|Based on||Treasure Island|
by Robert Louis Stevenson
|Screenplay by||Stewart Harcourt|
|Directed by||Steve Barron|
|Theme music composer||Antony Genn|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||180 minutes|
|Production companies||Kindle Entertainment|
Parallel Film Productions
|Distributor||British Sky Broadcasting|
|Original release||1 January –|
2 January 2012 (UK)
Treasure Island is a two-part British television drama adaptation of the novel Treasure Island (1883) by Robert Louis Stevenson. The screenplay was written by Stewart Harcourt, produced by Laurie Borg and directed by Steve Barron. It was made by BSkyB and first shown in the United Kingdom on Sky1 on 1 & 2 January 2012.
Young Jim Hawkins (Toby Regbo) discovers a map to a legendary island of treasure belonging to the infamous Captain Flint (Donald Sutherland) and embarks on a journey aboard the ship Hispaniola to find it; however, the enigmatic Long John Silver (Eddie Izzard) and crew have other plans.
The series was moderately well received by critics, with praise towards its production values and cast, but some criticism leveled at the direction and changes to the original story.
Sam Wollaston of The Guardian wrote, "They've changed it, not just unnecessarily but unquestionably for the worse, and that's a travesty. Robert Louis Stevenson, Captain Flint, Davy Jones, will be turning in their graves/lockers." Rachel Ward of The Telegraph, however, called it "an imaginitive take", said "Izzard excels as both villain and hero, and brings his trademark humour to the role ('Let’s parle'), though it would have been nice to hear a few more squawks from his pet parrot", and praised the action.