I’m not much of a fan of books ‘adapted for TV’ due to the fact that: (a) they are generally classic books that I know and love, and (b) they get wrecked.
So when Treasure Island came up the satellite planner, a decision had to be made. Watch or pass?
The Offspring and I had just started reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s great classic, so I thought, let’s give it a go.
What a surprise.
Yes, some bits of the story had been mucked about with (poor Dr. Livesey) but on the whole, really good.
Suitably bloodthirsty, suitably swashbuckling.
Best bits? Knowing that Flint’s old shipmates are hidden in the crew of the Hispaniola, the ship, the atmosphere, the locations, the ‘X’. Oh, and having lovely (!) discussions with the Offspring about how the Royal Navy used to maintain discipline on board it’s ships.
Spot of keel-hauling before dinner, anyone?