Robinson Crusoe TV series announced

Source: Press Association
Date : May 21, 2008
Robinson Crusoe TV series announced
A £13 million TV series based on the story of Robinson Crusoe has been
announced, with Sean Bean taking a starring role.
US actor Philip Winchester, who played Scott Tracy in the recent remake of
Thunderbirds, has been cast as the English castaway.
The 13-part series, which will be filmed in the UK, South Africa and the
Seychelles, is the first remake of Daniel Defoe's novel since 1964.
The series has been commissioned in the US by NBC for broadcast in the
autumn and is expected to be snapped up in the UK.
The drama will follow the adventures of Crusoe and his fellow castaway,
Friday, who is yet to be cast, after years of being marooned on a desert island.
Crusoe dreams of being reunited with his family as he overcomes marauding
militias, hungry cannibals, wild cats, starvation and apocalyptic lightning
storms on the island.
The series will feature flashbacks to Crusoe's previous life, including his
tragic childhood with his widower father James, played by Sharpe star Bean.
It also features flashback scenes with the love of his life Susannah (Anna
Walton), and his attempts to transform his entrepreneurial aspirations into
a business empire under the watchful eye of family friend Jeremiah Blackthorn
(Sam Neill).
The series follows in the tradition of other adventure remakes like Doctor
Who and Robin Hood.
It is being co-produced by British TV company Power and penned by English
writer Stephen Gallagher, whose previous credits include Doctor Who and
Eleventh Hour.


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