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Series cast summary:
Keith Michell ...  Cook 4 episodes, 1988
John Gregg John Gregg ...  Banks 4 episodes, 1988
Erich Hallhuber Erich Hallhuber ...  Lt. Gore 4 episodes, 1988
Jacques Penot Jacques Penot ...  Clerke 4 episodes, 1988
Steven Grives ...  Gibson 4 episodes, 1988
Carol Drinkwater ...  Elizabeth 4 episodes, 1988
Xabier Elorriaga ...  Sandwich 4 episodes, 1988
Titaine Bourne Titaine Bourne ...  Parita 4 episodes, 1988
Fernando Rey ...  Hawke 3 episodes, 1988
Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin ...  Dalrymple 3 episodes, 1988
Louise Kimitete Louise Kimitete ...  Queen Oberea 3 episodes, 1988
Tavana Tavana ...  Owhaa 3 episodes, 1988
Geoff Morrell ...  Perry 3 episodes, 1988
Maurice Risch Maurice Risch ...  Monkhouse 2 episodes, 1988
Noel Trevarthen ...  Palliser 2 episodes, 1988
Rhys McConnochie ...  King George 2 episodes, 1988
Barry Quin Barry Quin ...  Lt. Hicks 2 episodes, 1988
Peter Carroll Peter Carroll ...  Solander 2 episodes, 1988
John Dicks John Dicks ...  Green 2 episodes, 1988
Tony Martin ...  Wilkinson 2 episodes, 1988
Isadore Hiro Isadore Hiro ...  King Tu 2 episodes, 1988
Nigel Devenport Nigel Devenport ...  Jeffs 2 episodes, 1988
Emil Minty ...  Young Nick 2 episodes, 1988
Les Foxcroft Les Foxcroft ...  Old Salt 2 episodes, 1988
Robin Martin Robin Martin ...  Parkinson 2 episodes, 1988
Chris Cummings Chris Cummings ...  Webb 2 episodes, 1988


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 <>

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Release Date:

16 April 1988 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitaine James Cook See more »

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(4 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 buckaroojjSee 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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