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A five-part Italian-language miniseries about a young Englishwoman searching for her blind sister in Italy. Not to be confused with the English-language feature film version The Secret of Seagull Island (1985).






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Complete series cast summary:
Prunella Ransome ...  Barbara Carey 5 episodes, 1981
Nicky Henson ...  Martin Foster 5 episodes, 1981
Jeremy Brett ...  David Malcolm 4 episodes, 1981
Vassili Karis Vassili Karis ...  Giulio 4 episodes, 1981
Pamela Salem ...  Carol 3 episodes, 1981
Gabriele Tinti ...  Enzo Lombardi 3 episodes, 1981
Fabrizio Jovine ...  Inspector Casati 3 episodes, 1981
Marco Mastantuono Marco Mastantuono ...  Frederick 3 episodes, 1981
Federico Tocci Federico Tocci ...  Marco 3 episodes, 1981
Sherry Buchanan ...  Mary Ann Saunders 2 episodes, 1981
Umberto Raho ...  Doctor 2 episodes, 1981
Veronica Wells Veronica Wells ...  Cynthia 2 episodes, 1981
Mascia Musy ...  Consuelo 2 episodes, 1981
Katherine Berg Katherine Berg ...  Arlene 2 episodes, 1981


Barbara Carey flies to Italy to visit her blind sister Mary Ann, who is studying in a music academy. Once in Rome Barbara discovers her sister has disappeared and, according to the Italian police, she may have been murdered by a maniac who is obsessed with young sightless women. With the help of Martin Foster, from the British Embassy, Barbara starts trying to find out what happened to Mary Ann. She even pretends to be blind herself in an attempt to attract the killer, and finally the clues lead her to Seagull Island, privately owned by a mysterious British citizen named David Malcolm. Barbara must then find the answers to several questions: was Mary Ann really kidnapped? What happened to David's wife and son in the island? And why is David's relative Carol so unhappy to see a woman with him? Written by Anonymous

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Something is Waiting, Watching, Wanting...


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Italy | UK


English | Italian

Release Date:

18 July 1981 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

L'isola del gabbiano See more »

Filming Locations:

Argentario, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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(5 episodes) | (Full)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Edited into The Secret of Seagull Island (1985) See more »

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I found 'The Secret of Seagull Island' to be very suspenseful and absorbing
15 November 2009 | by alegrandSee all my reviews

As I am primarily a fan of romantic (though not overly soppy ones) films, I found this thriller to be quite exciting, though it is quite dated, now - more than obvious that it was made on the crossover 70s-80s.

Agree with other reviews that the underwater scenes are very nicely shot and quite impressive.

I must say that I thought most of the actors did a more than adequate job, and that it may be the script and the dramatic direction that leave a little to be desired, though the actors more than make up for this, meaning that while watching for the first time it is quite absorbing enough to distract from any now embarrassing aged moments from which we are glad to have evolved in more modern productions.

Prunella Ransome was very good as the plucky and determined heroine searching for her sister, and I thank the director for the very limited use of bathing-suit scenes, as this can easily put one off the story.

Pamela Salem gives a competent and nicely misleading performance as David Malcolm's (Seagull Island's owner)cousin, and is enviably beautiful, as usual - a treat for the husbands!

Jeremy Brett as the mysterious, respectable Englishman owner of Seagull Island is fantastic, as usual, and does not fail to impress. His acting is, as usual, very impressive and exciting. His skill, in part, keeps you guessing until the very end - a very exciting end, I must say, and (now comes the shameless gushing) he makes for a nice piece of eye-candy for the ladies, as usual!

Overall, though this is no cinematic masterpiece and probably a little disappointing for die-hard thriller fans, this is an interesting and good-looking film, modern for its time, and a lovely treat for all Prunella Ransome, Pamela Salem, Jeremy Brett and even Nicky Henson fans.

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