|Written by||Leon Garfield (novel)
|Directed by||Sigi Rothemund|
|Opening theme||Sigi Schwab|
|Country of origin||West Germany
|No. of episodes||6|
|Executive producer(s)||Rowan Chapman
|Producer(s)||Bernd Burgemeister (West Germany)
Jack George (New Zealand)
|Running time||290 minutes (UK DVD)|
|Original release||December 21, 1982 (Switzerland)
December 25, 1982 (Austria)
December 25, 1982 (West Germany)
Jack Holborn is a 13-year-old boy living in an orphanage in late 18th-century Bristol. Jack was found on the steps of the Holborn Catholic church 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.
|Jack Holborn||Patrick Bach||All|
|Admiral||Patrick Smyth||1-2, 6|
|Lady Myra||Tricia James||1-2, 6|
|Mr. Arrows||Dragan Lakovic||1|
|Mrs. Arrows||Ljiljana Krstic||1|
|Thompson||Prince Tui Teka||5|
|Captain Cox||Brian Flegg||Uncredited|