For many people the BBC's adaptation of John Paul Sartre's novels that comprise "The Roads to Freedom" was one of the finest series ever made for television. It stands today amongst the greats even after all this time.
For years the BBC cloaked the existence of recordings in secrecy, leading to the belief that no recordings existed. This year a few hundred people were privileged to see the whole series screened at the British Film Institute in London. It sold out.
Just after, its director James Cellan Jones wrote:
"I directed Roads to Freedom for the BBC in 1970. It had some faults but was one of the best things I've ever done; it was repeated on BBC2 in 1976/7. It was shown at the NFT on May 12th & 13th, 2012 to full houses at both sessions. This was entirely due to Marcus Prince of the BFI who persuaded the BBC to lend them new copies.
I would love to see this show broadcast again and was encouraged by the enthusiasm of the NFT audience who I advised to write to the BBC requesting a retransmission or the publication of of it on DVD."
Now we know that it exists, this petition is designed to show the BBC that there is a demand in the UK and overseas for:
- screenings on BBC television
- release of a DVD worldwide of the series.
http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0159910/ Film database
Amazon discussion http://www.amazon.co.uk/forum/television?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=FxI304LK3PC5VN&cdThread=TxACMQV1W8FZUB
Georgia Brown singing the theme tune http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFnY-TP8468
WE ask the BBC, now that exhibition quality prints exist, to arrange as soon as practicable for the showing on one of its channels the adaption of Jean Paul Satre's "The Roads to Freedom" and for its world-wide distribution on DVD.
The Show BBC's "Roads to Freedom" (1970) petition to BBC was written by Peter D Cox and is in the category Television at GoPetition.