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Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, The

MORE OLD black and white stuff which strayed far into the colour era. Recurring summer holiday fodder due to its 12 episodes (though it always felt like more) taking you neatly up to the start of autumn term. Hailed from across the Channel, replete with classic ten-second orchestral theme plus hand disappearing below the water titles. Suffered by having one too many flashbacks to Rob’s life as a kid. Forget the adolescent angst – just get to the making a den on the island, dammit!



  1. Neil Stacey

    January 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    A classic that should still be on the telly over the holidays, My only memories of the programme is Crusoe’s dog (Timmy?) dying, which always made me cry & his first meeting with Man… Friday, to whom he taught French dubbed into Engish, remarkable.

  2. johnnyboy

    February 2, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Vividly remembering watching it in a ‘Chalet’ (!) in the Kingdom of Fife in 1976 on hols; it was too hot to go outside so TV was the order of the day. Horray! (the cheese melted that day too!)

  3. Morgan

    September 2, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I almost got lynched for suggesting on You tube, that the BBC took a “f@£k ’em they won’t notice and kids don’t pay licence fees.” attitude to milking this for about 2 decades. They showed it in Easter holidays and Saturday mornings as well, sometimes accompanied by The Flashing Blade, the sadists.

  4. Damon

    July 30, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I must’ve watched this in about 1978-ish when I was 7 or 8. I loved it. I think it may well have been the Saturday morning summer filler while Swap Shop wasn’t on and before Get Set for Summer had been invented. I loved it at the time. The word ‘stockade’ springs to mind, I don’t think I’ve used that word much since then really. DO NOT confuse this classic series with the Robinson Crusoe episodic story in BBC Schools show Watch. Its theme tune was wildly different but oddly memorable: “Robinson Robinson Robinson Crusoe, all alone, and all on his own, Robinson Robinson Robinson Crusoe …. all alone on an island.”

  5. THX 1139

    July 30, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    I have a strong early memory of seeing a Robinson Crusoe programme in colour, but everywhere says this series was in black and white. Now after Damon’s post I’m wondering if it was the Watch version I’m remembering? Did he have a very colourful parrot? Mind you, the word “stockade” seems familiar too.

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