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Promotional photo of the cast of Pirates.
Genre Children's
Written by Rebecca Stevens
Peter Tabern
Matthew Tabern
Dave Freedman
Alan Gilbey
Michael Malaghan
Directed by Peter Tabern
Starring Liz Smith
Paul Bown
Andrew Sachs
Hayley Elliott
Benjamin Rennis
Rebecca Stevens
Toby Sedgwick
Theme music composer Jonathan Cohen
Composer(s) Jonathan Cohen
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 24
Executive producer(s) Albert Barber
Jeremy Swan
Producer(s) Peter Tabern
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Childsplay Productions
Distributor Link Entertainment
Original network BBC One
Picture format 4:3
Original release 6 October 1994 (1994-10-06) – 26 August 1997 (1997-08-26)

Pirates is a British children's television sitcom about a family of pirates whose ship runs aground in North London, and they decide to live in a council house on Wordsworth Terrace, located in the same area. The series ran from 1994 to 1997 on Children's BBC.


Lambkin Bones played by Hayley Elliott

Lambkin Bones is Roger's daughter. She is a fun-loving sassy tomboy who has a secret underneath her tough exterior - she doesn't like the sea.

Roger Bones played by Paul Bown

Roger Bones is a single father who is the matriarch of the family. He has a slightly sarcastic personality, and cannot co-ordinate things to achieve what he wants.

Gran played by Liz Smith

Gran is Roger's eccentric mother-in-law. Considering herself "a pirate and a half", she is a dab hand with a blunderbuss, and isn't afraid to fight hard. As the family's cook, her speciality is "mince pies made of squirmy things".

Lawrence Kitten played by Benjamin Rennis

Lawrence Kitten is a preteen streetwise boy who lives next door to the Bones family. Although he is often bemused by the family's antics, he and Lambkin are good friends.

Grog Blossom Kate played by Rebecca Stevens

Grog Blossom Kate is one of Gran's old pirate crew from many years ago, who joins the Bones family when Gran herself invites her for a get-together. She sometimes clashes with Roger, who does not get on very well with her.

Minor characters

Pustule the Macaw

Gran's pet macaw.

Man in the Sack played by Toby Sedgwick

The Man in the Sack is a member of the Bones family whose identity is unknown, as his whole body is obscured by a sack.

Mr. Jones played by Andrew Sachs

Mr. Jones is the Kittens' other next door neighbour, who leads a secret double life as the pirate Basmati Bill.

Baby Bones

The youngest member of the Bones family, who is never seen, but his presence is often noted by a green glow coming out of his black pram.


Series 1

# Title Air Date
1 "A Wordsworth Welcome" 6 October 1994 (6 October 1994)
Life will never be the same again in Wordsworth Terrace when Lawrence Kitten wakes up to find that a real pirate family has moved in next door to him.
2 "First Day at School" 13 October 1994 (13 October 1994)
Lambkin's first day at school gets her into trouble with the school thugs. Luckily, said thugs haven't counted upon what pirates keep in their school bags.
3 "The Health Visitor" 20 October 1994 (20 October 1994)
A fate worse than death lies in store for the Bones family when Jill Crutchworthy the Health Visitor arrives to weigh Baby Bones. To add to that, she has to contend with the family's dog and an aerobically challenged Gran.
4 "The Black Spot" 27 October 1994 (27 October 1994)
On the eve of Gran's 84th birthday, she has a nightmare that Blind Pew is trying to give her the Black Spot.
5 "Meet Molly" 3 November 1994 (3 November 1994)
Gran has an encounter with Roger's fearsome ex-wife, and her daughter, Molly Blood, and a piratical style custody battle ensues. Fortunately, Lambkin has the last say.
6 "Merry Pirate Christmas" 22 December 1994 (22 December 1994)
Christmas is approaching, and the Bones family are getting into the festive spirit - that is, except for Gran, who bricks up the chimney to stop Santa from getting in.

Series 2

# Title Air Date
1 "Leader of the Gran" 4 October 1995 (4 October 1995)
Gran wants to gather together her old gang of pirates from many years ago, but Roger is determined not to let one of them, Grog Blossom Kate, onto the premises.
2 "Face to Face" 11 October 1995 (11 October 1995)
Lawrence's mum comes face to face with Molly Blood, who has made a surprise return. At the same time, Gran overhears a plan to throw her onto the scrap heap, and Roger discovers that he has three wishes.
3 "Penpal in the Sack" 18 October 1995 (18 October 1995)
A reluctant Roger is persuaded by Gran to impersonate the Man in the Sack when the bag dweller's penpal is expected to visit Wordsworth Terrace - unaware that said penpal looks just like the Man in the Sack.
4 "Looking After Baby" 25 October 1995 (25 October 1995)
While Gran is away in America, Roger is asked to look after Baby Bones for her. But when he won't stop crying, Roger is forced to call Jill Crutchworthy the Health Visitor again.
5 "Gran's Back!" 1 November 1995 (1 November 1995)
Continuing on from the last episode, Gran returns from America with Lambkin's Cajun cousin, Floozie le Touzel, a girl whom Gran says has a mysterious condition. But Lambkin is convinced the two of them are up to something.
6 "The Sinister Visitor" 8 November 1995 (8 November 1995)
Gran reveals that she can foresee the future by reading anybody's feet - and she also reveals that the evil Gladiolus Thripp will arrive, forcing Molly Blood into hiding.

Series 3

# Title Air Date
1 "Garden of the Year" 18 March 1997 (18 March 1997)
Roger makes plans to win the Garden of the Year contest, and show his family what he's really made of.
2 "Lowkin" 25 March 1997 (25 March 1997)
Lambkin wakes up one morning suffering from low self-esteem. At the same time, Roger finds out that he has been made a member of Mr. Jones' golf club, unaware that it's a front for Basmati Bill's pirate crew.
3 "Granny Day Care" 1 April 1997 (1 April 1997)
To prove himself as a worthy member of the Bones family, Roger attempts to put Gran in a care home.
4 "School Daze" 8 April 1997 (8 April 1997)
Two headteachers assess Baby Bones for a placement in Wordsworth Infant School - with guidance by Roger and Molly Blood - but it looks like Roger is also in need of some schooling.
5 "A Dish Best Served Poorly" 15 April 1997 (15 April 1997)
In a revenge act for Roger's attempt to put her in a care home, Gran takes all of the Bones family's gold, leaving them impoverished.
6 "It Takes a Conman..." 22 April 1997 (22 April 1997)
Reports of a ruthless conman in Wordsworth Terrace put each and every member of the Bones family on their guard.
7 "Long Gone Silver: Part 1" 29 April 1997 (29 April 1997)
A pirate who goes by the name of Long Gong Silver visits Wordsworth Terrace, but when he breaks his leg in an "accident", it disrupts Roger and Molly's plans, and he has to stay.
8 "Long Gone Silver: Part 2" 6 May 1997 (6 May 1997)
Whilst Lone Gone Silver is under the Bones family's care, Grog Blossom Kate is taken in by Silver's charm and wants to learn his ways of making fortunes. At the same time, Roger becomes determined to win a pumpkin growing competition.
9 "Gail Warning" 5 August 1997 (5 August 1997)
A fellow pirate who goes by the name of Gail Fleshy arrives in Wordsworth Terrace. At the same time, Grog Blossom Kate is conned into parting with the Bones family's possessions. Could the two events be connected?
10 "Supermarket Sneak" 12 August 1997 (12 August 1997)
Roger finds that he has been offered to represent Wordsworth Terrace in a fund-raising trolley dash. He tries to get out of it, but since it would mean he would finally get recognition, he agrees.
11 "The Duel" 19 August 1997 (19 August 1997)
Roger feels left out when Mrs. Kitten is offered to work for Sir Richard Vane. And to make matters worse, he is challenged to a duel by Long Gone Silver.
12 "Farewell Wordsworth" 26 August 1997 (26 August 1997)
The bailiffs remove Roger's possessions when he loses the Bones family's fortune, and Gran is left with no choice but to move the family out of Wordsworth Terrace.

International Broadcast

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