This documentary tells the real story of the life & times of Captain James Cook; the greatest explorer in history who discovered Australia & New Zealand. His 3 great voyages of discovery ... See full summary »




2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Series cast summary:
 James Cook reenactment (4 episodes, 2007)
Bridget Bezanson ...
 Elizabeth Cook (4 episodes, 2007)
Vanessa Collingridge ...
 Herself (4 episodes, 2007)
Huw Lewis-Jones ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Lambert ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 2007)
Sophie Forgan ...
 Herself (4 episodes, 2007)
John Gascoigne ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 2007)
Samuel Laurie ...
 Young James Cook (4 episodes, 2007)
 Captain Cook (4 episodes, 2007)
Cliff Thornton ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 2007)
Robert Clancy ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 2007)
Penelope Edmonds ...
 Herself (3 episodes, 2007)
Peter Stanley ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 2007)
 Joseph Banks (3 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Hunt ...
 Dr. Solander (3 episodes, 2007)
Victor Suthren ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2007)
Ray Williams ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2007)
Barney Tupara ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2007)
Gordon Kanakanui Kahawai Leslie ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2007)
John Maynard ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2007)
Steve Cafferty ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2007)
Pulou Vaituutuu ...
 Tupaia (2 episodes, 2007)
Adam Crouch ...
 Joseph Banks (2 episodes, 2007)
Russell Healy
(2 episodes, 2007)


This documentary tells the real story of the life & times of Captain James Cook; the greatest explorer in history who discovered Australia & New Zealand. His 3 great voyages of discovery pushed the borders of the British Empire to the ends of the Earth. Written by Joyce M

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

28 October 2007 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

I apostoli tou Captain Cook  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(4 parts)


See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Gripping stuff.' — Daily Telegraph
27 November 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

'One problem with learning about history in the school room is that many incredible feats are reduced to dates and basic details. If only all tales were recounted like Captain James Cook's in this fantastic four-part documentary. Gripping stuff.' —

Daily Telegraph

The program removes Cook from the comfort zones customarily created for him and shows him as both a brilliant but flawed and driven man. He left an extraordinary legacy in scientific terms. This was effected by dedication to his purpose and his duty which overrode the demands of his personal health and safety leading ultimately to his death. As it is interesting to the scholar as well as to the neophyte, Captain Cook: obsession and discovery sets a new standard for a well- researched history which is vivid, exciting and accessible.' —

NSW Premier's History awards

'THUMBS UP! Narrator Vanessa Collingridge manages to draw the viewer into this majestic journey with her bountiful enthusiasm.' —

Sydney Morning Herald

'An intriguing examination of the way technology, society and the man's own talents combined to produce a figure who, quite literally, changed the world.' —

Sunday Age

'It's a lively presentation of history supported with good vision of the exotic scenes Cook encountered: tropical orgies, New Zealand cannibals and hip-throbbing Tahitian dancers.' —

Weekend Australian

"Must See TV' —

Daily Telegraph

'The location work in Yorkshire, Canada, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii and Australia is wondrous to see.' —

Sydney Morning Herald, Show of the Week

'This enthralling documentary carefully balances the insights and narrative of British author Vanessa Collingridge and re-enactments of Cook's expeditions without interfering with the enthralling story that unfolds.' —

Sydney Morning Herald

'5 Stars!' —

Time Out Magazine

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Royal Australian Navy Bradley-drake
Vanessa Collingridge myvarinka

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: