1 9 7 7 (UK)
4 x 55 minute episodes
Premiering on 16 October 1977, this four-part BBC1 Sunday teatime series – set in the 18th century and based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson – starred Ashley Knight (who played the young Claudius in I, Claudius) as young Jim Hawkins, who becomes involved with buccaneers during his quest to find pirate treasure buried on a secret island.
No sooner does Jim arrive on the Bristol docks than Captain Smollett (Richard Beale) and Squire Trelawney (Thorley Walters) welcome him aboard the schooner Hispaniola as a cabin boy.
Jim is in possession of a map once belonging to the notorious pirate Captain Flint that tells of a treasure chest buried in the forests of the legendary pirate haunt, Skeleton Island.
The young lad comes of age on board the Hispaniola as he successfully steers to reach Treasure Island.
Finding a confidante in the shady smooth-tongued one-legged villain Long John Silver (former Public Eye star Alfred Burke), Jim embarks on a life-changing adventure that is ripe with adjusting loyalties and life-threatening betrayals and displays the persistence of human courage.
Other notables in the cast included the ubiquitous Patrick Troughton as Israel Hands, David Collings as Blind Pew and Jack Watson – who looked like a man born to play pirates – as Billy Bones.
Much of the series was filmed in Corsica.
Long John Silver