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Series cast summary:
Sam Neill ...  Jeremiah Blackthorn 12 episodes, 2008-2010
Philip Winchester ...  Robinson Crusoe 13 episodes, 2008-2009
Tongayi Chirisa ...  Friday 13 episodes, 2008-2009
Anna Walton ...  Susannah Crusoe 12 episodes, 2008-2009
Mark Dexter ...  Samuel Tuffley 8 episodes, 2008-2009
Mía Maestro ...  Olivia 7 episodes, 2008-2009
Kieran Bew ...  Nathan West 6 episodes, 2008-2009
Elsa Bodle Elsa Bodle ...  Sophie 6 episodes, 2008-2009
Sean Bean ...  James Crusoe 5 episodes, 2008-2010


Based on the novel written in 1719, this is said to be an action-packed period drama set in the 18th century, but with a contemporary take on race relations -- and a hero who will bear a resemblance to Angus MacGyver. NBC has committed to 13 episodes. Written by

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The wedding of Robinson and Susannah was filmed in York Minster, which was closed to the public and cleared of all modern fittings so that a giant camera crane could be installed. Other locations in the city included the Old Shambles, St Williams College, and the Merchant Adventurer's Hall. Further filming took place in the ruins of Whitby Abbey and on the Grand Turk, a 3-masted frigate then moored in Whitby harbor and previously used in the Hornblower TV show. See more »


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barely stays afloat
11 January 2009 | by lywyllynSee all my reviews

I really wanted to like this show, I really did. I willfully suspended disbelief that this show could be running aground during the shallow Pilot, but alas she didn't run hard on the wind, she kinda beached herself in order to prevent more damage to her crew and onlookers.

But no maties, I stuck with them, yes I did, I got myself on that island through episode 3 & 4.

What heck is this? McGyver meets Gilligans island? After all, the fancy gadgets and inventions are all made from shipwreck material mind you, coconut fibers and some moldy pieces from the Castaway set.

I expected to see a clam shell cell phone with all fancy gimmicky crap they had at their disposal, I mean this lad has limitless imagination and talent, but he can't get himself of the damn island nor manage invent a knack for a British accent?

This could have been a refreshingly gritty, somewhat desolate re-imagined RC story, one that brings the worlds of the native and the castaway together through struggles and painful lessons. Alas, Friday is very smart and wise guy, but here he has an Oxford degree in Literature and Philosophy too boot.

Here is hoping that the filming crew didn't eat the writers without an adequate ceremony.

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17 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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