The Coral Island (TV series)

The Coral Island is a children's television series, adapted from the 19th-century novel The Coral Island by Scottish author R. M. Ballantyne.[1] The series of 9 episodes was a joint production of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Thames Television.[2] It was filmed on location in the western Samoan village of Salamumu and then on the Whitsunday Islands off the Queensland coast in 1981.[3][4]

Coral Island
Written byJames Andrew Hall
Directed byChris Thomson
Ray Brown
Ray Alchin
StarringNicholas Bond-Owen
Gerard Kennedy
Composer(s)Bruce Smeaton
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes9
Running time30 mins
Original networkABC
Original release1983

The series was first broadcast in Australia on ABC-TV on 6 January 1983.[5]


The story, set in 1840, centers on 3 boys from England and their struggle for survival when they are shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island. Jack (played by Scott McGregor), Peterkin (played by Nicholas Bond-Owen) and Ralph (played by Richard Gibson) must learn to survive on their own on the island, despite their very different characters and backgrounds. After befriending two natives on the island, they are rescued by an English missionary team, and both the boys and the two natives return to England.[5]



  1. Albert Moran, Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series, AFTRS 1993 p 128
  2. "TV & ENTERTAINMENT WORLD". The Australian Women's Weekly. 10 February 1982. p. 111. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  3. "FROM COP TO CORSAIR". The Australian Women's Weekly. 26 August 1981. p. 2. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  4. "The 'boy from the bush' makes his mark in 1915". The Australian Women's Weekly. 30 June 1982. p. 22. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  5. "A children's adventure tale". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 January 1983. p. 6. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
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