Home Television Drama Kidnapped


1 9 7 9 (UK/Germany)
13 x 30 minute episodes

Debuting at 6.15 pm on Saturday 7 April 1979, this serialisation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Scottish story was a co-production between HTV and German television and had a cast including German and French artists.

When young David Balfour (Ekkehardt Belle) arrives at his uncle’s bleak Scottish house to claim his inheritance, his relative tries to murder him then has him shipped off to be sold as a slave in the colonies.

Luckily for the lad, he strikes up a friendship with the brash Alan Breck Stewart (David McCallum), who is on the run after Bonnie Prince Charlie’s defeat at Culloden.

When a ship’s captain tries to kill Breck for his money the two manage to get to land and set out for Edinburgh, dodging the ruthless Redcoats along the way.

The series was actually based on two of Stevenson’s novels  – Kidnapped and its sequel Catriona – and filmed primarily on location in Devon.

Alan Breck Stewart
David McCallum
David Balfour
Ekkehardt Belle
Aude Landry
James of the Glens
Bill Simpson
John Carson
Mungo Campbell
John Carlisle
Patrick Allen
Joseph Brady