John Trenchard is an orphan who dreams of finding Blackbeard's riches. But a friendship with a notorious smuggler soon forces him into hiding with a price on his head, wondering if he'll ever see Moonfleet again.


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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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Series cast summary:
Pippa Haywood ...
 Aunt Lydia 3 episodes, 2013
 Officer James 3 episodes, 2013
 Rev Glennie / ... 3 episodes, 2013
 Magistrate Mohune 2 episodes, 2013
 Davey Block 2 episodes, 2013
Frank O'Sullivan ...
 Blackbeard 2 episodes, 2013
 Aldobrand 2 episodes, 2013
 Jailer / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Martin Trenaman ...
 Turn-Key / ... 2 episodes, 2013


In the coastal town of Moonfleet in eighteenth century Dorset, orphan, John Trenchard, dreams of the infamous Blackbeard's treasure - and of the wealth and happiness it will bring him. However, John's search draws him into the company of local smugglers led by Elzevir Block, and forces him to go into hiding with a price on his head - little guessing the adventures and misfortunes he will face before he sees Moonfleet and the girl he loves again. Written by Company Pictures

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What happens when a story is not given enough time
2 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

My family sat down to watch this two-parter quite excited. The advertisements had looked good, the title was interesting and it was a Christmas special. But by the end of the first hour-long episode (including advert breaks) we were very much hoping there were at least two more episodes to come. At the end of the second episode, we sat back and looked at each other disappointedly with one thought: this is what happens when you try and cram a story into two blocks of 45 minutes.

I have not read the novel this is based on, and am rather tempted to do so now in the hope that the story will redeem itself. The problem was not with the story, you see. Enough happened to make you believe the book to be quite thrilling. But too much happened too quickly and with too little explanation. The actors were good, but the characters were underdeveloped. The love story was there, but barely so. Why would finding this treasure change everything? What was this curse? Why were the Mahoons so evil? Why was there a contraband ring? The questions continue...

If you want a synopsis of the story of Moonfleet before you read it, this is perfect. But that is all this is - the skeleton of a story. I may be wrong, and maybe the book is no better, but from what I can tell, an extra two hours would have made a world of difference in taking this from substandard, to brilliant British television.

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