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Treasure Island
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UK DVD Cover
Based onTreasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Screenplay byStewart Harcourt
Directed bySteve Barron
StarringEddie Izzard
Toby Regbo
Rupert Penry-Jones
Daniel Mays
Philip Glenister
Donald Sutherland
Elijah Wood
Shirley Henderson
Theme music composerAntony Genn
Martin Slattery
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
ProducersAlan Moloney
Laurie Borg
CinematographyUlf Brantås
EditorAlex Mackie
Running time180 minutes
Production companiesKindle Entertainment
MNG Films
Parallel Film Productions
DistributorBritish Sky Broadcasting
RHI Entertainment
Original networkSky1
Original release1 January (2012-01-01) –
2 January 2012 (2012-01-02) (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.[1]


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."[2] 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.[3]


  1. ^ "Sky 1 |". Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  2. ^ Sam Wollaston (2 January 2012). "TV review: Treasure Island; Endeavour". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Treasure Island, DVD review". The Daily Telegraph. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2018.