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A junior classic with grown up appeal.
on 15 March 2010
Such is the enduring appeal of Treasure island, that there seems to be few people who have not heard of either the story or some of the principal characters, Long John Silver being the best known. Although forming part of the BBC's range of children's audio dramatisations, this BBC radio full cast dramatisation, does not attempt to dilute the somtimes harsh nature of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story. This may make it unsuitable for younger children, but it has, in my experience, wide family and age appeal, as i bought this on cassette, long before it became available on CD. All the classic scenes and characters are well presented here - Jim Hawkins and the Admiral Benbow inn. The visit of Billy Bones with his sea chest containing the map of treasure island. The visit of the sinister, Blind Pugh, The assault on the inn by the buccaneer's. The voyage is planned. Squire Trelawney, Dr Livesy, Captain Smollett and Long John Silver with his parrot, Captain Flint. The voyage. Jim Hawkin's overhears the mutiny plot whilst hiding in the apple barrel. Treasure island. The fight for the stockade. The treasure and Ben Gunn, the strange man of the island. This 1995 production has all the hallmarks of the best BBC radio dramatisations, with fine voice casting and sound effects. Some of the voice hilights include - Buster Merryfield (from tv's, Only fools and horses) is excellent in the role of Billy Bones. Ben Gunn's character is played with wonderful eccentricity. Long John Silver's character is played with a superb blend of murderous menace and friendly charm. In the island scenes, the atmosphere of the island and the tension between the rivals is well portrayed. The whole production has atmosphere and is a good example of how the sound world of an audio dramatisation can bring a classic story to life.