The first of a new two-part adaptation of Treasure Island which was partially shot in Puerto Rico was screened last night at 7pm on the Sky HD 1 and Sky 1 channels. The second part airs today at 7pm.
The classic Robert Louis Stevenson 18th century tale was directed by Dubliner Steve Barron and the leading role of the one-legged pirate, Long John Silver was played by Eddie Izzard. Joining the Emmy award winning Izzard is the BBC TV series Spooks actor Rupert Penry-Jones and Hollywood stars Donald Sunderland and Elijah Wood.
Square Sail’s barque Earl of Pembroke was based in Dun Laoghaire Harbour late last year. On one occasion the 174-tonnes barque was seen off The Muglins Lighthouse, Dalkey Island, where a camera-equipped helicopter whirled above the former Baltic Sea trader in Dublin Bay. Following the shoot in Ireland, the production team for the made for TV drama re-located to Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. Most of the filming was done in the area around Ceiba in northeastern Puerto Rico.
For the original report go to http://afloat.ie/resources/maritime-tv-programmes/item/17637-on-the-tv-skys-treasure-island