“The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe”?

(First broadcast in the USA in 1964; and on BBC TV (UK) in 1965 and repeated until 1981)

New page recently added:  
  Stories and photos from 
   an actor on the film set.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe11.html
     Picture Gallery with many unseen 
     colour photos.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe10.html
New page recently added:  
  Are you haunted by that  
             Theme Tune?http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe13.html

Are you haunted by that  Robinson Crusoe Theme Tune? What memories does it bring back? In this article I suggest that searching for that haunting theme tune over many years can be likened to our searching for times long gone by when life was a lot simpler and less complicated than it is today, even if it was a lot harder - just like Robinson Crusoe’s life on that island. It’s not just nostalgia that we are after but a better way of life from long gone days; and that wonderful Theme Tune from “The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” reminds us just how far modern technology has removed us from the realities more simpler life. Maybe that’s why so many people are still searching today for that wonderfully endearing and hauntingly popular theme tune. (See index below.)

See INDEX below for all the pages on this site.

Do you remember

Click middle to start the video.

There is an index of all the pages on this site below and it includes everything you need to know about the making of the series, film credits, the 1990 CD booklet text, the 2011 limited edition vinyl single, the first BBC TV schedules, a picture gallery, all about Robert Hoffman, and details of my own research in trying to find a copy of that haunting theme tune! Also included is a recording of a BBC Radio 4 programme “Robinson Crusoe Rescued Again” in which I was interveiwed.

Click here to listen a full recording of the Opening Theme Tune if it did not play when this  page was opened.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/CrusoeTheme.m4a
Click here to listen a full recording of the Closing Theme Tune.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe2.mov

The original vinyl single 

       cover from 1965.

The original vinyl

single from 1965.

CD cover 1990.

One of the 1990 VHS

   video tape covers.

CD cover 1997.

DVD cover 2007.

      In 2006 the 4-part German version was released on DVD by

Concorde Home Entertainment

     using restored 35mm prints.

The exclusive Limited Edition

    7” vinyl single released by 

       Silva Screen Records on

         28th November 2011.

   Silva Screen Records pioneered the releases  of the CD’s and DVD’s.

Robert Hoffman




(Also at the foot of each page.)

Ordering DVD’s and CD’s and downloading tracks from here.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe6.html
Picture Gallery with some unseen colour pictures from the series.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe10.html
Stories and photos from actors on the film set.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe11.html
Robert Hoffman today with links to interviews and other information.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe9.html
Are you haunted by that theme tune?http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe13.html
Archaeological digs on Robinson Crusoe Island.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe8A.html
The NEW 7” vinyl single Limited Edition - November 2011.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe14.html
Research, letters and emails, in my long quest to find that theme tune!http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe7.html
Daniel Defoe and the origins of Robinson Crusoe.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe2.html
The UK BBC TV  series schedule first shown in 1965.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe3.html
The UK BBC TV series credits and cast list; plus Episode 7 from the series.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe5.html
Introductions on the sleeves of Videos, CD’s and DVD’s.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe1.html
The 1990 CD tracks list and credits; plus 30 second excerpts from the CD.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe4.html
The 1997 CD tracks list and credits; also sleeve notes.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe4A.html
More detailed Robinson Crusoe information: plus British TV of the 60’s.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe8.html
Robinson Crusoe Island at “Wikepedia” and the original book to read.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe8.html



   The exclusive Audio CD 

  including booklet about

     recordings history etc.

      released in July 2021.

           No. SILCD1646

12″ double LP on ‘Azure Blue’ vinyl

         July 2021

For more information about the availability of CD’s and DVD’s of The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe please click HERE.https://www.silvascreen.com/silcd1646-the-adventures-of-robinson-crusoe/

Robert Hoffman. RIP: I’ve just learnt of the death of Robert Hoffman (30th August 1939 – 4th July 2022), aged 82, a handsome blond-haired Austrian actor who became familiar to generations of British children as the star of the classic black-and-white television series The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, first shown here in the UK in1965, featuring one of the most memorable theme tunes for so many, created for the English version by Robert Mellin and Gian-Piero Reverberi; up there, for me, with On White Horses.

The series was Hoffmann’s first professional acting job and became a staple of BBC children’s summer holiday schedules for many years, and the series led to many roles in German language films. He did, however, have one more moment of stardom in the UK when he was chosen to play the U-boat Captain in the 1980 film The Sea Wolves, also starring Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard and Patrick Macnee.

BBC Radio 4 programme “Robinson Crusoe Rescued Again.”http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/crusoe9A.html



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