ABC hope for more Scorpion Island
Team Claw! Team Sting! Team Venom! TV Tonight talks to the ABC about the future of its popular kids adventure series.
If there’s one show that this site keeps getting requests about it’s Escape from Scorpion Island, the ABC’s kids’ adventure series, which screened in 2008.
The show has built up quite a following, with plenty of internet fans hungry for more, and particularly keen for audition information. Australian and British fans are hungry to pit their skills against the dangers of its tropical setting. With surf, swamps, mountains, dunes and rivers, the challenges are a giant temptation to the adventurous. And that’s not to mention the fanmail that some of the previous contestants have had.
But after ABC co-produced the second and third seasons with the BBC, a many die-hard fans have been eager for more Scorpion Island.
Tim Brooke-Hunt, ABC’s Executive Director of Children’s Television, is also a big fan of the series -with good reason.
“I was thrilled, it was my first commission to go to air,” he told TV Tonight.
“The show originated in the UK with CBBC. We came in on their second year but they’re now lining up for the next series, and we will come in then.”
CBBC is the Children’s division of the BBC. It produced the first season in Brazil. The second and third seasons were filmed back to back by Freehand Productions (Top Gear Australia, Missing Persons Unit) in Queensland.
“CBBC was the lead broadcaster, let’s be honest,” he said. “It was created and made by a British company, and they put up the majority of the money. So we have to let CBBC lock in their commitment, and then we step in and negotiate around how many Australian kids (will participate), or whether it’s produced in Australia, and all those things.
“I love the brand. I think we need to keep refreshing the brand, and keep doing it. And I also think it’s a very healthy programme for kids to see.”
Certainly with its adventure and team-building skills the show is an astute mix of education and entertainment.
So while a fourth series isn’t yet guaranteed, the ABC is quietly optimistic it can renew the show in the near future.
“I would expect that we might announce it in a couple of months.”