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Firefly first officially came to the UK on the SciFi Channel (Satellite and Cable) on Monday May 12th, 2003. Of course, some viewers had already seen it by less official means, and news of its quality had filtered across the Atantic.

Sadly, so had news of its cancellation - its fate was sealed before we even started to watch.

Despite this, SciFi UK treated Firefly well. The episodes were shown IN THE CORRECT ORDER, the two parts of Serenity (Pilot) on that Monday evening, and repeated several times during the week, then the second part of Serenity followed by The Train Job the second week, which was also repeated. This 2-episode pattern continued throughout the series, which ended with the international first TV showing of the US "Unaired" episodes, The Message, Heart of Gold and Objects in Space.

Since then, SciFi has repeated the full series several times, including in the lead-up to the release of Serenity.

Firefly has never, however, been shown on Terrestrial TV in the UK, and so has never been available to the majority of viewers.

Despite this, UK Browncoats are strong and devoted.

The UK was proud to host the World Premiere of Serenity at the 59th Edinburgh Film Festival on Monday, 22nd August 2005, the first Firefly-devoted convention, Starfury:Serenity (May 2005?) and many other exciting events.

This is the history of the UK Browncoats.

(I intend to follow this with a list of Browncoat events, with dates, short reports, a few photos, and links to more detailed reports and photos scattered around the Net. Any help, links, or reminders gratefully recieved!)


2003Edit

Firefly shown on SciFi UKEdit

May 2003

2004Edit

Starfury:FusionEdit

30th April - 2nd May

Norbreck Castle, Blackpool

Guests included Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau and Jewel Staite.

First Manchester ShindigEdit

September 2004

Night and Day Cafe, Oldham Street

Starfury:The White RoomEdit

29th - 31st October

Thistle Hotel, Heathrow

Guests included Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau and Morena Baccaran.

Second Manchester ShindigEdit

December 2004

Night and Day Cafe, Oldham Street,

2005Edit

London screening of rough-cut of Serenity at BAFTA.Edit

8th February 2005

Independants' DayEdit

28th February 2005

Caxton Theatre, Grimsby

Organised by Fade2dust

Big Damn BrowncoatsEdit

26th March 2005 9:15-18:00

National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford

(Organised by Mireilleisis)

Showings of 7 Firefly episodes on a big screen, raffle, Browncoat Shindiggery. Followed by curry and drinks in Bradford.

Starfury:SerenityEdit

29th April - 1st May 2005

Thistle Hotel, Heathrow.

Guests:- Clare Kramer (MC),Chris Buchanan, Mark Sheppard, Ron Glass, Alan Tudyk, Jewel Staite, Morena Baccarin, Summer Glau, Nathan Fillion.

Fan Table at MemorabiliaEdit

13th - 14th August 2005

NEC, Birmingham

Fan table orbanised and run by Browncoats, sponsored by UIP.

World Premiere of Serenity at Edinburgh Film Festival.Edit

22nd August 2005

Cineworld, Fountainpark, Dundee St, Edinburgh.

In attendance:- Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Gina Torres, Adam Baldwin, Alan Tudyk, Jewel Staite, Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, Chris Buchanan, Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Joss Whedon "Reel Life" talk at Cineworld, Edinburgh.Edit

23rd August 2005

Screenings in Other UK and Ireland CitiesEdit

24th August 2005

Manchester (Adam Baldwin and Gina Torres in attendance)

Birmingham

London (Joss Whedon and Summer Glau in attendance)

Dublin

Empire ScreeningEdit

19th September 2005

UIP and Vue Cinemas in association with Empire magazine gave tickets to a free screening of a Surprise film in a number of Vue cimemas.

Browncoats were NOT surprised to find that it was Serenity.

London Premiere of SerenityEdit

5th October 2005

At the Odeon West End, Leicester Square.

In attendance:- Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Chewitel Eijiofor.

Signing at HMV, Oxford StreetEdit

6th October 2005

Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau.

GM.TV Webchat with Nathan Fillion and Summer GlauEdit

6th October 2005

Fourth Manchester ShindigEdit

15th October 2005

Night and Day Cafe, Oldham Street, followed by Serenity at the Filmworks.

Starfury:Serenity SquaredEdit

18th - 20th November 2005

Radison Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow.

Guests:-Neil Roberts (MC), Jonathan Woodward, Christian Hendricks, Morena Baccarin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau.

North-West Christmas PartyEdit

2nd December 2005

Serenity Screening at Brindley Art Centre, Runcorn, followed by shindig at (pub)

2006Edit

Fifth Manchester ShindigEdit

4th February 2006

Day and Night Bar, Oldham Street, Manchester, followed by Chinese Buffet.

Collectormania 9Edit

28th April - 1st May.

Middleton Hall, Milton Keynes Shopping Centre

Guests Included Alan Tudyk and Ron Glass.

CSTS Charity Screening, Leeds.Edit

24th June 2006

Vue Cinema, The Light, Leeds, (organised by Wicca303)

Followed by Shindig in Firefly Bar, with Raffle (organised by Ruthie).

This event raised £600 for Equality Now.

Starfury:Serenity CubedEdit

15th-17th September 2006

Thistle Hotel, Heathrow.

Guests:- Gigi Edgley (MC), Nectar Rose, Mark Sheppard, Michael Fairman, Morena Baccarin, Jewel Staite, Christina Hendricks, Sean Maher.

2007Edit

Starfury:Serenity 4Edit

16th-18th March 2007

Glasgow


Starfury:Serenity InfinityEdit

5th-7th October 2007

Thistle Hotel, Heathrow.

Guests - Neil Roberts (MC), Ellen Muth, Jonathan Woodward, Morena Baccarin, Nectar Rose, Richard Brooks


2008Edit

Starfury:Serenity CompleteEdit

External LinksEdit

UK Browncoats Website




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