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Series cast summary:
Robert Shaw ...  Capt. Dan Tempest 37 episodes, 1956-1957
Paul Hansard Paul Hansard ...  Taffy / ... 36 episodes, 1956-1957
Brian Rawlinson Brian Rawlinson ...  Gaff Guernsay / ... 35 episodes, 1956-1957
Edwin Richfield ...  Crewman Armando 32 episodes, 1956-1957
Peter Hammond ...  Lt. Edward Beamish 26 episodes, 1956-1957
Roy Purcell Roy Purcell ...  1st Spanish Guard / ... 23 episodes, 1956-1957
Neil Hallett ...  Bosun Bassett / ... 22 episodes, 1956-1957
Wilfred Downing Wilfred Downing ...  Crewman Dickon / ... 17 episodes, 1956-1957
Willoughby Gray ...  Pop / ... 17 episodes, 1956-1957
Dennis Lacey Dennis Lacey ...  1st Spanish Sailor / ... 16 episodes, 1956-1957


Captain Dan Tempest was an ex-pirate who received a pardon from the King and turned privateer after his stronghold of New Providence was taken over by Crown soldiers. Tempest and Lt. Beamish, the Crown-appointed deputy governor, were uneasy allies, fighting the Spanish privateers who were ravaging the Caribbean. Written by Marg Baskin <>

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Release Date:

22 September 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merten seikkailijat See more »

Filming Locations:

Falmouth, Cornwall, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs


(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many years after making "The Buccaneers," Robert Shaw would be cast again as a pirate in the Hollywood movie, "Swashbuckler." See more »


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The Buccaneers theme song
1 April 2014 | by jagough49See all my reviews

Let's go a-roving, / a-roving across the ocean. / O, let's go a-roving, / And join the buccaneers!

The theme-tune was jaunty. They all were, for these classic children's TV shows. (Did adults ever watch them? By contrast, children and adults happily watched the American series such as "Tales of Texas Rangers" a Western that alternated modern and old stories, "Whirlybird" about a charter helicopter service, "Seahunt" about frogmen, and "Cannonball" about long-haul big-rig trucking.) The pattern for these British historical TV series had been set by "Robin Hood", starring Richard Green. "Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen. Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men. Feared by the bad, loved by the good, Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood". There were verses, about vowing to serve his king, and still having plenty of time to sing ... Chorus, repeats. Memorable.

"The Buccaneers" was great fun, as long as you ignored the serious side of piracy, law, fighting, ... But serious violence was not the issue. Zorro carved his "Zee", and occasionally pinked an opponent in a furious fencing duel. The good cowboy shot the gun out of the hand of the bad cowboy. The buccaneer with the heart of gold punched his opponents, knocked them out with a belaying pin, or tossed them overboard.

Plots were mainly about uncovering dastardly plots, righting wrongs, defending the vulnerable, and generally proving that a former pirate was really on the side of the angels.

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