|Author||George MacDonald Fraser|
Written in arch, ironic style and containing a great deal of deliberate anachronism, it traces the adventures of a classic hero (Captain Benjamin Avery, RN, very loosely based on Henry Avery), multiple damsels in distress, and the six captains who lead the infamous Coast Brotherhood (Calico Jack Rackham, Black Bilbo, Firebeard, Happy Dan Pew, Akbar the Terrible and Sheba the She-Wolf). It also concerns the charismatic anti-hero, Colonel Thomas Blood (cashiered), a rakish dastard who is loosely modeled on the historical figure, Thomas Blood. All of the above face off against the malevolently hilarious Spanish viceroy of Cartagena, Don Lardo. The book's 400 pages of continuous action travel from England to Madagascar to various Caribbean ports of call along the Spanish Main.
1986 TV version
|Directed by||Andrew Gosling|
|Produced by||Ian Keill|
|Written by||Mervyn Haisman|
|Based on||the novel by George MacDonald Fraser|
|Music by||Rodney Newton|
|Edited by||Dave Hambelton|
|Distributed by||BBC Two|
|21 December 1986|
A television adaptation starring Marcus Gilbert and Jane Snowden was shown on BBC2 on 28 December 1986.
The film was one of a number made by the team of Andrew Gosling and Ian Keill.
- Marcus Gilbert as Captain Ben Avery
- Tom Adams as Calico Jack Rackham
- Josette Simon as Sheba
- Malcolm Stoddard as Colonel Blood
- Nicholas Gecks as Happy Dan Pew
- Wanda Ventham as Anne Bonney
- Tatyana Colombo as Donna Meliflua
- John Savident as Don Lardo
- Robin Bailey as Solomon
- Howard Lang as Captain Yardley
- John Rapley as Samuel Pepys
- Howard Goorney as Groonbaun
- Nosher Powell as Firebeard
- Richard Davies as Dai Lemmer
Captain in Calico
Much of the material had been covered in a novel Fraser wrote in 1959, Captain in Calico. This novel was published after his death.
- Fraser, George MacDonald (2002). The Light's On at Signpost. HarperCollins. p. 311.
- "BBC 1". The Times. 27 December 1986. p. 41.
- Keill, Ian (1 June 2016). "Andrew Gosling obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
- Michael Phillips, T., "Timing and finesse arrr off in 'Pyrates'", Chicago Tribune, June 30, 2004.
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