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Jack Holborn
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Genre Adventure
Written by Leon Garfield (novel)
Justus Pfaue
Sigi Rothemund
Directed by Sigi Rothemund
Starring Patrick Bach
Matthias Habich
Monte Markham
Terence Cooper
David Weatherley
Opening theme Sigi Schwab
Composer(s) Christian Bruhn [de]
Country of origin West Germany
United Kingdom
New Zealand
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s) Rowan Chapman
Keith Gosling
Producer(s) Bernd Burgemeister (West Germany)
Jack George (New Zealand)
Production location(s) Cook Islands
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Trogir, Croatia
Cinematography Rolf Deppe
Michael Heiter
Editor(s) Heidrun Berktold
Michael Johns
Running time 290 minutes (UK DVD)
Original network ZDF
Picture format Film
Audio format Monaural
Original release December 21, 1982 (Switzerland)
December 25, 1982 (Austria)
December 25, 1982 (West Germany)

Jack Holborn was a 1982 ZDF Adventure TV mini-series. The story is based on the 1964 book by Leon Garfield. It was shown in the United Kingdom by ITV.


Jack Holborn is a 13-year-old boy living in an orphanage in late 18th-century Bristol. Jack was found on the steps of a convent in Holborn in London when he was a toddler. He was wearing a leather armband with the name "Jack" on it. The nuns therefore called him Jack Holborn.

Jack wants to go to sea, but is put in a foster home instead. He runs away in order to join the crew of the "Charming Molly", a privateering vessel commanded by Captain Sheringham. At the sight of Jack's armband, the Captain unwittingly reveals that it looks familiar, but he won't tell Jack what he knows and refuses to keep him aboard.

Jack is desperately seeking answers to the mystery of his origins, and is not about to let the Captain off the hook. Meanwhile, the judge Lord Sheringham, who hates his twin brother the privateer for the dishonour that his side dealings with pirates have brought on their family, plans to bring the Captain to justice. Jack eventually manages to stow himself away on board the "Charming Molly," and the journey begins. A journey that will feature piracy, traveling through swamps and slavery.


Character Actor Episode
Jack Holborn Patrick Bach All
Captain Sheringham
Lord Sheringham
Matthias Habich All
Trumpet Monte Markham 3-6
Morris Terence Cooper 1-4
Vronsky Andreas Mannkopff 1-5
Admiral Patrick Smyth 1-2, 6
Lady Myra Tricia James 1-2, 6
Pobjoy Jeremy Stevens 1-3
Harbourmaster David Weatherley 1-2
Bosun Frano Lasic 1
Fury Stevo Petrovic 1
Mr. Arrows Dragan Lakovic 1
Mrs. Arrows Ljiljana Krstic 1
Clarke Heinz Wanitschek 2-3
Sam Miki Krstovic 2-3
Taploe Franz Blauensteiner 2
Fox Stole Arandjelovic 2
Carfax Jovan Janicijevic 2
Thompson Prince Tui Teka 5
Downs Bozidar Pavecevil 5
Yoka Teresa Waiariki 5
Captain Cox Brian Flegg 1-2, 6
Palmer Zoran Pokupec Uncredited
Fared Dusan Janicijevic Uncredited
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