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Captain Pugwash is a BBC TV children's series which has gained cult status based on rumours about the character names featured in the series (risqué maritime names such as Master Bates, Seaman Staines, and Roger the Cabin Boy). In fact, the crew of the famous Black Pig ship were Master Mate, Tom the Cabin Boy, and Pirates Barnabas and Willy (there were no characters with the designation of 'Seaman' in the show.) Series creator John Ryan successfully won retractions and settlements from the Sunday Correspondent and the Guardian after both newspapers claimed that the show's characters did indeed have smutty names, and that the BBC had taken it off the air as a result.

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