All 13 Episodes of the Classic TV Series
The Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe
All 13 Episodes
First screened in Britain in 1965. This is the full 13 part black and white dramatization that for many of us has been etched in our consciousness since childhood, particularly that haunting theme tune.
This 13 part black and white dramatization of Daniel Defoe's famous novel was made by Franco-London Films, syndicated in America 1964 and first screened in Britain in 1965.
Filmed mostly on location in the Canary Islands, the series painted a classic picture of heroism and survival over disaster and helplessness, from the delight of lighting his first fire to the eventual defence of the island from mutineers.
The series was also punctuated with flashback sequences of Crusoe's earlier life; his childhood in York, his unhappy apprenticeship to a lawyer and, finally, his running away to sea. Unlike most other versions, the series showed many of his early adventures and his subsequent capture by and escape from slave traders.
The haunting theme tune and enchanting musical score were the work of Robert Mellin and Gian-Piero Reverberi, two highly respected musicians who were very active in European popular music, and these have become forever etched into the consciousness of thousands of people with fond memories of the series.
Caught in a tropical storm at sea whilst travelling between Brazil and Africa, a young Englishman, Robinson Crusoe, is shipwrecked on an uncharted island off the coast of South America from which there seems little hope of rescue.
Starring Austrian actor Robert Hoffman as Robinson Crusoe, the series was originally recorded in French but was later dubbed into English with the narrative spoken by American Lee Payant, as the voice of Robinson.
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