BBC Worldwide Music and Demon's Digital department are pleased to release the ‘Space Pirates Theme’ as a download only single in time for the UK Christmas Charts. The audio single released 10th December 2007 will be available from leading music download and mobile stores.
A Video download cover version of Auld Lang Syne performed by the puppet rat characters “Jingles” will also be available online from iTunes and leading mobile stores.
Space Pirates is a live action TV music series that kick starts the weekend as part of the 'Big Fun Time' zone. The programme started on November 3rd 2007 and shows every Saturday & Sunday on BBC’s children television channel CBeebies and CBeebies Radio (BBC7) also plays host to the show during the daily 2-5 pm slot.
The Space Pirates show is a musical feast for the ears as children are treated to thirty minutes of music from a variety of genres and influences. Captain DJ's motley crew includes space-wise kids Honk and Tonk, Lippy the talking microphone, and alien barnacle Zorst (voiced by Dominic Byrne from the Chris Moyles show) who reads the travel news and weather report. Also part of the merry gang is Jolly Roger the grumpy flag and raucous house band Jingles, made of three puppet rats with rhythm - Windy, Brassy and Stringy.
Space Pirates features musical guests and genres from all over the world - performances have been filmed in Papua New Guinea, Beijing, Australia and South Africa, as well as the UK. Viewers can look forward to guest appearances from artists who might be beamed aboard or performing on location including McFly, Jamelia, Riverdance, The Blue Man Group, Julie Felix and String Fever. Pop videos classics such as YMCA, James Brown, Christina Aguilera and Scissor Sisters are highlights of the show, and Jingles bring their own unique twist to proceedings with their weekly performances of cover versions including tracks by The Beatles, Madonna, The Monkees, The Beach Boys and U2.
Space Pirates regular weekend slots are: 09.00 & 15:00 on Saturday and at 11.30 & 17.30 on Sunday. The show will transmit weekdays over the Christmas holidays (weeks 51 & 52) as well as weekends. Nine shows will be transmitted over the Christmas weeks.