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Kidnapped (2005 miniseries)

Kidnapped is a two-part BBC television adaptation of the 1893 novel of the same name by Robert Louis Stevenson. The show is directed by Brendan Maher and stars James Anthony Pearson as Davie Balfour and Iain Glen as Alan Breck.

Genre Drama
Created by Robert Louis Stevenson
Written by Bev Doyle
Richard Kurti
Directed by Brendan Maher
Starring Iain Glen
James Anthony Pearson
Adrian Dunbar
Emily Barclay
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 3
Executive producer(s) Diana Kyle
Producer(s) Diana Kyle
Running time 50 mins
Production company(s) South Pacific Productions
Original network BBC One
Original release 27 February (2005-02-27) – 13 March 2005 (2005-03-13)
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On 1 December 2004, it was announced that the BBC had commissioned Kidnapped.[1]


Among the plot deviations from novel to movie:

  • The movie added a love interest for Davie in Catriona, the daughter of James of the Glen. This plot element is from Stevenson's sequel novel, Catriona.
  • In the novel Kidnapped, Breck and James of the Glen were never arrested by the British, but the movie showed James of the Glen being falsely arrested with the threat of being hanged, to force Breck to give himself up.
  • The movie added the Long Mile Gang, expert trackers, to track Davie and Breck across Scotland, but the novel only had British troops.


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