Season: 1
Year: 1998 | unknown


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Survival: Part 1

1 September 1998
BOSTON - AMERICA - 1830's - David Robinson finds the comfortable life as chief clerk in his father-in-law's shipping firm tedious . He accepts the offer to open a new branch for the firm in Canton in China, and embarks with his wife Elizabeth and children, Ernst, Joanna and Christina and the family dog, Bruno, on the perilous sailing voyage. Aboard the ship the children meet the crew: a novice seaman Ben Thomas (and there is certainly a hint of mutual attraction between him and Joanna), Billy Cobb, the black cabin boy (with whom the young Christina strikes up an immediate rapport), Emily Chen, an aristocratic Chinese girl, who is aloof and cold - and very mysterious... But she pales in comparison to the mysteries surrounding Parsons - an old sea dog with a criminal bent. Believing the Robinsons have treasure in their cabin, Parsons sends his half-wit brother Seth, to steal it as a raging storm brews. David surprises Seth and in the ensuing struggle, Seth is accidentally killed. Parsons accuses David of murdering his brother and traps the family in their cabin, as the passengers and crew struggle to the life-boats to abandon ship - and the storm threatens to sink it. Surely the family will meet their doom at the bottom of the ocean... Against all the odds and amidst a thrilling sequence, the family survive the storm, climb up on the deck and find that they are stranded on a reef, with the rest of the crew and passengers gone... They make a raft and manage somehow to reach the nearby island, taking with them useful items from the ship, including chickens and Bruno. During the raft trip Christina accidentally falls overboard in the shark infested waters and is feared drowned. The distraught family pray to the dear Lord for deliverance, set up a temporary shelter on the island and cling to each other through the night in an attempt to find refuge from their anguish and fear as they listen to the new and wild sounds of the night on the island (is it wild life, and are the family truly alone, or is the island also inhabited by natives?)... The following day, amidst a surprising twist of events, Christina is reunited with the family - the cabin boy, Billy Cobb makes his presence felt and all concerned realize that it was he who rescued Christina and saved her life. Unknown to the family, Parsons and Ben have also survived the storm and landed on the opposite side of the island in the ship's dory. They too set out to explore - and look for life - on the island. David, Ernst and Billy go back to the wreck to salvage what they can, including a musket, pistol and a small cannon. But they face enormous danger when the ship slips off the reef and sinks while they are on board, (having survived the storm, it would appear that David , Ernst and Billy have finally gone down with ship). David, Ernst and Billy manage somehow to escape with their lives and row back to shore - and are reunited with relieved members of the family. But any celebrations are short lived when Elizabeth advises that she, Joanna and Christina had an unexpected encounter while they were bathing in the tropical pool/waterfall with wildlife, which they survived - but she cannot help but feeling that someone or something is on the island watching them... Survival contd. Emily Chen is discovered hiding on the island, much the worse for wear. However, as soon as she is fed and clothed, she resumes her snobbish demeanor. Nonetheless, the family see it as their duty to provide her with food and shelter. For all that, living on the island has its fair share of danger, and it is uninhabited - the island is paradoxically also reminiscent of paradise and each member of the family finds themselves invigorated and stimulated with the 'natural world' and feeling that they could survive on the island for a thousand years. Equally though the next minute, the notion of being cast-away forever is a fearful one and all concerned do not wish to remain shipwrecked for any longer than they have to... Elizabeth is adamant that a shelter is built in the trees/off the ground as the best defense against any unexpected encounter). Shortly after finding a suitable site for their tree house, Parsons and Ben discover the family and a fight ensues between David and Parsons. Celebrations are in order and the entire family remain resolved to conquer each and every adventure they encounter during the course of their lives as cast-aways on the island.

Kieren Hutchison ... Ernst Robinson

Jed Brophy ... Seth Parsons
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas

Season 1, Episode 2: Survival: Part 2

2 September 1998
BOSTON - AMERICA - 1830's - David Robinson finds the comfortable life as chief clerk in his father-in-law's shipping firm tedious . He accepts the offer to open a new branch for the firm in Canton in China, and embarks with his wife Elizabeth and children, Ernst, Joanna and Christina and the family dog, Bruno, on the perilous sailing voyage. Aboard the ship the children meet the crew: a novice seaman Ben Thomas (and there is certainly a hint of mutual attraction between him and Joanna), Billy Cobb, the black cabin boy (with whom the young Christina strikes up an immediate rapport), Emily Chen, an aristocratic Chinese girl, who is aloof and cold - and very mysterious... But she pales in comparison to the mysteries surrounding Parsons - an old sea dog with a criminal bent. Believing the Robinsons have treasure in their cabin, Parsons sends his half-wit brother Seth, to steal it as a raging storm brews. David surprises Seth and in the ensuing struggle, Seth is accidentally killed. Parsons accuses David of murdering his brother and traps the family in their cabin, as the passengers and crew struggle to the life-boats to abandon ship - and the storm threatens to sink it. Surely the family will meet their doom at the bottom of the ocean... Against all the odds and amidst a thrilling sequence, the family survive the storm, climb up on the deck and find that they are stranded on a reef, with the rest of the crew and passengers gone... They make a raft and manage somehow to reach the nearby island, taking with them useful items from the ship, including chickens and Bruno. During the raft trip Christina accidentally falls overboard in the shark infested waters and is feared drowned. The distraught family pray to the dear Lord for deliverance, set up a temporary shelter on the island and cling to each other through the night in an attempt to find refuge from their anguish and fear as they listen to the new and wild sounds of the night on the island (is it wild life, and are the family truly alone, or is the island also inhabited by natives?)... The following day, amidst a surprising twist of events, Christina is reunited with the family - the cabin boy, Billy Cobb makes his presence felt and all concerned realize that it was he who rescued Christina and saved her life. Unknown to the family, Parsons and Ben have also survived the storm and landed on the opposite side of the island in the ship's dory. They too set out to explore - and look for life - on the island. David, Ernst and Billy go back to the wreck to salvage what they can, including a musket, pistol and a small cannon. But they face enormous danger when the ship slips off the reef and sinks while they are on board, (having survived the storm, it would appear that David , Ernst and Billy have finally gone down with ship). David, Ernst and Billy manage somehow to escape with their lives and row back to shore - and are reunited with relieved members of the family. But any celebrations are short lived when Elizabeth advises that she, Joanna and Christina had an unexpected encounter while they were bathing in the tropical pool/waterfall with wildlife, which they survived - but she cannot help but feeling that someone or something is on the island watching them... Survival contd. Emily Chen is discovered hiding on the island, much the worse for wear. However, as soon as she is fed and clothed, she resumes her snobbish demeanor. Nonetheless, the family see it as their duty to provide her with food and shelter. For all that, living on the island has its fair share of danger, and it is uninhabited - the island is paradoxically also reminiscent of paradise and each member of the family finds themselves invigorated and stimulated with the 'natural world' and feeling that they could survive on the island for a thousand years. Equally though the next minute, the notion of being cast-away forever is a fearful one and all concerned do not wish to remain shipwrecked for any longer than they have to... Elizabeth is adamant that a shelter is built in the trees/off the ground as the best defense against any unexpected encounter). Shortly after finding a suitable site for their tree house, Parsons and Ben discover the family and a fight ensues between David and Parsons. Celebrations are in order and the entire family remain resolved to conquer each and every adventure they encounter during the course of their lives as cast-aways on the island.

Season 1, Episode 3: Survival: Part 3

3 September 1998
BOSTON - AMERICA - 1830's - David Robinson finds the comfortable life as chief clerk in his father-in-law's shipping firm tedious . He accepts the offer to open a new branch for the firm in Canton in China, and embarks with his wife Elizabeth and children, Ernst, Joanna and Christina and the family dog, Bruno, on the perilous sailing voyage. Aboard the ship the children meet the crew: a novice seaman Ben Thomas (and there is certainly a hint of mutual attraction between him and Joanna), Billy Cobb, the black cabin boy (with whom the young Christina strikes up an immediate rapport), Emily Chen, an aristocratic Chinese girl, who is aloof and cold - and very mysterious... But she pales in comparison to the mysteries surrounding Parsons - an old sea dog with a criminal bent. Believing the Robinsons have treasure in their cabin, Parsons sends his half-wit brother Seth, to steal it as a raging storm brews. David surprises Seth and in the ensuing struggle, Seth is accidentally killed. Parsons accuses David of murdering his brother and traps the family in their cabin, as the passengers and crew struggle to the life-boats to abandon ship - and the storm threatens to sink it. Surely the family will meet their doom at the bottom of the ocean... Against all the odds and amidst a thrilling sequence, the family survive the storm, climb up on the deck and find that they are stranded on a reef, with the rest of the crew and passengers gone... They make a raft and manage somehow to reach the nearby island, taking with them useful items from the ship, including chickens and Bruno. During the raft trip Christina accidentally falls overboard in the shark infested waters and is feared drowned. The distraught family pray to the dear Lord for deliverance, set up a temporary shelter on the island and cling to each other through the night in an attempt to find refuge from their anguish and fear as they listen to the new and wild sounds of the night on the island (is it wild life, and are the family truly alone, or is the island also inhabited by natives?)... The following day, amidst a surprising twist of events, Christina is reunited with the family - the cabin boy, Billy Cobb makes his presence felt and all concerned realize that it was he who rescued Christina and saved her life. Unknown to the family, Parsons and Ben have also survived the storm and landed on the opposite side of the island in the ship's dory. They too set out to explore - and look for life - on the island. David, Ernst and Billy go back to the wreck to salvage what they can, including a musket, pistol and a small cannon. But they face enormous danger when the ship slips off the reef and sinks while they are on board, (having survived the storm, it would appear that David , Ernst and Billy have finally gone down with ship). David, Ernst and Billy manage somehow to escape with their lives and row back to shore - and are reunited with relieved members of the family. But any celebrations are short lived when Elizabeth advises that she, Joanna and Christina had an unexpected encounter while they were bathing in the tropical pool/waterfall with wildlife, which they survived - but she cannot help but feeling that someone or something is on the island watching them... Survival contd. Emily Chen is discovered hiding on the island, much the worse for wear. However, as soon as she is fed and clothed, she resumes her snobbish demeanor. Nonetheless, the family see it as their duty to provide her with food and shelter. For all that, living on the island has its fair share of danger, and it is uninhabited - the island is paradoxically also reminiscent of paradise and each member of the family finds themselves invigorated and stimulated with the 'natural world' and feeling that they could survive on the island for a thousand years. Equally though the next minute, the notion of being cast-away forever is a fearful one and all concerned do not wish to remain shipwrecked for any longer than they have to... Elizabeth is adamant that a shelter is built in the trees/off the ground as the best defense against any unexpected encounter). Shortly after finding a suitable site for their tree house, Parsons and Ben discover the family and a fight ensues between David and Parsons. Celebrations are in order and the entire family remain resolved to conquer each and every adventure they encounter during the course of their lives as cast-aways on the island.

Season 1, Episode 4: The Island of the Gods: Part 1

4 September 1998
A month after the shipwreck. Through Ernst's narration - and the diary he is keeping of events - the family are still struggling with living/surviving off the land and are growing crops, keeping chickens, rearing wild pigs and a goat. But, prompted by the sudden activity of the island's volcano, they are planning to escape and have improved the raft to make it seaworthy. Parsons and Ben have set up home in a squalid cave on a barren outlying island nearby. They fear the family may surprise them and steal the boat. From their island they observe the unsuspecting Robinson's through a telescope. Parsons is still bent on revenging himself on David. Exploring the island the children find a tunnel leading to a cave with a large carved head and a sarcophagus. Christina removes a large black pearl from the cave. David and Ernst investigate the cave, which they surmise to be some kind of ancient burial chamber for native kings. They are trapped when a native canoe arrives indeed carrying a King, his brother, a shaman and several warlike members of a native tribe. The King's brother stages a coup d'etat, but David and Ernst rescue him. The King, an ex-slave, who is deeply suspicious of white men, threatens the family for violating the sacred island. Discovering the King gone, the brother and his men set off in pursuit. Meanwhile, the petulant Emily has wandered into the forest and been captured by Parsons and Ben, who have been observing the King's arrival at the tree house. They in turn are captured by the brother's group. Parsons makes a deal with the brother to recapture the king and to take over the tree house. The children stage a daring rescue of Emily and thwart Parsons attempt to capture the tree house. The brother, himself a shaman, uses his supernatural powers to try and attack the king from a distance. Christina, who has the black pearl, is caught in the conflict and mysteriously subsides into a deep coma. The shaman enters the brother's Dreamtime to try and save Christina. The other children fall into a deep sleep and are pulled into the dangerous Dreamtime with the shaman. When Parsons renews his attack on the tree house, David and Elizabeth move the sleeping children to safety on the raft. In the Dreamtime the children have to overcome a variety of supernatural dangers with the shaman, before finally rescuing Christina and defeating the brother. The restored King allows the Robinsons to stay on the island, but destroys their raft, fearing they will escape and bring other white men to the sacred island - leaving the Robinson family filled with growing resolve that they must (and will) survive living on the island as they could be cast-away for some considerable time.

Season 1, Episode 5: The Island of the Gods: Part 2

8 September 1998
A month after the shipwreck. Through Ernst's narration - and the diary he is keeping of events - the family are still struggling with living/surviving off the land and are growing crops, keeping chickens, rearing wild pigs and a goat. But, prompted by the sudden activity of the island's volcano, they are planning to escape and have improved the raft to make it seaworthy. Parsons and Ben have set up home in a squalid cave on a barren outlying island nearby. They fear the family may surprise them and steal the boat. From their island they observe the unsuspecting Robinson's through a telescope. Parsons is still bent on revenging himself on David. Exploring the island the children find a tunnel leading to a cave with a large carved head and a sarcophagus. Christina removes a large black pearl from the cave. David and Ernst investigate the cave, which they surmise to be some kind of ancient burial chamber for native kings. They are trapped when a native canoe arrives indeed carrying a King, his brother, a shaman and several warlike members of a native tribe. The King's brother stages a coup d'etat, but David and Ernst rescue him. The King, an ex-slave, who is deeply suspicious of white men, threatens the family for violating the sacred island. Discovering the King gone, the brother and his men set off in pursuit. Meanwhile, the petulant Emily has wandered into the forest and been captured by Parsons and Ben, who have been observing the King's arrival at the tree house. They in turn are captured by the brother's group. Parsons makes a deal with the brother to recapture the king and to take over the tree house. The children stage a daring rescue of Emily and thwart Parsons attempt to capture the tree house. The brother, himself a shaman, uses his supernatural powers to try and attack the king from a distance. Christina, who has the black pearl, is caught in the conflict and mysteriously subsides into a deep coma. The shaman enters the brother's Dreamtime to try and save Christina. The other children fall into a deep sleep and are pulled into the dangerous Dreamtime with the shaman. When Parsons renews his attack on the tree house, David and Elizabeth move the sleeping children to safety on the raft. In the Dreamtime the children have to overcome a variety of supernatural dangers with the shaman, before finally rescuing Christina and defeating the brother. The restored King allows the Robinsons to stay on the island, but destroys their raft, fearing they will escape and bring other white men to the sacred island - leaving the Robinson family filled with growing resolve that they must (and will) survive living on the island as they could be cast-away for some considerable time.

Season 1, Episode 6: The Island of the Gods: Part 3

9 September 1998
A month after the shipwreck. Through Ernst's narration - and the diary he is keeping of events - the family are still struggling with living/surviving off the land and are growing crops, keeping chickens, rearing wild pigs and a goat. But, prompted by the sudden activity of the island's volcano, they are planning to escape and have improved the raft to make it seaworthy. Parsons and Ben have set up home in a squalid cave on a barren outlying island nearby. They fear the family may surprise them and steal the boat. From their island they observe the unsuspecting Robinson's through a telescope. Parsons is still bent on revenging himself on David. Exploring the island the children find a tunnel leading to a cave with a large carved head and a sarcophagus. Christina removes a large black pearl from the cave. David and Ernst investigate the cave, which they surmise to be some kind of ancient burial chamber for native kings. They are trapped when a native canoe arrives indeed carrying a King, his brother, a shaman and several warlike members of a native tribe. The King's brother stages a coup d'etat, but David and Ernst rescue him. The King, an ex-slave, who is deeply suspicious of white men, threatens the family for violating the sacred island. Discovering the King gone, the brother and his men set off in pursuit. Meanwhile, the petulant Emily has wandered into the forest and been captured by Parsons and Ben, who have been observing the King's arrival at the tree house. They in turn are captured by the brother's group. Parsons makes a deal with the brother to recapture the king and to take over the tree house. The children stage a daring rescue of Emily and thwart Parsons attempt to capture the tree house. The brother, himself a shaman, uses his supernatural powers to try and attack the king from a distance. Christina, who has the black pearl, is caught in the conflict and mysteriously subsides into a deep coma. The shaman enters the brother's Dreamtime to try and save Christina. The other children fall into a deep sleep and are pulled into the dangerous Dreamtime with the shaman. When Parsons renews his attack on the tree house, David and Elizabeth move the sleeping children to safety on the raft. In the Dreamtime the children have to overcome a variety of supernatural dangers with the shaman, before finally rescuing Christina and defeating the brother. The restored King allows the Robinsons to stay on the island, but destroys their raft, fearing they will escape and bring other white men to the sacred island - leaving the Robinson family filled with growing resolve that they must (and will) survive living on the island as they could be cast-away for some considerable time.

Season 1, Episode 7: Invasion: Part 1

10 September 1998
Third/fourth month. The family are still battling against the forces of Mother nature (and often themselves) and are looking forward to their first harvest, which they plan to celebrate on the Fourth of July, American Independence Day. Ernst, however, is still hopeful of rescue, so that he can build a career( as a writer ) for himself back in civilization. Unknown to anyone a ship is heading towards the island. She is The Viper, a notorious pirate ship captained by the rascally "Captain" Samuel Scaggs and his ex-convict partner, Bonnie Mary. Ben is excited when he sees a ship heading for the Robinsons's island. Parsons recognizes The Viper and advises that he has a mate on board. Ben wants to warn the Robinson family, (probably due to his continuing infatuation with Joanna ), but Parsons says the pirates will gain his revenge on David Robinson for him. Hunting for wild turkey, Ernst and Billy encounter Scaggs and his landing party. Believing Scaggs to be an honorable man, Ernst accepts his invitation to go aboard, but Billy has second thoughts. Billy's fears are soon realized when Scaggs makes Ernst walk the plank, believing he is lying about there being no-one else on the island. Parsons arrives and tells Scaggs about the Robinson family. The family are surprised at night and overrun by the pirates. Scaggs and Mary take possession of the tree house - and show no signs of being in a hurry to leave... Parsons convinces Scaggs that David killed his brother and Scaggs decides to hold a trial, with himself as judge, jury and hangman. Ernst escapes from imprisonment on the pirate ship and almost rescues the family, before being overcome. Scaggs finds David guilty and sentences him to hang. Elizabeth pleads successfully for his life, saying that the family will stay on the island and provide Scaggs with a safe haven and regular food from their little farm. Parsons is furious at David's reprieve and Ben has to prevent him from killing David himself. Despite his piracy, Scaggs regards himself as a true-blue Englishman. When he discovers the family plan to celebrate the Fourth of July, he is enraged. He demands that David renounce America and swear an oath of loyalty to the English Crown. David and the rest of the family refuse, and Scaggs orders them to be put to death. The family are saved when Billy pretends that the feverish Emily has smallpox. Terrified of this deadly contagious disease, the pirates flee, leaving Parsons to beat a hasty retreat from David's musket. Even though the pirates have destroyed most of their crops and animals, and they will have to start afresh, the family celebrate their Fourth of July and their freedom from tyranny.

Season 1, Episode 8: Invasion: Part 2

11 September 1998
Third/fourth month. The family are still battling against the forces of Mother nature (and often themselves) and are looking forward to their first harvest, which they plan to celebrate on the Fourth of July, American Independence Day. Ernst, however, is still hopeful of rescue, so that he can build a career( as a writer ) for himself back in civilization. Unknown to anyone a ship is heading towards the island. She is The Viper, a notorious pirate ship captained by the rascally "Captain" Samuel Scaggs and his ex-convict partner, Bonnie Mary. Ben is excited when he sees a ship heading for the Robinsons's island. Parsons recognizes The Viper and advises that he has a mate on board. Ben wants to warn the Robinson family, (probably due to his continuing infatuation with Joanna ), but Parsons says the pirates will gain his revenge on David Robinson for him. Hunting for wild turkey, Ernst and Billy encounter Scaggs and his landing party. Believing Scaggs to be an honorable man, Ernst accepts his invitation to go aboard, but Billy has second thoughts. Billy's fears are soon realized when Scaggs makes Ernst walk the plank, believing he is lying about there being no-one else on the island. Parsons arrives and tells Scaggs about the Robinson family. The family are surprised at night and overrun by the pirates. Scaggs and Mary take possession of the tree house - and show no signs of being in a hurry to leave... Parsons convinces Scaggs that David killed his brother and Scaggs decides to hold a trial, with himself as judge, jury and hangman. Ernst escapes from imprisonment on the pirate ship and almost rescues the family, before being overcome. Scaggs finds David guilty and sentences him to hang. Elizabeth pleads successfully for his life, saying that the family will stay on the island and provide Scaggs with a safe haven and regular food from their little farm. Parsons is furious at David's reprieve and Ben has to prevent him from killing David himself. Despite his piracy, Scaggs regards himself as a true-blue Englishman. When he discovers the family plan to celebrate the Fourth of July, he is enraged. He demands that David renounce America and swear an oath of loyalty to the English Crown. David and the rest of the family refuse, and Scaggs orders them to be put to death. The family are saved when Billy pretends that the feverish Emily has smallpox. Terrified of this deadly contagious disease, the pirates flee, leaving Parsons to beat a hasty retreat from David's musket. Even though the pirates have destroyed most of their crops and animals, and they will have to start afresh, the family celebrate their Fourth of July and their freedom from tyranny.

Season 1, Episode 9: Invasion: Part 3

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Third/fourth month. The family are still battling against the forces of Mother nature (and often themselves) and are looking forward to their first harvest, which they plan to celebrate on the Fourth of July, American Independence Day. Ernst, however, is still hopeful of rescue, so that he can build a career( as a writer ) for himself back in civilization. Unknown to anyone a ship is heading towards the island. She is The Viper, a notorious pirate ship captained by the rascally "Captain" Samuel Scaggs and his ex-convict partner, Bonnie Mary. Ben is excited when he sees a ship heading for the Robinsons's island. Parsons recognizes The Viper and advises that he has a mate on board. Ben wants to warn the Robinson family, (probably due to his continuing infatuation with Joanna ), but Parsons says the pirates will gain his revenge on David Robinson for him. Hunting for wild turkey, Ernst and Billy encounter Scaggs and his landing party. Believing Scaggs to be an honorable man, Ernst accepts his invitation to go aboard, but Billy has second thoughts. Billy's fears are soon realized when Scaggs makes Ernst walk the plank, believing he is lying about there being no-one else on the island. Parsons arrives and tells Scaggs about the Robinson family. The family are surprised at night and overrun by the pirates. Scaggs and Mary take possession of the tree house - and show no signs of being in a hurry to leave... Parsons convinces Scaggs that David killed his brother and Scaggs decides to hold a trial, with himself as judge, jury and hangman. Ernst escapes from imprisonment on the pirate ship and almost rescues the family, before being overcome. Scaggs finds David guilty and sentences him to hang. Elizabeth pleads successfully for his life, saying that the family will stay on the island and provide Scaggs with a safe haven and regular food from their little farm. Parsons is furious at David's reprieve and Ben has to prevent him from killing David himself. Despite his piracy, Scaggs regards himself as a true-blue Englishman. When he discovers the family plan to celebrate the Fourth of July, he is enraged. He demands that David renounce America and swear an oath of loyalty to the English Crown. David and the rest of the family refuse, and Scaggs orders them to be put to death. The family are saved when Billy pretends that the feverish Emily has smallpox. Terrified of this deadly contagious disease, the pirates flee, leaving Parsons to beat a hasty retreat from David's musket. Even though the pirates have destroyed most of their crops and animals, and they will have to start afresh, the family celebrate their Fourth of July and their freedom from tyranny.

Season 1, Episode 10: Princess from the Sea: Part 1

15 September 1998
The family still look to each other - and often the dear Lord - for comfort, support and guidance as they struggle with life in the natural world which at times feels like a tropical paradise and other times like a prison. The family decide to build a fort on a hill to defend themselves in the event of attack again from any third parties such as pirates/natives. While searching for driftwood, Ernst sees a beautiful native girl arrive alone in a canoe. She is tired and distressed. He is trying to befriend her when a war canoe arrives in pursuit of the girl. She and Ernst hide in the burial chamber, where they are finally rescued by David. The family revive the girl and discover she is a princess, Moya the daughter of the king (the same king from Book Two ). Moya tells the family that a tribal war has broken out on their island. Her father has been killed and she has run away because her life is in danger. The family decide to welcome Moya into the family fold. Unknown to the family, the shaman has stayed behind from the war party, determined to kill the princess since she is heiress to her native kingdom. Moya starts to live with the family and the two cultures come to understand something of each others ways. Ernst becomes infatuated with the girl. Moya is an expert pearl diver and offers to help the family search the wreck for additional materials that may be useful for the new fortress the family are building. .The shaman, casting his dark spell, gets Moya into difficulties as she searches the submerged wreck. She is rescued by David, but shortly after, the family are alarmed to see another war canoe arrive. Fleeing to their newly built fort the family prepare to defend themselves. To their relief they discover the native party is led by the young man to whom Moya is betrothed. He has defeated the rival group and come in search of Moya. With the shaman vanquished, Moya and her prince return to their island, leaving Ernst broken-hearted at Moya's leaving - but he knows she must return to where she belongs and perhaps one day the Robinson family will return to their own home too.

Kieren Hutchison ... Ernst Robinson
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas

Miriama Smith ... Princess Moya

Season 1, Episode 11: Princess from the Sea: Part 2

16 September 1998
The family still look to each other - and often the dear Lord - for comfort, support and guidance as they struggle with life in the natural world which at times feels like a tropical paradise and other times like a prison. The family decide to build a fort on a hill to defend themselves in the event of attack again from any third parties such as pirates/natives. While searching for driftwood, Ernst sees a beautiful native girl arrive alone in a canoe. She is tired and distressed. He is trying to befriend her when a war canoe arrives in pursuit of the girl. She and Ernst hide in the burial chamber, where they are finally rescued by David. The family revive the girl and discover she is a princess, Moya the daughter of the king (the same king from Book Two ). Moya tells the family that a tribal war has broken out on their island. Her father has been killed and she has run away because her life is in danger. The family decide to welcome Moya into the family fold. Unknown to the family, the shaman has stayed behind from the war party, determined to kill the princess since she is heiress to her native kingdom. Moya starts to live with the family and the two cultures come to understand something of each others ways. Ernst becomes infatuated with the girl. Moya is an expert pearl diver and offers to help the family search the wreck for additional materials that may be useful for the new fortress the family are building. .The shaman, casting his dark spell, gets Moya into difficulties as she searches the submerged wreck. She is rescued by David, but shortly after, the family are alarmed to see another war canoe arrive. Fleeing to their newly built fort the family prepare to defend themselves. To their relief they discover the native party is led by the young man to whom Moya is betrothed. He has defeated the rival group and come in search of Moya. With the shaman vanquished, Moya and her prince return to their island, leaving Ernst broken-hearted at Moya's leaving - but he knows she must return to where she belongs and perhaps one day the Robinson family will return to their own home too.
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas

Season 1, Episode 12: Princess from the Sea: Part 3

17 September 1998
The family still look to each other - and often the dear Lord - for comfort, support and guidance as they struggle with life in the natural world which at times feels like a tropical paradise and other times like a prison. The family decide to build a fort on a hill to defend themselves in the event of attack again from any third parties such as pirates/natives. While searching for driftwood, Ernst sees a beautiful native girl arrive alone in a canoe. She is tired and distressed. He is trying to befriend her when a war canoe arrives in pursuit of the girl. She and Ernst hide in the burial chamber, where they are finally rescued by David. The family revive the girl and discover she is a princess, Moya the daughter of the king (the same king from Book Two ). Moya tells the family that a tribal war has broken out on their island. Her father has been killed and she has run away because her life is in danger. The family decide to welcome Moya into the family fold. Unknown to the family, the shaman has stayed behind from the war party, determined to kill the princess since she is heiress to her native kingdom. Moya starts to live with the family and the two cultures come to understand something of each others ways. Ernst becomes infatuated with the girl. Moya is an expert pearl diver and offers to help the family search the wreck for additional materials that may be useful for the new fortress the family are building. .The shaman, casting his dark spell, gets Moya into difficulties as she searches the submerged wreck. She is rescued by David, but shortly after, the family are alarmed to see another war canoe arrive. Fleeing to their newly built fort the family prepare to defend themselves. To their relief they discover the native party is led by the young man to whom Moya is betrothed. He has defeated the rival group and come in search of Moya. With the shaman vanquished, Moya and her prince return to their island, leaving Ernst broken-hearted at Moya's leaving - but he knows she must return to where she belongs and perhaps one day the Robinson family will return to their own home too.
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas

Season 1, Episode 13: Captives: Part 1

20 September 1998
As always, through Ernst's narration and his diary we view life on the island though his eyes and realize that the Robinsons have been shipwrecked for approximately six months. The family celebrate their first harvest. All seems peaceful and idyllic, but while out hunting Joanna and Ernst discover animal spoor of a seemingly large ape like creature. David is keen to investigate, but Elizabeth is concerned for her family's safety. Christina is captured by Ben and Parsons, who take her back to their island. When Parsons sees her black pearl, he becomes convinced that the Robinsons have a treasure hoard. He persuades Ben they should go after it. Running from a wild cat in the forest Billy gets lost, and is stung by a strange insect in a swamp. Escaping a rain squall Billy hides in a small cave in the hills. When he wakes there is a large gorilla sitting in the mouth of the cave. With David and Ernst away searching for Billy, Parsons storms the tree house and demands the treasure. Emily hides her private jewels that she has kept hidden. Finding no treasure, Parsons demands that David gives himself up in exchange for Christina's safe return. Parsons takes the family's raft so they won't be able to pursue him. Looking for Billy, David slips into a swamp and is also bitten by a strange insect. Meanwhile, the gorilla has discovered Billy. At first the creature shows aggression, but sensing Billy is helpless, it quietens down. Unable to escape from the cave, Billy settles down to wait, but begins to feel very ill and discovers purple blotches on his skin. When Emily's jewels are accidentally discovered, David demands that they try to buy Parsons off with them, despite Emily's protests that they are her dowry. But how to get a message to Parsons? Despite the family's misgivings that the swim may be too far for their dog, Bruno is sent to Parsons island with a message tied to his collar. As they wait for a response, David Robinson also falls ill with purple blotches on his skin. Elizabeth's remedies cannot cure him. Billy, ill, but desperately hungry eats some leaves the gorilla has brought as food. After a while he recovers and with the gorilla away, he escapes. He returns to the tree house and finds David gravely ill. Elizabeth gleans that Billy had the same illness, and realizes that the leaves he ate must be a cure. More leaves are found and David is given an infusion. Parsons takes Christina to rendezvous with the family. Parsons is given Emily's jewels, but demands David Robinson as well. As the ailing David prepares to give himself up, Christina gives Parsons the slip and he and Ben are chased off by Ernst and Billy. David recovers and the family rejoice.
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas

Season 1, Episode 14: Captives: Part 2

21 September 1998
As always, through Ernst's narration and his diary we view life on the island though his eyes and realize that the Robinsons have been shipwrecked for approximately six months. The family celebrate their first harvest. All seems peaceful and idyllic, but while out hunting Joanna and Ernst discover animal spoor of a seemingly large ape like creature. David is keen to investigate, but Elizabeth is concerned for her family's safety. Christina is captured by Ben and Parsons, who take her back to their island. When Parsons sees her black pearl, he becomes convinced that the Robinsons have a treasure hoard. He persuades Ben they should go after it. Running from a wild cat in the forest Billy gets lost, and is stung by a strange insect in a swamp. Escaping a rain squall Billy hides in a small cave in the hills. When he wakes there is a large gorilla sitting in the mouth of the cave. With David and Ernst away searching for Billy, Parsons storms the tree house and demands the treasure. Emily hides her private jewels that she has kept hidden. Finding no treasure, Parsons demands that David gives himself up in exchange for Christina's safe return. Parsons takes the family's raft so they won't be able to pursue him. Looking for Billy, David slips into a swamp and is also bitten by a strange insect. Meanwhile, the gorilla has discovered Billy. At first the creature shows aggression, but sensing Billy is helpless, it quietens down. Unable to escape from the cave, Billy settles down to wait, but begins to feel very ill and discovers purple blotches on his skin. When Emily's jewels are accidentally discovered, David demands that they try to buy Parsons off with them, despite Emily's protests that they are her dowry. But how to get a message to Parsons? Despite the family's misgivings that the swim may be too far for their dog, Bruno is sent to Parsons island with a message tied to his collar. As they wait for a response, David Robinson also falls ill with purple blotches on his skin. Elizabeth's remedies cannot cure him. Billy, ill, but desperately hungry eats some leaves the gorilla has brought as food. After a while he recovers and with the gorilla away, he escapes. He returns to the tree house and finds David gravely ill. Elizabeth gleans that Billy had the same illness, and realizes that the leaves he ate must be a cure. More leaves are found and David is given an infusion. Parsons takes Christina to rendezvous with the family. Parsons is given Emily's jewels, but demands David Robinson as well. As the ailing David prepares to give himself up, Christina gives Parsons the slip and he and Ben are chased off by Ernst and Billy. David recovers and the family rejoice.
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas

Season 1, Episode 15: Captives: Part 3

22 September 1998
As always, through Ernst's narration and his diary we view life on the island though his eyes and realize that the Robinsons have been shipwrecked for approximately six months. The family celebrate their first harvest. All seems peaceful and idyllic, but while out hunting Joanna and Ernst discover animal spoor of a seemingly large ape like creature. David is keen to investigate, but Elizabeth is concerned for her family's safety. Christina is captured by Ben and Parsons, who take her back to their island. When Parsons sees her black pearl, he becomes convinced that the Robinsons have a treasure hoard. He persuades Ben they should go after it. Running from a wild cat in the forest Billy gets lost, and is stung by a strange insect in a swamp. Escaping a rain squall Billy hides in a small cave in the hills. When he wakes there is a large gorilla sitting in the mouth of the cave. With David and Ernst away searching for Billy, Parsons storms the tree house and demands the treasure. Emily hides her private jewels that she has kept hidden. Finding no treasure, Parsons demands that David gives himself up in exchange for Christina's safe return. Parsons takes the family's raft so they won't be able to pursue him. Looking for Billy, David slips into a swamp and is also bitten by a strange insect. Meanwhile, the gorilla has discovered Billy. At first the creature shows aggression, but sensing Billy is helpless, it quietens down. Unable to escape from the cave, Billy settles down to wait, but begins to feel very ill and discovers purple blotches on his skin. When Emily's jewels are accidentally discovered, David demands that they try to buy Parsons off with them, despite Emily's protests that they are her dowry. But how to get a message to Parsons? Despite the family's misgivings that the swim may be too far for their dog, Bruno is sent to Parsons island with a message tied to his collar. As they wait for a response, David Robinson also falls ill with purple blotches on his skin. Elizabeth's remedies cannot cure him. Billy, ill, but desperately hungry eats some leaves the gorilla has brought as food. After a while he recovers and with the gorilla away, he escapes. He returns to the tree house and finds David gravely ill. Elizabeth gleans that Billy had the same illness, and realizes that the leaves he ate must be a cure. More leaves are found and David is given an infusion. Parsons takes Christina to rendezvous with the family. Parsons is given Emily's jewels, but demands David Robinson as well. As the ailing David prepares to give himself up, Christina gives Parsons the slip and he and Ben are chased off by Ernst and Billy. David recovers and the family rejoice.
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas

Season 1, Episode 16: The Ghost of Raven Jones: Part 1

23 September 1998
Monsoon winds have destroyed the family's crops and set their animals free. Tensions run high between family members now that they're faced with the prospect of starting again and once more have to go hunting for food. Ernst in particular is angry with David for seeming to have given up on the daily ritual of lighting the beacon, in the hope of attracting rescue. He confronts his father and an angry scene ensues. Elizabeth confirms David's growing realization that Ernst is simply coming of age and both pray that he receives guidance from the dear Lord as he struggles with approaching manhood in the tropical ( and at times dangerous/claustrophobic paradise). During a hunting expedition, Billy, Ernst and Emily are "haunted" by a ghostly sound. Emily is already convinced of the presence of ghosts on the island, and the nightly moaning of the monsoon winds only adds to the feeling of dread. The ghostly figure of an old man appears to Christina and terrifies her. When the old man appears to Ernst, the young man gives chase, only to be captured by the old man and kept prisoner in a cave. The old man turns out to be "Raven Jones", an almost mythical pirate and adventurer who escaped hanging and disappeared many years ago. Driven mad by years of solitude, Jones is paranoid that the Robinsons are searching for an imagined horde of treasure, hidden somewhere on the island, which he has been looking for himself. Jones has been trying to drive them away from the island with his ghostly antics. He prepares to kill Ernst, but by appealing to the hero that Raven Jones once was, Ernst wins a stay of execution. By now, however, Parsons has got wind of the "treasure" and comes after Raven Jones. There is a violent confrontation, during which Raven Jones is killed defending Ernst, who is left hanging over a ravine. Parsons has Ernst at his mercy. The family arrive just in time to save Ernst and it is Parsons who ends up in the ravine. David and Ernst are reconciled. But Parsons lives to fight another day. Raven Jones is given a decent burial, and the family discover a bountiful crop of rice, grown by the man over many years (his real treasure). Ernst in turn through his narration realizes that his particular treasure is the love and support of his family.
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas
Martyn Sanderson ... Raven Jones

Season 1, Episode 17: The Ghost of Raven Jones: Part 2

26 September 1998
Monsoon winds have destroyed the family's crops and set their animals free. Tensions run high between family members now that they're faced with the prospect of starting again and once more have to go hunting for food. Ernst in particular is angry with David for seeming to have given up on the daily ritual of lighting the beacon, in the hope of attracting rescue. He confronts his father and an angry scene ensues. Elizabeth confirms David's growing realization that Ernst is simply coming of age and both pray that he receives guidance from the dear Lord as he struggles with approaching manhood in the tropical ( and at times dangerous/claustrophobic paradise). During a hunting expedition, Billy, Ernst and Emily are "haunted" by a ghostly sound. Emily is already convinced of the presence of ghosts on the island, and the nightly moaning of the monsoon winds only adds to the feeling of dread. The ghostly figure of an old man appears to Christina and terrifies her. When the old man appears to Ernst, the young man gives chase, only to be captured by the old man and kept prisoner in a cave. The old man turns out to be "Raven Jones", an almost mythical pirate and adventurer who escaped hanging and disappeared many years ago. Driven mad by years of solitude, Jones is paranoid that the Robinsons are searching for an imagined horde of treasure, hidden somewhere on the island, which he has been looking for himself. Jones has been trying to drive them away from the island with his ghostly antics. He prepares to kill Ernst, but by appealing to the hero that Raven Jones once was, Ernst wins a stay of execution. By now, however, Parsons has got wind of the "treasure" and comes after Raven Jones. There is a violent confrontation, during which Raven Jones is killed defending Ernst, who is left hanging over a ravine. Parsons has Ernst at his mercy. The family arrive just in time to save Ernst and it is Parsons who ends up in the ravine. David and Ernst are reconciled. But Parsons lives to fight another day. Raven Jones is given a decent burial, and the family discover a bountiful crop of rice, grown by the man over many years (his real treasure). Ernst in turn through his narration realizes that his particular treasure is the love and support of his family.
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas
Martyn Sanderson ... Raven Jones

Season 1, Episode 18: The Ghost of Raven Jones: Part 3

27 September 1998
Monsoon winds have destroyed the family's crops and set their animals free. Tensions run high between family members now that they're faced with the prospect of starting again and once more have to go hunting for food. Ernst in particular is angry with David for seeming to have given up on the daily ritual of lighting the beacon, in the hope of attracting rescue. He confronts his father and an angry scene ensues. Elizabeth confirms David's growing realization that Ernst is simply coming of age and both pray that he receives guidance from the dear Lord as he struggles with approaching manhood in the tropical ( and at times dangerous/claustrophobic paradise). During a hunting expedition, Billy, Ernst and Emily are "haunted" by a ghostly sound. Emily is already convinced of the presence of ghosts on the island, and the nightly moaning of the monsoon winds only adds to the feeling of dread. The ghostly figure of an old man appears to Christina and terrifies her. When the old man appears to Ernst, the young man gives chase, only to be captured by the old man and kept prisoner in a cave. The old man turns out to be "Raven Jones", an almost mythical pirate and adventurer who escaped hanging and disappeared many years ago. Driven mad by years of solitude, Jones is paranoid that the Robinsons are searching for an imagined horde of treasure, hidden somewhere on the island, which he has been looking for himself. Jones has been trying to drive them away from the island with his ghostly antics. He prepares to kill Ernst, but by appealing to the hero that Raven Jones once was, Ernst wins a stay of execution. By now, however, Parsons has got wind of the "treasure" and comes after Raven Jones. There is a violent confrontation, during which Raven Jones is killed defending Ernst, who is left hanging over a ravine. Parsons has Ernst at his mercy. The family arrive just in time to save Ernst and it is Parsons who ends up in the ravine. David and Ernst are reconciled. But Parsons lives to fight another day. Raven Jones is given a decent burial, and the family discover a bountiful crop of rice, grown by the man over many years (his real treasure). Ernst in turn through his narration realizes that his particular treasure is the love and support of his family.
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas
Martyn Sanderson ... Raven Jones

Season 1, Episode 19: The Treasure Hunt: Part 1

28 September 1998
The family bonds are particularly strong as Christmas approaches and sentiments are mixed with each member of the family reflecting on the life they once had back in Boston - and a life in the natural world. Christina and Billy are concerned if St. Nicholas can never find their island home and the family improvise the making of gifts and preparations. For all that the situation seems tragically hopeless, David and Elizabeth rally the family and they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ - and Christmas in their island home with the improvised tree and presents. Ernst gets the ship's sextant, and Joanna the old treasure map. Other members of the family exchange their home made gifts and decorate the tree house (and pet animals). Parsons and Ben, on their nearby island, hear the family singing carols. Ben is wistful, but Parsons is still bent on revenge. Over the ensuing days , the fort is damaged by a raging storm and David insists that everyone must help repair. Joanna is annoyed. She wants to hunt for treasure ( and sees if her map is of substance ). Early next day Joanna takes the raft and goes off alone. Joanna sees pirates and tries to get home, but she is captured by Parsons and Ben. Leaving Ernst caring for Elizabeth and organizing the fort defenses, David goes off in search of Joanna. Parsons offers Scaggs, the Pirate Captain, the treasure map and Joanna, in return for a passage. Scaggs agrees. But while the pirates sleep, David arrives and with Ben's help releases Joanna. Fleeing the pirates through the forest, Joanna is scared by a human skull nailed to a tree. Trying to hide she, Ben and David fall into a concealed hole. Unable to climb out, they explore a tunnel leading from the hole. They are almost killed by a booby trap before reaching a high-roofed cavern with a treasure chest in the center. Ben is caught in a net which whisks him up to the roof. As he swings there, helpless, the pirates discover the tunnel. David and Joanna escape, but Joanna persuades David to return to try and rescue young Ben, who has clearly come over to their side. As they rescue Ben the group are surprised by the pirates returning. Ben rescues the situation by blowing up the tunnel with a small keg of gunpowder that was another booby trap. Scaggs is killed in the explosion and Parsons joins forces with Bonnie Mary, the new captain. The Robinsons are threatened by the pirates sailing into their bay. The family have only one shot for the cannon in their fort, but Ben makes it count, sinking the ship's boat in which the pirates are about to come ashore. Unaware that the family have no more cannonballs, the pirates turn tail and sail away - and the Robinsons celebrate the successful conclusion to yet another adventure and certainly a Christmas that they will always remember.

Season 1, Episode 20: The Treasure Hunt: Part 2

29 September 1998
The family bonds are particularly strong as Christmas approaches and sentiments are mixed with each member of the family reflecting on the life they once had back in Boston - and a life in the natural world. Christina and Billy are concerned if St. Nicholas can never find their island home and the family improvise the making of gifts and preparations. For all that the situation seems tragically hopeless, David and Elizabeth rally the family and they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ - and Christmas in their island home with the improvised tree and presents. Ernst gets the ship's sextant, and Joanna the old treasure map. Other members of the family exchange their home made gifts and decorate the tree house (and pet animals). Parsons and Ben, on their nearby island, hear the family singing carols. Ben is wistful, but Parsons is still bent on revenge. Over the ensuing days , the fort is damaged by a raging storm and David insists that everyone must help repair. Joanna is annoyed. She wants to hunt for treasure ( and sees if her map is of substance ). Early next day Joanna takes the raft and goes off alone. Joanna sees pirates and tries to get home, but she is captured by Parsons and Ben. Leaving Ernst caring for Elizabeth and organizing the fort defenses, David goes off in search of Joanna. Parsons offers Scaggs, the Pirate Captain, the treasure map and Joanna, in return for a passage. Scaggs agrees. But while the pirates sleep, David arrives and with Ben's help releases Joanna. Fleeing the pirates through the forest, Joanna is scared by a human skull nailed to a tree. Trying to hide she, Ben and David fall into a concealed hole. Unable to climb out, they explore a tunnel leading from the hole. They are almost killed by a booby trap before reaching a high-roofed cavern with a treasure chest in the center. Ben is caught in a net which whisks him up to the roof. As he swings there, helpless, the pirates discover the tunnel. David and Joanna escape, but Joanna persuades David to return to try and rescue young Ben, who has clearly come over to their side. As they rescue Ben the group are surprised by the pirates returning. Ben rescues the situation by blowing up the tunnel with a small keg of gunpowder that was another booby trap. Scaggs is killed in the explosion and Parsons joins forces with Bonnie Mary, the new captain. The Robinsons are threatened by the pirates sailing into their bay. The family have only one shot for the cannon in their fort, but Ben makes it count, sinking the ship's boat in which the pirates are about to come ashore. Unaware that the family have no more cannonballs, the pirates turn tail and sail away - and the Robinsons celebrate the successful conclusion to yet another adventure and certainly a Christmas that they will always remember.

Season 1, Episode 21: The Treasure Hunt: Part 3

2 October 1998
The family bonds are particularly strong as Christmas approaches and sentiments are mixed with each member of the family reflecting on the life they once had back in Boston - and a life in the natural world. Christina and Billy are concerned if St. Nicholas can never find their island home and the family improvise the making of gifts and preparations. For all that the situation seems tragically hopeless, David and Elizabeth rally the family and they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ - and Christmas in their island home with the improvised tree and presents. Ernst gets the ship's sextant, and Joanna the old treasure map. Other members of the family exchange their home made gifts and decorate the tree house (and pet animals). Parsons and Ben, on their nearby island, hear the family singing carols. Ben is wistful, but Parsons is still bent on revenge. Over the ensuing days , the fort is damaged by a raging storm and David insists that everyone must help repair. Joanna is annoyed. She wants to hunt for treasure ( and sees if her map is of substance ). Early next day Joanna takes the raft and goes off alone. Joanna sees pirates and tries to get home, but she is captured by Parsons and Ben. Leaving Ernst caring for Elizabeth and organizing the fort defenses, David goes off in search of Joanna. Parsons offers Scaggs, the Pirate Captain, the treasure map and Joanna, in return for a passage. Scaggs agrees. But while the pirates sleep, David arrives and with Ben's help releases Joanna. Fleeing the pirates through the forest, Joanna is scared by a human skull nailed to a tree. Trying to hide she, Ben and David fall into a concealed hole. Unable to climb out, they explore a tunnel leading from the hole. They are almost killed by a booby trap before reaching a high-roofed cavern with a treasure chest in the center. Ben is caught in a net which whisks him up to the roof. As he swings there, helpless, the pirates discover the tunnel. David and Joanna escape, but Joanna persuades David to return to try and rescue young Ben, who has clearly come over to their side. As they rescue Ben the group are surprised by the pirates returning. Ben rescues the situation by blowing up the tunnel with a small keg of gunpowder that was another booby trap. Scaggs is killed in the explosion and Parsons joins forces with Bonnie Mary, the new captain. The Robinsons are threatened by the pirates sailing into their bay. The family have only one shot for the cannon in their fort, but Ben makes it count, sinking the ship's boat in which the pirates are about to come ashore. Unaware that the family have no more cannonballs, the pirates turn tail and sail away - and the Robinsons celebrate the successful conclusion to yet another adventure and certainly a Christmas that they will always remember.

Season 1, Episode 22: Starcrossed Lovers: Part 1

3 October 1998
Approximately month fourteen. Ben is now a member of the family group, but David is concerned that he and Joanna are becoming very close. He tries various means to keep them apart, despite Elizabeth's view that the more he tries , the more the young couple will seek to see each other. Billy and Christina are trying to secretly build a raft to explore a nearby river, but David's insistence on them doing school lessons is hampering their progress. Billy tricks Emily into doing the schoolwork for them and the raft progresses. When Billy overhears Ben declaring his love to Joanna, he foolishly tells Christina, who lets it slip at the family dinner table. David is outraged and a confrontation occurs between the father and the young lovestruck youth. Banished from the compound, Ben goes to live in a cave. Billy and Christina's raft voyage is cut short when it falls apart. Having gained dry land the youngsters are confronted by a large wild dog. Ben rescues them and takes them safely home. David is grateful but still cool. Ben comes to Joanna at night and persuades her to leave with him. David sets off in furious pursuit to Ben's cave. Joanna is on her own when she hears her father coming. She retreats into the maze of tunnels leading from the cave and gets lost. Ben and David meet, each convinced that the other has spirited Joanna away. Realising that Joanna is in the tunnel maze, the two antagonists go in search of her. At the tree house Elizabeth starts to give birth. Emily is forced to act as midwife. Joanna is attacked by the wild dog in the tunnels but is rescued by David and Ben. As they emerge they see a ship on the horizon. Ernst is despatched to light the beacon. David and Ben return home to find the baby well, but Elizabeth has a fever. Emily learns of the ship and secretly puts out the beacon. Discovered by Ernst, she explains that seeing Ben and Joanna, and being present at the birth, has changed her mind about entering into the loveless marriage that is her future. She is desperate not to be rescued. Ernst is furious as his mother is ill and feels that the ship may have had a doctor who could have cured her. Distraught, Emily secretly dives down to the wreck of the ship to recover a sealed box of Chinese medicines she is convinced will cure Elizabeth. She is menaced by a shark, but is saved by Ben. And all the family celebrate and thank the dear Lord (and Emily) for saving Elizabeth's life upon Emily's return to the tree house. The Chinese medicines work and both Mother - and baby - survive. Elizabeth tells David that Ben may lack social refinement but that is irrelevant - he is a good and dutiful man and would make a great husband for Joanna. David agrees and is reconciled with Joanna and Ben - and the star-crossed lovers can now get married.
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas

Season 1, Episode 23: Starcrossed Lovers: Part 2

4 October 1998
Approximately month fourteen. Ben is now a member of the family group, but David is concerned that he and Joanna are becoming very close. He tries various means to keep them apart, despite Elizabeth's view that the more he tries , the more the young couple will seek to see each other. Billy and Christina are trying to secretly build a raft to explore a nearby river, but David's insistence on them doing school lessons is hampering their progress. Billy tricks Emily into doing the schoolwork for them and the raft progresses. When Billy overhears Ben declaring his love to Joanna, he foolishly tells Christina, who lets it slip at the family dinner table. David is outraged and a confrontation occurs between the father and the young lovestruck youth. Banished from the compound, Ben goes to live in a cave. Billy and Christina's raft voyage is cut short when it falls apart. Having gained dry land the youngsters are confronted by a large wild dog. Ben rescues them and takes them safely home. David is grateful but still cool. Ben comes to Joanna at night and persuades her to leave with him. David sets off in furious pursuit to Ben's cave. Joanna is on her own when she hears her father coming. She retreats into the maze of tunnels leading from the cave and gets lost. Ben and David meet, each convinced that the other has spirited Joanna away. Realising that Joanna is in the tunnel maze, the two antagonists go in search of her. At the tree house Elizabeth starts to give birth. Emily is forced to act as midwife. Joanna is attacked by the wild dog in the tunnels but is rescued by David and Ben. As they emerge they see a ship on the horizon. Ernst is despatched to light the beacon. David and Ben return home to find the baby well, but Elizabeth has a fever. Emily learns of the ship and secretly puts out the beacon. Discovered by Ernst, she explains that seeing Ben and Joanna, and being present at the birth, has changed her mind about entering into the loveless marriage that is her future. She is desperate not to be rescued. Ernst is furious as his mother is ill and feels that the ship may have had a doctor who could have cured her. Distraught, Emily secretly dives down to the wreck of the ship to recover a sealed box of Chinese medicines she is convinced will cure Elizabeth. She is menaced by a shark, but is saved by Ben. And all the family celebrate and thank the dear Lord (and Emily) for saving Elizabeth's life upon Emily's return to the tree house. The Chinese medicines work and both Mother - and baby - survive. Elizabeth tells David that Ben may lack social refinement but that is irrelevant - he is a good and dutiful man and would make a great husband for Joanna. David agrees and is reconciled with Joanna and Ben - and the star-crossed lovers can now get married.
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas

Season 1, Episode 24: Starcrossed Lovers: Part 3

5 October 1998
Approximately month fourteen. Ben is now a member of the family group, but David is concerned that he and Joanna are becoming very close. He tries various means to keep them apart, despite Elizabeth's view that the more he tries , the more the young couple will seek to see each other. Billy and Christina are trying to secretly build a raft to explore a nearby river, but David's insistence on them doing school lessons is hampering their progress. Billy tricks Emily into doing the schoolwork for them and the raft progresses. When Billy overhears Ben declaring his love to Joanna, he foolishly tells Christina, who lets it slip at the family dinner table. David is outraged and a confrontation occurs between the father and the young lovestruck youth. Banished from the compound, Ben goes to live in a cave. Billy and Christina's raft voyage is cut short when it falls apart. Having gained dry land the youngsters are confronted by a large wild dog. Ben rescues them and takes them safely home. David is grateful but still cool. Ben comes to Joanna at night and persuades her to leave with him. David sets off in furious pursuit to Ben's cave. Joanna is on her own when she hears her father coming. She retreats into the maze of tunnels leading from the cave and gets lost. Ben and David meet, each convinced that the other has spirited Joanna away. Realising that Joanna is in the tunnel maze, the two antagonists go in search of her. At the tree house Elizabeth starts to give birth. Emily is forced to act as midwife. Joanna is attacked by the wild dog in the tunnels but is rescued by David and Ben. As they emerge they see a ship on the horizon. Ernst is despatched to light the beacon. David and Ben return home to find the baby well, but Elizabeth has a fever. Emily learns of the ship and secretly puts out the beacon. Discovered by Ernst, she explains that seeing Ben and Joanna, and being present at the birth, has changed her mind about entering into the loveless marriage that is her future. She is desperate not to be rescued. Ernst is furious as his mother is ill and feels that the ship may have had a doctor who could have cured her. Distraught, Emily secretly dives down to the wreck of the ship to recover a sealed box of Chinese medicines she is convinced will cure Elizabeth. She is menaced by a shark, but is saved by Ben. And all the family celebrate and thank the dear Lord (and Emily) for saving Elizabeth's life upon Emily's return to the tree house. The Chinese medicines work and both Mother - and baby - survive. Elizabeth tells David that Ben may lack social refinement but that is irrelevant - he is a good and dutiful man and would make a great husband for Joanna. David agrees and is reconciled with Joanna and Ben - and the star-crossed lovers can now get married.
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas

Season 1, Episode 25: Paradise Lost: Part 1

8 October 1998
Month sixteen. Life is idyllic for the little community. The farm is flourishing and everyone is preparing for the forthcoming marriage of Ben and Joanna. David, as head of the community is rehearsing the impending marriage ceremony between the young lovestruck Joanna and Ben. Unknown to the family, Parsons and Bonnie Mary arrive back on the island in their pirate ship, The Viper. Parsons is bent on destroying the family. As David conducts the marriage ceremony, Parsons lines him up in his musket sights and fires. The shot hits David's bible and saves his life. The family retreat to their prepared hill fort and delay the pirates with a variety of devices they have prepared. But the odds are against them. Mary persuades Parsons that they can starve the family out, rather than risk more casualties. Parsons vengefully sets fire to the tree house. During the lull, Joanna persuades David to finish the marriage, so that she and Ben can at least die as a married couple. David completes the service. As the family are about to be overrun, an armed merchant ship comes into view, heading for the island. Fearing for her ship, Mary decides to leave. Parsons protests that he hasn't gained his revenge and refuses to go. Mary leaves him to fend for himself. The merchantman is owned by Elizabeth's father, Oscar. Kwang Sen, the Chinese merchant to whom Emily is betrothed, is also on board. Oscar is horrified that his grandchildren have apparently become savages. Kwang Sen demands Emily's obedience, but Emily no longer wants to marry him. The family side with her, and buy the merchant off with the treasure they were planning to use for their own future. Parsons appears and accuses David of murdering his brother. Oscar dismisses it, but David is determined to return home (to Boston) and clear his name. He and the family set sail for Boston. Back in Boston, the trial of David against Parsons ends when the drunken judge dismisses the charges leaving Parsons, frustrated at not having got "justice" - and the family to pick up the pieces of their broken lives as they attempt to settle back into Boston society - for haven't they finally reached home?
Matthew Chamberlain ... Collins
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas
Madeline McNamara ... Bonnie Mary

Season 1, Episode 26: Paradise Lost: Part 2

9 October 1998
Month sixteen. Life is idyllic for the little community. The farm is flourishing and everyone is preparing for the forthcoming marriage of Ben and Joanna. David, as head of the community is rehearsing the impending marriage ceremony between the young lovestruck Joanna and Ben. Unknown to the family, Parsons and Bonnie Mary arrive back on the island in their pirate ship, The Viper. Parsons is bent on destroying the family. As David conducts the marriage ceremony, Parsons lines him up in his musket sights and fires. The shot hits David's bible and saves his life. The family retreat to their prepared hill fort and delay the pirates with a variety of devices they have prepared. But the odds are against them. Mary persuades Parsons that they can starve the family out, rather than risk more casualties. Parsons vengefully sets fire to the tree house. During the lull, Joanna persuades David to finish the marriage, so that she and Ben can at least die as a married couple. David completes the service. As the family are about to be overrun, an armed merchant ship comes into view, heading for the island. Fearing for her ship, Mary decides to leave. Parsons protests that he hasn't gained his revenge and refuses to go. Mary leaves him to fend for himself. The merchantman is owned by Elizabeth's father, Oscar. Kwang Sen, the Chinese merchant to whom Emily is betrothed, is also on board. Oscar is horrified that his grandchildren have apparently become savages. Kwang Sen demands Emily's obedience, but Emily no longer wants to marry him. The family side with her, and buy the merchant off with the treasure they were planning to use for their own future. Parsons appears and accuses David of murdering his brother. Oscar dismisses it, but David is determined to return home (to Boston) and clear his name. He and the family set sail for Boston. Back in Boston, the trial of David against Parsons ends when the drunken judge dismisses the charges leaving Parsons, frustrated at not having got "justice" - and the family to pick up the pieces of their broken lives as they attempt to settle back into Boston society - for haven't they finally reached home?
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas
Madeline McNamara ... Bonnie Mary

Season 1, Episode 27: Paradise Lost: Part 3

10 October 1998
Month sixteen. Life is idyllic for the little community. The farm is flourishing and everyone is preparing for the forthcoming marriage of Ben and Joanna. David, as head of the community is rehearsing the impending marriage ceremony between the young lovestruck Joanna and Ben. Unknown to the family, Parsons and Bonnie Mary arrive back on the island in their pirate ship, The Viper. Parsons is bent on destroying the family. As David conducts the marriage ceremony, Parsons lines him up in his musket sights and fires. The shot hits David's bible and saves his life. The family retreat to their prepared hill fort and delay the pirates with a variety of devices they have prepared. But the odds are against them. Mary persuades Parsons that they can starve the family out, rather than risk more casualties. Parsons vengefully sets fire to the tree house. During the lull, Joanna persuades David to finish the marriage, so that she and Ben can at least die as a married couple. David completes the service. As the family are about to be overrun, an armed merchant ship comes into view, heading for the island. Fearing for her ship, Mary decides to leave. Parsons protests that he hasn't gained his revenge and refuses to go. Mary leaves him to fend for himself. The merchantman is owned by Elizabeth's father, Oscar. Kwang Sen, the Chinese merchant to whom Emily is betrothed, is also on board. Oscar is horrified that his grandchildren have apparently become savages. Kwang Sen demands Emily's obedience, but Emily no longer wants to marry him. The family side with her, and buy the merchant off with the treasure they were planning to use for their own future. Parsons appears and accuses David of murdering his brother. Oscar dismisses it, but David is determined to return home (to Boston) and clear his name. He and the family set sail for Boston. Back in Boston, the trial of David against Parsons ends when the drunken judge dismisses the charges leaving Parsons, frustrated at not having got "justice" - and the family to pick up the pieces of their broken lives as they attempt to settle back into Boston society - for haven't they finally reached home?
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas

Season 1, Episode 28: Boston: Part 1

11 October 1998
After the trial the family expect life to return to normal, but they feel uncomfortable having been used to the freedom of the island. Billy, as an orphaned black boy is looked down by society and ex-seaman Ben is also ostracized by Boston society as beneath them. To the family's horror, David is arrested and thrown into gaol. The family discover that Kwang Sen, who has his own vendetta against the family, has hired a top lawyer to get the murder trial reopened on the grounds that the original trial was improperly conducted. The family find their lives beginning to come apart. Ben feels uncomfortable working for Oscar, and Oscar encourages this discomfort, wanting to rid himself of this embarrassing relative. Oscar finally convinces Ben that Joanna would be better off without him and gives Ben money to go away and start a new life in Australia. Joanna discovers this at the last minute and stops Ben as the ship is about to sail. Billy feels redundant and resents being treated like a pet, as he sees it. He disappears, much to Christina's distress. He is driven to steal a loaf of bread out of hunger. Suddenly he is grabbed by a gang of men. Christina, distressed at Billy's disappearance goes off in search of him. She gets herself lost in the woods, but is rescued by Ernst. David is finally vindicated at the second trial and released. The family, thoroughly disenchanted with "civilisation" decide to return to their island. An envoy from the President asks David to claim the island for America and become its first governor. Ernst and Emily decide to stay in Boston and pursue their own careers On board ship the family are delighted to be reunited with Billy, who had been press-ganged as a cabin boy by the group of men we saw earlier. The family return to their island with Billy and other settlers - to renew their old life and start a new colony. The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson are far from over...

Dale Corlett ... Sergeant
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas

Season 1, Episode 29: Boston: Part 2

14 October 1998
After the trial the family expect life to return to normal, but they feel uncomfortable having been used to the freedom of the island. Billy, as an orphaned black boy is looked down by society and ex-seaman Ben is also ostracized by Boston society as beneath them. To the family's horror, David is arrested and thrown into gaol. The family discover that Kwang Sen, who has his own vendetta against the family, has hired a top lawyer to get the murder trial reopened on the grounds that the original trial was improperly conducted. The family find their lives beginning to come apart. Ben feels uncomfortable working for Oscar, and Oscar encourages this discomfort, wanting to rid himself of this embarrassing relative. Oscar finally convinces Ben that Joanna would be better off without him and gives Ben money to go away and start a new life in Australia. Joanna discovers this at the last minute and stops Ben as the ship is about to sail. Billy feels redundant and resents being treated like a pet, as he sees it. He disappears, much to Christina's distress. He is driven to steal a loaf of bread out of hunger. Suddenly he is grabbed by a gang of men. Christina, distressed at Billy's disappearance goes off in search of him. She gets herself lost in the woods, but is rescued by Ernst. David is finally vindicated at the second trial and released. The family, thoroughly disenchanted with "civilisation" decide to return to their island. An envoy from the President asks David to claim the island for America and become its first governor. Ernst and Emily decide to stay in Boston and pursue their own careers On board ship the family are delighted to be reunited with Billy, who had been press-ganged as a cabin boy by the group of men we saw earlier. The family return to their island with Billy and other settlers - to renew their old life and start a new colony. The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson are far from over...

Dale Corlett ... Sergeant
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas

Season 1, Episode 30: Boston: Part 3

15 October 1998
After the trial the family expect life to return to normal, but they feel uncomfortable having been used to the freedom of the island. Billy, as an orphaned black boy is looked down by society and ex-seaman Ben is also ostracized by Boston society as beneath them. To the family's horror, David is arrested and thrown into gaol. The family discover that Kwang Sen, who has his own vendetta against the family, has hired a top lawyer to get the murder trial reopened on the grounds that the original trial was improperly conducted. The family find their lives beginning to come apart. Ben feels uncomfortable working for Oscar, and Oscar encourages this discomfort, wanting to rid himself of this embarrassing relative. Oscar finally convinces Ben that Joanna would be better off without him and gives Ben money to go away and start a new life in Australia. Joanna discovers this at the last minute and stops Ben as the ship is about to sail. Billy feels redundant and resents being treated like a pet, as he sees it. He disappears, much to Christina's distress. He is driven to steal a loaf of bread out of hunger. Suddenly he is grabbed by a gang of men. Christina, distressed at Billy's disappearance goes off in search of him. She gets herself lost in the woods, but is rescued by Ernst. David is finally vindicated at the second trial and released. The family, thoroughly disenchanted with "civilisation" decide to return to their island. An envoy from the President asks David to claim the island for America and become its first governor. Ernst and Emily decide to stay in Boston and pursue their own careers On board ship the family are delighted to be reunited with Billy, who had been press-ganged as a cabin boy by the group of men we saw earlier. The family return to their island with Billy and other settlers - to renew their old life and start a new colony. The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson are far from over...

Dale Corlett ... Sergeant
Gareth Howells ... Ben Thomas

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