Coral Island (TV series)
|Written by||James Andrew Hall|
|Country of origin||
|No. of episodes||9|
|Running time||30 mins|
Coral Island is a children's television series, adapted from the 19th-century novel The Coral Island by Scottish author R. M. Ballantyne. The series of 9 episodes was a joint production of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Thames Television. It was filmed on location in the western Samoan village of Salamumu and then on the Whitsunday Islands off the Queensland coast in 1981.
The series was first broadcast in Australia on ABC-TV on 6 January 1983.
The story, set in 1840, centers on 3 boys from England and their struggle for survival when they are shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island. Jack (played by Scott McGregor), Peterkin (played by Nicholas Bond-Owen) and Ralph (played by Richard Gibson) must learn to survive on their own on the island, despite their very different characters and backgrounds. After befriending two natives on the island, they are rescued by an English missionary team, and both the boys and the two natives return to England.
- Nicholas Bond-Owen — as the boy Peterkin
- Richard Gibson — as the boy Ralph
- Scott McGregor — as the boy Jack
- Gerard Kennedy — as the pirate Bloody Bill
- Brian McDermott — as the pirate Captain Carver
- Pele Teuila — as the female native Avatea
- Uelese Petaia — as the native Tararo
- Peter Collingwood — as Reverend McNab
- Charles 'Bud' Tingwell — as the captain Sir Charles Rover
- Lyn James — as Lady Rover
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- "The 'boy from the bush' makes his mark in 1915.". The Australian Women's Weekly. 30 June 1982. p. 22. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
- "A children's adventure tale". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 January 1983. p. 6. Retrieved 16 September 2015.