Adventures of Long John Silver, The
1 9 5 5 (Australia)
26 x 30 minute episodes
In this Australian-made series, Long John Silver, his young cabinboy pal Jim Hawkins and their ship, the Faithful, were located on the island of Porto Bello on the Spanish Main, where they worked for British Governor Strong to thwart the advance of the perfidious Spaniards in the 1700's.
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, 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.
Although filmed in colour, the series was given its UK transmission in black and white.
Long John Silver
Miss Purity Pinker