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The Mersey Pirate
Genre Children
Presented by Duggie Brown
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Stephen Leahy
Location(s) UK
Running time 120 minutes
Production company(s) Granada Television
Original network ITV
Picture format Colour
Original release 2 June – 4 August 1980

The Mersey Pirate was a British children's television programme that was shown in 1980. Based aboard a ship (The Royal Iris) anchored at Liverpool Docks in the River Mersey, it was produced by Granada Television and was introduced to fill the Saturday morning summer break taken by Tiswas.

The programme's presenters were Duggie Brown, Frank Carson, Bernard Wrigley and Billy Butler. Actors Andrew Schofield and Ray Kingsley, who would later work together on the television series Scully, played stowaways. Various guests appeared on the series including The Dooleys, Bad Manners, The Undertones, and Star Wars star David Prowse (who was equally known in the UK for his persona as The Green Cross Code Man at the time).

Most ITV regions showed the programme, though several (including Anglia, Tyne Tees, and Channel Television) did not. The show had been due to run throughout the summer of 1980, but its run was cut short due to the ITV network strike that ran from August to October that year.

The following year another Granada production, Fun Factory, took the Summer Saturday morning slot.

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5 news items

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Echo
Mon, 13 Jul 2009 04:09:29 -0700

Families flocked to the Albert Dock on Saturday for the first Mersey Pirate Muster – a day of pirate-themed fun. A team of storytellers and history re-enactors brought to life colourful characters from the days of the swashbuckling sailors. Youngsters ...

Wirral Globe

Wirral Globe
Sun, 10 Jun 2012 04:08:16 -0700

Visitors to the free family event will have a chance to join the Mersey pirate navy and watch a pirate parade. The Pirate Muster was staged at the Albert Dock, Liverpool for two years, before moving to Wirral last year. Setting the scene, co-creator ...

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Echo
Sat, 06 Feb 2010 00:24:01 -0800

Known then as the “fish and chip boat” because of the food sold at events it was hired out for, the boat was later painted white over a blue hull, and found brief fame in the “Mersey Pirate” TV series in the late 1970s. Mr Curry said: “I remember her ...

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Echo
Sat, 04 Jun 2011 00:36:14 -0700

Doug Darroch, curator of Fort Perch Rock, host this year to the Mersey Pirate Muster on August 7, says: “We have a Merseybeat museum here and have regular concerts.We fly the flag spiritually and emotionally.” The Beatles played at New Brighton's Tower ...

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Echo
Sat, 11 Jul 2009 11:59:08 -0700

Hundreds of families headed to the Albert Dock today for Liverpool's first Mersey Pirate Muster. A team of story tellers, history re-enactors and maritime brought to life colourful characters from the days of pirates as they searched for the Lost ...

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