Captain James Cook (1987)

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Based on Captain James Cook's three voyages. It was on his first voyage, in 1770 (while in the South Pacific region to observe the transit of Venus), that Captain Cook discovered the east ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Keith Michell ...
 Cook (4 episodes, 1988)
John Gregg ...
 Banks (4 episodes, 1988)
Erich Hallhuber ...
 Lt. Gore (4 episodes, 1988)
Jacques Penot ...
 Clerke (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Gibson (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Elizabeth (4 episodes, 1988)
Xabier Elorriaga ...
 Sandwich (4 episodes, 1988)
Titaine Bourne ...
 Parita (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Hawke (3 episodes, 1988)
Benjamin Franklin ...
 Dalrymple (3 episodes, 1988)
Louise Kimitete ...
 Queen Oberea (3 episodes, 1988)
Tavana ...
 Owhaa (3 episodes, 1988)
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 Perry (3 episodes, 1988)
Maurice Risch ...
 Monkhouse (2 episodes, 1988)
Noel Trevarthen ...
 Palliser (2 episodes, 1988)
Rhys McConnochie ...
 King George (2 episodes, 1988)
Barry Quin ...
 Lt. Hicks (2 episodes, 1988)
Peter Carroll ...
 Solander (2 episodes, 1988)
John Dicks ...
 Green (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Wilkinson (2 episodes, 1988)
Isadore Hiro ...
 King Tu (2 episodes, 1988)
Nigel Devenport ...
 Jeffs (2 episodes, 1988)
Emil Minty ...
 Young Nick (2 episodes, 1988)
Les Foxcroft ...
 Old Salt (2 episodes, 1988)
Robin Martin ...
 Parkinson (2 episodes, 1988)
Chris Cummings ...
 Webb (2 episodes, 1988)
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Based on Captain James Cook's three voyages. It was on his first voyage, in 1770 (while in the South Pacific region to observe the transit of Venus), that Captain Cook discovered the east coast of Australia. He later recommended Australia as a future British colony. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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The HMS Bounty featured in the series is a replica originally built for The Bounty (1984). It has been featured often in movies and TV, and is now anchored at Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, where it serves as a tourist attraction and event venue. See more »

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Very entertaining & fine acting
25 March 2008 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

For some reason I find this series very intense. It begins in a rather light mood, I especially like the episodes on the first journey. Then the general undertone becomes darker and darker, and it is somehow hard to watch Cook's demise from an enthusiastic and able navigator into an irritable and unhappy man who seems to be unconsciously planning his own death. Somehow I got the impression that money became scarce after a while so that the Second and third journey really missed out in comparison to the presentation of the first one. Knowing a little bit about the facts I must say that one could have added more spice by including more remarkable incidents that took place during those journeys. Generally I love the acting and the cast - even though Keith Michell is about 20 years too old, as is John Gregg as Banks (the real Banks was 25 when he set out on the first journey). All the same: Keith Michell warms my heart as Cook, John Gregg is hilarious as Banks, as is Xabier Elloriaga as Sandwich. Those two especially obviously loved their parts. Elloriaga (I think it is in Part 4) is absolutely delicious as he "coaxes" Cook to agree to go on the third journey. I would have loved to see this in the original version!!!!


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