The star of one of children’s television most popular ever series has died at the age of 82. Austrian actor Robert Hoffmann appeared in the title role of The Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe, delighting audiences worldwide in what became a landmark series and whose popularity has endured for over half-a-century. The music for the series has been a staple of the Silva Screen TV soundtrack catalogue.
At 5PM on October 12th, 1965, BBC1 viewers witnessed a gentle sea rolling over a sandy shore that could just about be anywhere in the world, but in that short twenty seconds or so not only did we discover it was a ‘Franco London Film’ presentation of The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe’, it also gave us that short burst intro to the theme that would stay with us well after the thirteen 25 minute episodes had faded into the mists of time. A collaboration between composers Robert Mellin and Gian-Piero Reverberi would give us the wonderful theme and incidental music from this much-loved series.
The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was a French- German drama series made by Franco London Films as an adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe. It was the first, and often quoted as being the best television adaptation of the original story. The series would enjoy a huge European audience in what would be the very first European Television Channel co-production.
Silva Screen’s original release from 31 years ago was updated in 1997 when new material came to light and was reissued in 2021with a definitive history of the music and series written by Stephen Brown & Lynn Simpson.