Look and Read: Captain Crimson

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started14th Apr 1997
ended9th Jun 1997
last rpt26th Mar 2010
14 school years
duration20 mins
subject 📚EnglishLanguage & Reading
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English
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Captain Crimson is a unit of the BBC schools TV series Look and Read from the 1990s and 2000s, covering Language and Reading for primary school pupils.

This page about the Look and Read story Captain Crimson is not yet finished.
But you can still read my old web pages about the story at the Internet Archive Wayback Machine on this link:
Look and Read.myby.co.uk - Captain Crimson

Another of these Look and Read Specials for the Summer term (cf. 1995's LRTV), this at least has a much closer resemblance to the traditional L&R format in that the focus is definitely on telling the story, and in fact there is no explicit language learning, just a few key words flashed up on the screen now and then.

The story is about a comic book artist called Jeff, whose signature strip is the sci-fi adventures of Captain Crimson and his crew. In the first episode, Jeff's son Tom and his friend Amy make up the ending to one of the strips, sending the Captain through a black hole. This results in the Captain appearing in real life, in the form of comedian Felix Dexter. Tom, Amy and Tom's grandmother Whizz then have to hide the Captain from being discovered by Jeff or anybody else as he goes on various adventures discovering the real world until finally being returned to his comic strip. A running subplot involved Jeff's infatuation with the local librarian Gina.


Quick episode list

# Title Broadcast
1. Escape From The Black of Beyond 14 Apr 1997
2. Guzzle Trouble 21 Apr 1997
3. Banana Drama 28 Apr 1997
4. A Giant Celebration 9 May 1997
5. It'll All Come Out in the Wash 12 May 1997
6. Take The Bull By The Horns 19 May 1997
7. Operation Recovery 2 Jun 1997
8. Black to the Future 9 Jun 1997

Episode listings from the old BBC Online Schedules.

Num Title Broadcast
1. Escape From The Black of Beyond 14 Apr 1997
  Fearless comic book hero Captain Crimson is stranded in hyperspace facing a fate worse than death, when his writer and creator Jeff gets writer's block. Jeff's 10-year-old son comes to the rescue and writes the captain's escape through a black hole.
2. Guzzle Trouble 21 Apr 1997
  Comic-book hero Captain Crimson creates havoc in the real world and is nearly arrested in a local cafe when he discovers real food.
3. Banana Drama 28 Apr 1997
  Captain Crimson and his friends inadvertently become caught up in a bank raid. The captain is taken hostage, but eventually he saves the day.
4. A Giant Celebration 9 May 1997
  When Gary the Gladiator knocks himself out at Amy's gladiator challenge birthday party, things look doomed to failure - until Captain Crimson comes to the rescue.
5. It'll All Come Out in the Wash 12 May 1997
  Thomas and Amy are doing the café's weekly wash at the local launderette, but Captain Crimson's determination to help only makes things worse.
6. Take The Bull By The Horns 19 May 1997
  Whizz takes Captain Crimson and the children for a quiet picnic in the countryside, but forgets to warn the Captain not to wear his crimson cape near a bull.
7. Operation Recovery 2 Jun 1997
  When comic book hero Captain Crimson falls ill, the doctor thinks he is a medical miracle and whisks him into hospital for various operations. Can the children rescue him?
8. Black to the Future 9 Jun 1997
  Gina has a plan to get Captain Crimson back to his ship - but he has disappeared. Can they find him in time to make the plan work?


Starring Felix Dexter as Captain Crimson

Ben Brooks as Thomas Rickard
Helen Ryan as Whizz
Paul Bigley as Jeff Rickard
Lucy Wood as Amy
Beverley Hills as Gina Clough

Voices Peter Serafinowcz (sic)
Janet Ellis
Paul Clayton
and Paul Cawley
Written by Elly Brewer
Music by Debbie Wiseman
Designer Alan Spalding
Executive producer Frank Flynn
Producer Cas Lester
Directors Cas Lester
Champa Patel-Smith
Education officer Chris Hughes
Production manager Terry Wright
Assistant floor manager Jonathan Barden
Programme coordinator Nicki Coles
Programme cost coordinator Paulette Gardnier
Graphic designer Ian Wormleighton
Illustrators Mark Bennington
Nick Brennan
Fran Brennan
Video effects Ian Simpson
Properties buyer Francis Smith
Property masters Martin Carley
Simon Bailey
Make-up designer Claire Whitely
Costume designer Eric Doughney
Digital sound editor Kian Wong
Dubbing mixer Pip Norton
Sound recordist John Pritchard
Gaffer Max Foster
Grip James Grimes
Lighting cameraman Mike Radford
Online editor Duncan Bragg
Offline editor Peter Harris


Here is a list of all of the broadcasts of this story on the BBC. See the Schedules section for precise dates and times.



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