Monday, 17 November 2014
14 The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
First watched : Uncertain
This was a 13 -part serialization coming towards the end of its run on 8/9/69. It was an expensive French production with English dubbing originally made in 1964. Its international success owed much to the fact that the story is necessarily told mainly as a voiceover so that the usual problems with dubbing were largely avoided. The English narration was provided by a Lee Payant.
The series was often repeated, usually as part of the Summer Holiday schedule and was last broadcast as recently as 1982. I must have caught it at some point but it's left no impression. I can't even recall if it was my first introduction to the story. Viewing Episode 1 hasn't triggered anything, just the observations that Robert Hoffman playing Crusoe may have been the inspiration for Sting's Police-era bouffant and the model boat used in the shipwreck at the beginning is heroically unconvincing.