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Captain James Cook 

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 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 ...  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 <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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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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Aged nicely
26 March 2008 | by roman8See all my reviews

I haven't seen this in a while and was pleasantly surprised to find out it aired over the past few days. To my joy, it turns out that the series - remarkable at first sight - has aged wonderfully: the low-keyed, yet intensive enthusiasm is still there, as are some particularly beautiful sights of the ships in all sort of situations. The cramped, tense atmosphere aboard a ship and life and times in the Royal Marine are shown convincingly (I remember seeing years ago Master and Commander and thinking how much of that film seemed to have been inspired by this series) - and the acting is quite outstanding, Keith Mitchell and Jacques Penot coming to mind first, but certainly not being the only ones to have made a lasting impression.

The Arctic regions could have used better effects and the South Sea, New Zeeland etc. could certainly have offered some more outstanding locations, but that is really just a very minor complaint.

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