1 9 5 8 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes
This series for children used the biggest film location devised to date by BBC Television, for the scenes on board ship.
The “pre-sequel” to Treasure Island followed Ben Gunn from boy to pirate and was narrated by Jim Hawkins (John H. Watson).
Ben met parson’s son Nick Allardyce (Richard Coleman) and the pair headed to sea for adventure.
The series showed their meeting with John Silver – as a young man – and others from Treasure Island and revealed how Silver lost his leg and how Nick ended his days as the pointing skeleton discovered by the treasure hunting party at the conclusion of Treasure Island.
John Moffatt starred as Ben Gunn with Peter Wyngarde as John Silver (both pictured at right). The series was broadcast live from Ealing Studios
Ben Gunn as an old man
John H. Watson
Captain Le Bon
The Parson’s Son | The Taking of the Walrus | The Winning of the Treasure | How the Treasure Was Buried | The Honest Seaman | Marooned