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Episode 1 (original BBC transmission 12th October 1965)
The adventure begins with a ship called the Esmeralda sailing on the high seas in a terrible storm. The waves are breaking very high over the ship and she in in serious trouble. On the deck, men everywhere are trying to stabilise the ship and get things tied down. They are fighting a loosing battle as some are washed overboard and others are crushed under fallen rigging. Our hero Robinson appears on deck and immediately tries to help the situation. He finds that no one is steering the ship. Soon they lose the ship and Robinson is washed overboard. He is a strong swimmer and eventually finds himself on a deserted beach. He finds the dead body of one of the sailing crew. He goes off in search of others and food.
We soon learn that the ship (now lost) was sailing from Brazil and heading for Guiana. The storm took the ship and crew by surprise in the Atlantic Ocean and had lasted for four days. He seeks food and water and eventually finds both. He speculates about where he is. He eventually looks for somewhere to sleep and ties himself to a branch, high up in a tree. He then thinks about the date - the storm started Sept. 12 1697 so today is Sept. 16th 1697. He left England five years ago and he now starts to think back to how it all began and how his desire for traveling led to his downfall. He loved the sea but was a very young man. His father was very rich having made his money through business and they lived in a big house in the city of York. Totally by accident while down at the beach, Robinson gets mixed up in smugglers operations. He is arrested but his father gets him off with a large fine and a bit of humiliation. His father is not happy at all and wants Robinson to choose a profession. His Father wants law but Robinson says that it disgusts him to be in such a trade. Never the less his father has arranged so that Robinson will begin a trade at a law firm.
Further Episodes to come soon