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Summer Holidays: The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

Welcome back to My70sTV Childhood, the blog dedicated to taking you back to Britain in the 1970s and reminiscing about the importance of television in our lives. In this weeks podcast episode, we’re diving into the thrilling and enthralling world of “The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe,” a TV show that left an indelible mark on our childhood memories.

Picture this: it’s the first day of the school holidays, and you’re sitting on the carpet in front of a small television with screens no larger than 20 inches. The iconic theme music starts, and you are instantly transported to an exotic desert island, following the adventures of Robinson Crusoe. No catch-up services or video recorders back then; you had to be there at the right time, in front of the box, or you’d miss it!

“The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” was a French-German co-production, dubbed into English for British audiences. The series revolved around Robinson Crusoe, portrayed by the dashing Robert Hoffman, who finds himself shipwrecked on a deserted island, struggling to survive. The show cleverly interwove flashbacks of Crusoe’s former life, taking viewers on a journey through his adventurous past.

The drama, the fabulous locations, and even a touch of violence made the show utterly captivating. Robinson’s journey on the island, his friendships with a dog named Dick, a goat, and a parrot, and his eventual encounter with Friday, a shipwrecked man whom he befriends, all combined to create a thrilling and engaging storyline. The series managed to capture the essence of a desert island convincingly. It was the perfect program for school holidays.

As I re-watched a couple of episodes after more than 40 years, I was delighted to find that the show held up well and was still pretty good. The nostalgia-inducing theme tune, along with the dramatic storytelling, made “The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” an unforgettable fixture of our childhood TV.

Remember, we’d love to hear your memories of watching this show or any other children’s holiday favourites. Whether it’s “The Flashing Blade,” or “Hersey’s Adventures of Tintin,” share your stories with us on our blog at , Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter at @‌TVchildhood. You can also email me at

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