonial Governor under false charges brought by Van Brugh, Dan allows himself to be arrested and jailed in a plan to have Beamish released and nail the crooked Governor.

Dead Man's Rock (01/19/1957)

To spare Nassau from destruction Beamish secretly surrenders to a Spanish Captain and, when Dickon tries to stop him, he is taken prisoner as well. They are taken to a prison in Cuba where Beamish is pressed for information on a certain English convoy, due to sail soon. When Tempest finds out he and Crew must ready the Sultana, which has been laid up for repairs, and sail her to Cuba with a plan to rescue Beamish and Dickon.

Blood Will Tell (01/26/1957)

Van Brugh produces a young man claiming to be Lord Percy Gresham, the true owner of Gresham Island, which is a critical outpost for the defense of New Providence.  But Tempest knows that the real Percy Gresham is dead and he and the crew try to thwart Van Brugh's plan by producing an imposter of their own.

Dangerous Cargo (02/02/1957)

Tempest is assigned to see that the wife of the Governor of Barbados, Lady Hilary Winrod, is delivered safely to her husband, along with a top secret message from the British Admiralty. Knowing of Dan’s past as a buccaneer, Hilary is reluctant to accompany him and later tries to escape. But she changes her mind about Dan after he rescues her from a Spanish Captain and completes the mission to Barbados.

The Return of Calico Jack (02/09/1957)

Calico Jack Rackam takes advantage of Tempest’s absence and consorts with Van Brugh in a plan to steal the Sultana’s cargo of valuable goods from the Merchants of New Providence. Beamish and acting-skipper Gaff must then cooperate with one another in order to thwart the plan.

Ghost Ship (02/16/1957)

Dan must convince his frightened crew that the would-be ghost ship is not piloted by the undead. Tempest and Crew encounter a seemingly deserted ship which, unbeknownst to them, is a front for a gang of pirates, used to lure innocent seamen away from their ships. After Dickon is taken prisoner on the ‘ghost ship’ the pirates slip away but Dan devises a plan to lure them back so that they can rescue Dickon and arrest the pirates.

Conquistador (02/20/1957)

A Spaniard by the name of Don Estaban has overtaken the Sultana and holds Tempest and Crew prisoner on their own ship. Estaban then executes a scheme to turn the people of New Providence against Tempest, while he consorts with Van Brugh in a plan to demand a ransom from Beamish. But Tempest manages to escape, releases his Crew, and re-takes his ship in time to foil Estaban’s plan and clear his name.

Conquest of New Providence (03/06/1957)

Tempest and Crew return from a long voyage to find that New Providence has fallen to Don Estaban and his Conquistadors. Tempest makes his way ashore and, with the help of Armando’s wife, Maria, devises a plan to re-take the island, which is complicated by a traitor in the British ranks.

Hurricane (03/16/1957)

After a hurricane devastates Nassau funds are desperately needed to rebuild. Tempest learns of a Spanish Treasury ship that has run aground in the storm on a nearby island and he and Crew set sail to find it. While Gaff tries to divert the Spaniards’ attention in the Sultana, Tempest and Armando try to recover the treasure with the help of some native islanders.

Cutlass Wedding (03/20/1957)

Fed up with the lack on New Providence of men willing to marry, Miss Abigail and some of the lady settlers buy a longboat and row for Jamaica in the hope of catching a ship back to England. Tempest and Crew give chase and catch up with them on a small island where they must rescue them from some French pirates who are holding them prisoner and intend to sell them as slaves .

Aztec Treasure (03/27/1957)

Tempest and Crew encounter a sailor by the name of Martin who claims to know the whereabouts of the Aztec treasure known as The Fiery Mirror: a huge, solid gold wheel as thick as a man’s fist. Tempest agrees to go looking for it and, when he and Martin find it and try to take it, they are held prisoner and put on trial by Indians for the attempted theft.

Mistress Higgins' Treasure (05/11/1957)

While trying to sneak into a Virginia port to deliver some farm tools without paying the unfair taxes on them, Dan and his crew (with the help of a local schoolmarm) uncover a racket involving outrageously high export fees and the looting of cargo ships.

To The Rescue (05/18/1957)

Dan and Crew are summoned to Savannah by Paula Meadows to try to help Paula’s uncle get a fair price for his tobacco crop. The Uncle is bound by law to accept the unfairly low price offered by The South Carolina Trading Company and his crop is being held in the Governor’s warehouse. So Dan comes up with a scheme to get hold of the tobacco and get a fair price for it by utilizing Maritime Law.

The Decoy (05/25/1957)

Dan and crew encounter a woman with a story about her husband being held captive by pirates on a deserted island.  At first Dan thinks it is a trick to lure them and their valuable cargo, but he soon finds that the woman's story is the truth and that her predicament is part of a complicated plot involving Governor Johnson of South Carolina (an old foe of Dan's), who is known as the Turk.  The Turk wants to take possession of her prosperous plantation AND steal the Sultana's valuable cargo.

Instrument of War (05/29/1957)

Summoned to an island prison off Carolina , Dan is asked to transport a Scottish prisoner to the Commissioner at Port Royal, to argue the case of unjustly-jailed Scots. Dan agrees to help but gets caught in the act and soon lands in prison, along with his intended passenger, awaiting the hangman ’s noose. But they call the other Highlanders to their aid, with an unusual, but very powerful, instrument of war.

Pirate Honor (06/05/1957)

During a shore leave in Georgetown Dan and Crew go to the aid of the son and widow of an old shipmate of Dan’s, who are being pressured by a corrupt official to reveal the whereabouts of a stash of buried treasure

Actors: Robert Shaw
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Matinee Classics - The Buccaneers starring Robert Shaw, Paul Hansard, Brian Rawlinson, Edwin Richfield, Peter Hammond and Neil Hallett
Matinee Classics - The Buccaneers starring Robert Shaw, Paul Hansard, Brian Rawlinson, Edwin Richfield, Peter Hammond and Neil Hallett
Matinee Classics - The Buccaneers starring Robert Shaw, Paul Hansard, Brian Rawlinson, Edwin Richfield, Peter Hammond and Neil Hallett
Matinee Classics - The Buccaneers starring Robert Shaw, Paul Hansard, Brian Rawlinson, Edwin Richfield, Peter Hammond and Neil Hallett

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