Jack Holborn (1982)

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Jack Holborn is 13-year-old orphan in the 1800's that wants to get a job on a sailship to avoid foster homes. He is hired by Captain Sharingham, and they set sail. Jack was found on the ... See full summary »

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Patrick Bach ...
 Jack Holborn (6 episodes, 1982)
Matthias Habich ...
 Captain & Lord Sharingham / ... (6 episodes, 1982)
Andreas Mannkopff ...
 Vronsky (5 episodes, 1982)
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 Trumpet (4 episodes, 1982)
Terence Cooper ...
 Morris (4 episodes, 1982)
Patrick Smyth ...
 Admiral (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Hafenmeister / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Lady Myra (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Pobjoy (3 episodes, 1982)
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Jack Holborn is 13-year-old orphan in the 1800's that wants to get a job on a sailship to avoid foster homes. He is hired by Captain Sharingham, and they set sail. Jack was found on the steps of the Holborn catholic church in London, when he was a baby. He was wearing a leather arm band with the name "Jack" on it. The nuns therefore called him Jack Holborn. At the sight of Jack's arm band, the captain reveals that the band looks familiar, but he won't tell Jack what he knows. The captain is now reluctant to keep him. Jack is desperately seeking answers, and is not about to let the Captain off the hook. The Captain also has a twin brother who works as a judge. The two brothers hate each other, mostly because of the captain's piracy side business. Jack sneaks onboard the Captain's ship "Charming Molly", and the journey begins. A journey that consists of piracy, traveling through swamps, and slavery in Bombay. Jack will find his answers, but the road there is long. Written by Annie Gravdal

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An incredible film, with a great soundtrack
22 June 1999 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Summary: Jack Holborn is the story of a young boy obsessed with visions of his past. Again and again through-out the series, Jack sees the same mysterious sequence. A man and a woman holding a baby are rowing through the fog. A ship appears in the blackness behind them, and a man on deck screams and points at the man in the boat. There is only eerie music and silence, we never hear what is said. The man in the boat keeps rowing, so the one on deck fires a pistol at him - killing him (we assume).

The woman falls out of the boat into the water. A man dives in and rescues her, taking her and the child on board the ship. The vision ends.

The woman in the boat is obviously Jack's mother (this even he can work out), but is the man his father? Who is the person who fired the gun? What were they doing out there that night? These questions will haunt Jack until the very end - for he has to know the truth.

Jack sets out on a voyage one day with a strange judge and his friend. They are in search of, as I remember, a treasure island (in this way the series is much like Return to Treasure Island, but with added emotional complexity). A lot happens, which I won't give away, and the series does indeed have a climactic conclusion. I will say, though, that I think the ending was a bit unrealistic and simplistic (considering the massively complex series leading up to it), but what can you do?

Favourite bit: My favourite part of the series was, interestingly enough, the central music. It is a haunting solo-harpsichord/orchestra tune, which I've never been able to find anywhere. If anyone could tell me it's name and who composed it I'd be indebted, because I've never been able to forget it. There is also an incredible horror atmosphere, due to the frequent use of heavy fog and nighttime scenes, and (when on land) walks through deserted streets alone (in darkness and fog). There is also the amazing evil character, Captain Cox.

Conclusion: All in all whether you would like this series or not is irrelevant. It stopped screening years ago, and I'm one of the few people on the planet with tapes.


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