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Syfy to air "Treasure Island" mini-series 5/5/2012

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by phrelin, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    I'm not sure what to make of this.

    A fresh, new spin on the classic tale, Treasure Island, featuring an all-star cast led by Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland. Robert Louis Stevenson's swashbuckling adventure story about fantastical treasure, youthful courage and murderous greed will premiere Saturday, May 5 from 7-11PM (ET/PT) on Syfy.

    The cast is strong with...
    • Eddie Izzard ("The Riches", "Oceans 12 & 13) as Long John Silver
    • Elijah Wood ("Lord of the Rings movies", "Wilfred") as Ben Gunn
    • Donald Sutherland (Golden Globe and Emmy Award Winner whose IMDb credits go back to 1962) as Flint
    • Phillip Glenister ("Life on Mars", "Cranford") as Captain Smollet
    • Rupert Penry-Jones ("MI-5", "Whitechapel") as Squire Trelawney
    • Daniel Mays ("Outcasts", "Ashes to Ashes") as Dr. Livesey
    • David Harewood ("Homeland", "Robin Hood") as Bones
    ...and a bunch of other British actors you've seen on BBCA and PBS shows.

    It's an UK/Irish production by BskyB which is dumping a lot of money into new television productions and airing it on Sky 1 in January. One British review asked the obvious:
    Another says:
    And one asks:
    The Brits do a good job of retelling the classics.

    Still, the best this could get in the US is Syfy on a Saturday.
  2. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    Thanks for the info, I'll be sure to get it scheduled for recording.
  3. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    For those wondering, the whole mini-series is being shown in one night (this Saturday) in back to back two hour blocks, with a couple of re-showings on Sunday.
  4. seern

    seern Active Member

    Jan 12, 2007
    Glen Allen, VA
    I am sure with commericals, so this is a Netflix do.
  5. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Apparently my Series Link only recorded the first part because I only have 1 2hr recording. crap...
  6. tsmacro

    tsmacro Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2005
    Just got around to watching it last night. Wasn't too impressed but I guess what do you expect on saturday night on SyFy?
  7. Galaxie6411

    Galaxie6411 Icon

    Aug 26, 2007
    It was better than anything scifi makes themselves but still not great. Seems like it was really rushed at the end is the book that bad or did they just try to pack too much in?
  8. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    The book was great and is a classic.

    The story line in the show compared to the story line in the book is really different. The show was only vaguely in line with the book, and of course they did use the characters from the book.

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