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Fraggle Rock
A Fraggle Rock co-production
Country UK
First aired January 7, 1984
Last aired
Network ITV
Seasons 7
Doc UK1

The Captain building a model in 'The Garden Plot'

Fraggle Rock UK open01:26

Fraggle Rock UK open

UK opening sequence for Seasons 2-3

Fraggle Rock's first produced international co-production was the English UK version, though the French and German versions began airing sooner. The segments within the Muppet world of Fraggle Rock are identical to the American version, however the segments from outer space (i.e. the Doc & Sprocket and Traveling Matt segments) were changed to fit the UK audience.

Fraggle Rock was located on a rock headland or island on a sea coast. There is a lighthouse on the island. The lighthouse was the home of the Captain, a retired sailor and the UK version of the Doc character, played by Fulton MacKay. Sprocket was still his companion, however.

Due to MacKay's death in 1987, the Captain was replaced in the fourth UK season by a younger character known as P.K. (Principal Keeper, the Captain's nephew), played by John Gordon Sinclair and again in the sixth UK season by another character, B.J. (the Captain's son), played by Simon O'Brien.

The episode order and Captain story-lines were different than the original North American version. One particular difference is that the Captain is slightly more harsh towards Sprocket than Doc is.

The UK co-production was the only one to take the series through to the end. France and Germany ended before episode 96.

A selection of episodes was released on VHS. A petition to have Fraggle Rock released on DVD was run on the web for many years; until 2004 the only DVD release had been in the UK, a "best of" collection of 12 episodes in a grainy transfer from the VHS release. TVS, the original broadcasters, has passed through several owners since 1992 and of the 96 episodes, only 12 master copies were known to still be in existence. HIT Entertainment has tried unsuccessfully to locate the missing episodes, including extensive enquiries with The Jim Henson Company both in the UK and the US. (For a detailed list of UK video and DVD releases, see Fraggle Rock UK Videography.)

An effort by fan Alex Taylor to track down the episodes in whatever format is available has confirmed that at least 29 episodes exist in broadcast quality, with 83 episodes existing in some form. Thirteen episodes are unaccounted for in any format. [1]

When UK television channels wish to broadcast the show, they are forced to use US versions; such was the case with Cartoon Network in 2004.

During March 1985 Uncle Travelling Matt did one month of live presentation for CITV, the children's afternoon programming block on ITV. A Live-Hand Muppet version of Matt, performed by Dave Goelz, was used for these appearances, which were broadcast from Central House, the home of Central Independent Television, the successor to ATV, in Birmingham. Matt would announce all the children's programming, except Fraggle Rock itself. Each Wednesday afternoon just before the show was broadcast, Matt would somehow be distracted and remain unaware his fellow Fraggles were on TV.


Assistant: Mike Quinn (season 1-4), Geoff Felix (season 4-5)

Episode Guide

Picture Episode Summary
Episode 101: Beginnings The Captain And Sprocket move into the lighthouse for the first time. A clip from this episode is shown on the "Down at Fraggle Rock" documentary.
Episode 109: The Terrible Tunnel Sprocket returns from the beach with a horseshoe, which the Captain assumes will bring good luck. Uncle Matt's postcard is the same as in the US version.
Episode 110: Don't Cry Over Spilt Milk Like the U.S. version, Gobo accidentally gets himself trapped in Outer Space when the Captain decides to board up the Fraggle hole. Meanwhile, Uncle Matt comes across a big red postbox, which he assumes to be a "paper-eater". He then proceeds to "feed" it with his postcard to Gobo.
The Bells of Fraggle Rock (Christmas special) Sprocket and the Captain anxiously wait for the arrival of their special Christmas dinner during a storm on Christmas Eve.

Episode 201: Capture the Moon Sprocket has insomnia and cannot stop howling at the full moon. Meanwhile, Matt thinks tea drinking is the Silly Creatures' way of bathing their upper-lips.

Episode 202: Marooned The Captain and Sprocket are snowed in, and Sprocket refuses to let Fluffinella into the lighthouse for shelter. Meanwhile, Uncle Matt encounters the "lair of the long red giants" (double decker buses).

Episode 203: The Minstrels Sprocket thinks he has musical talent, but the Captain begs to differ. Uncle Traveling Matt is horrified at the sight of a Scotsman playing a bagpipe, thinking the bagpipe is a monster which the Silly Creature is strangling.
Episode 204: The Great Radish Famine Sprocket has fleas, and The Captain gets rid of them using a concoction of stale radishes and kipper oil.
Episode 207: Gobo's Discovery The Captain cheers for a fellow voyager returning from his journey on the sea. Uncle Matt's postcard is the same as in the US version.

Matt radishes
Episode 208: Mokey's Funeral Sprocket is upset when the Captain accuses him of eating the bread that he left out for the seagulls. The dog decides to run away at first, until the Captain realizes he forgot to put the bread out and apologizes. Uncle Matt "gathers" radishes from a produce stand, and is pursued by "Gorgs" (angry Silly Creatures, actually).
Episode 209: The Beast of Blue Rock Sprocket is afraid to see the vet when he gets sick.
Episode 210: Wembley's Egg
Episode 211: Booberock


Matt sale
Episode 219: A Friend in Need Like the U.S. version, Sprocket gets stuck in the Fraggle hole and Gobo tries to help free him, while the Captain tries to remove a tight ring from his finger. Meanwhile, Uncle Matt visits a great race (actually a Selfridges department store sale).
Episode 221: The Doozer Contest
Episode 222: Red's Club The Captain tries to form a birdwatchers' club, but only Sprocket will join. Uncle Traveling Matt discovers a way to control a species of big yellow creatures: just yell "Taxi!" and they'll stop.
Episode 401: Born to Wander Sprocket meets his new owner, PK, the Captain's nephew, but the two don't seem to get along.
Episode 411: Pebble Pox Blues Sprocket catches a cold and is made fun of by PK, who boasts that his exercising prevents him from getting sick. In the end, Sprocket recovers, but now PK ends up with the flu. Uncle Matt's postcard is the same as in the US version.
Episode 511: Wembley and the Mean Genie PK practices magic tricks with Sprocket for a Christmas party. Uncle Matt's postcard is the same as in the US version.
Episode 601: Gone, But Not Forgotten Sprocket has a hard time adjusting to change when his new owner, BJ arrives at the lighthouse.



Episode 712: Change of Address The plot is nearly the same as the original U.S. version, except that the lighthouse is being automated by electronic machines, which means that there is no longer a need for a keeper. After BJ and Sprocket leave, Gobo leads his friends to the lighthouse where the other Fraggle four unsuccessfully try to communicate with the new machines. Gobo then finds a note from BJ simply saying his last goodbye. Meanwhile, BJ takes up a job as caretaker at a castle, which is where he and Sprocket discover the second Fraggle hole.


Unlike the French and German co-productions, this international co-production of Fraggle Rock has a longer opening, mostly involving the shot of the lighthouse. Because of the change in actor, there were three different opening titles produced. The first three series had two different openings with the Captain, while the rest of the show's run had one opening per keeper. There were also two alternate openings, including one with Sprocket alone in the lighthouse, as seen in "Born to Wander". In addition, the theme tune has now been edited with additional sound effects. The first half of the opening from the second and third series (ending after the Fraggles' first verse) was included at the end of the Fraggle Rock Season Two DVD Interviews segment titled "Docs And Sprockets".


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Fraggle Rock UK Crew Shirt

UK airdates


The Doozer ring from 'A Friend In Need'

Series 1

Christmas Special

Series Two

Series Three

Series Four

Series Five

Series Six

Series Seven



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