the great BBC 1993 Children Programme archive purge.
They... They did WHAT??!?
Yes, infamous and really horrible! In 1993 the archive director decided to junk a lot of childrens tv programming. Yes, there are shows that late which no longer exist in the archive. 8 out of 13 episodes of Chockablock no longer exist.
The Cushing 1984 situation annoys me. I have seen it on youtube and thought it was fabulous. I would pay money for a copy, even if wasn't remastered. Such a good production. I never really 'got' 1984 until I saw that version. It's famous enough that I would think it would be commercially viable. Sure it wouldn't sell gangbusters but I would imagine it would sell enough to be viable.