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Coral Island
Genre adventure
Written by James Andrew Hall
Directed by Chris Thomson
Ray Brown
Ray Alchin
Starring Nicholas Bond-Owen
Gerard Kennedy
Composer(s) Bruce Smeaton
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 9
Running time 30 mins
Original network ABC
Original release 1983 (1983)

The Coral Island is a children's television series, adapted from the 19th-century novel The Coral Island by Scottish author R. M. Ballantyne. The series of 9 episodes was a joint production of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Thames Television. It was filmed on location in the western Samoan village of Salamumu and then on the Whitsunday Islands off the Queensland coast in 1981.

The series was first broadcast in Australia on ABC-TV on 6 January 1983.


The story, set in 1840, centers on 3 boys from England and their struggle for survival when they are shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island. Jack (played by Scott McGregor), Peterkin (played by Nicholas Bond-Owen) and Ralph (played by Richard Gibson) must learn to survive on their own on the island, despite their very different characters and backgrounds. After befriending two natives on the island, they are rescued by an English missionary team, and both the boys and the two natives return to England.


1981-07 Peter Kravchenko - Tararo's headress for Coral Island TV series
Uelese Petaia — in the role of the native Tararo
  • Nicholas Bond-Owen — as the boy Peterkin
  • Richard Gibson — as the boy Ralph
  • Scott McGregor — as the boy Jack
  • Gerard Kennedy — as the pirate Bloody Bill
  • Brian McDermott — as the pirate Captain Carver
  • Pele Teuila — as the female native Avatea
  • Uelese Petaia — as the native Tararo
  • Peter Collingwood — as Reverend McNab
  • Charles 'Bud' Tingwell — as the captain Sir Charles Rover
  • Lyn James — as Lady Rover
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