Adventures of Long John Silver, The

1 9 5 5 (Australia)
26 x 30 minute episodes

In this Australian-made series – based very loosely on Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 novel Treasure Island – Long John Silver (Robert Newton), his young cabin boy pal Jim Hawkins (Kit Taylor) and their ship, the Faithful, were located on the island of Porto Bello on the Spanish Main.

There they worked for British Governor Strong (Harvey Adams) to thwart the advance of the perfidious Spaniards and keep the island safe in the hands of The Crown.

Treasure hunting was thus reduced to an occasional pastime, but off-duty, Silver was frequently to be found in the pub of Miss Purity Pinker (Connie Gilchrist), the Cask & Anchor Inn.

The Adventures of Long John Silver was chiefly notable for the theatrical performance of Robert Newton in the grog-swilling, shiver-me-timbers title role which he already played in the movies Treasure Island (1950) and Long John Silver (1954). Newton died shortly after finishing this series.

The series was filmed in Sydney by producer Joseph Kaufman. Although filmed in colour, the series was given its UK transmission in black and white.

Long John Silver
Robert Newton
Jim Hawkins

Kit Taylor
Miss Purity Pinker

Connie Gilchrist
Governor Strong

Harvey Adams