Hope Island (TV series)

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Hope Island
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GenreFamily Drama
Based onBallykissangel
Developed byMary Hanes
Jason Milligan
StarringCameron Daddo
Suki Kaiser
Duncan Fraser
Haig Sutherland
David Lewis
ComposerTim McCauley
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Executive producerMary Hanes
Production locationsBritannia Beach, British Columbia, Canada
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesPaxson Entertainment
Paramount Network Television
Lionsgate Television
Original networkPAX TV
Original releaseSeptember 12, 1999 (1999-09-12) –
April 3, 2000 (2000-04-03)

Hope Island is an American drama series that originally aired on PAX TV from September 12, 1999 until April 3, 2000. It was based on Ballykissangel, a popular Irish drama that aired on BBC One.

The series ran for 22 episodes, and focused on the residents of the fictional Hope Island, a small island off mainland Washington State (likely a part of the San Juan Islands) with a population of 1,998.


Hope Island revolves around the residents of the island.

Daniel Cooper, a newly ordained minister, is called to the island to fix up and restart an old church that has been empty and neglected for 30 years. Upon arriving, Daniel finds the situation is not quite what he expected it to be, and he struggles knowing if he should stay or not. However, the quirky residents of the island quickly grow on him, and he soon becomes an invaluable member of the community.

With a large ensemble cast, Hope Island is full of quirky and lovable characters. There's Alex Stone, the cynical local Widow's Walk Restaurant/Inn owner, and her son Dylan, who attends the Hope Island Elementary School. Town mayor Brian Brewster always has some outlandish scheme up his sleeve, and his mysterious side-kick Nub Flanders is always there to help. Ruby and Bonita (the mother and daughter who own the general store), haven't spoken to each other in 17 years. Daughter of the mayor, Molly Brewster is a lifelong island native, and her boyfriend Kevin Mitchum is the islands only police officer (who rarely deals with anything worse than a missing autographed picture). These are just a few of the many people on the island.

Hope Island explores an array of family-oriented themes including the challenges of raising children, maintaining a sense of family, love, greed, loyalty and fighting for ones faith and beliefs, among others.... The series boasts a rich and colorful cast of characters, whose grit and individuality lead to strong drama and whimsical comedy."[1]


  • Cameron Daddo as Rev. Daniel Cooper
  • Suki Kaiser as Alex Stone
  • Duncan Fraser as Brian Brewster
  • Haig Sutherland as Nub Flanders
  • Allison Hossack as Molly Brewster
  • David Lewis as Kevin Mitchum
  • Matthew Walker as Father Mac
  • Beverley Elliot as Bonita Vasquez
  • Gina Stockdale as Ruby Vasquez
  • Brian Jenson as Boris Obolenski
  • Max Peters as Dylan Stone
  • Veena Sood as Callie Pender


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Look One Way and Row Another"TBATBASeptember 12, 1999 (1999-09-12)
2"Each Tub Must Stand on Its Own Bottom"TBATBASeptember 19, 1999 (1999-09-19)
3"It Takes a Voyage to Learn"TBATBASeptember 26, 1999 (1999-09-26)
4"Dear, Dear Bread and Beer, if I Were Rich, I Wouldn't Be Here"TBATBAOctober 3, 1999 (1999-10-03)
5"The Whole Kettle of Fish"TBATBAOctober 10, 1999 (1999-10-10)
6"In a Bit of a Tight"TBATBAOctober 18, 1999 (1999-10-18)
7"You Can't Look at the Sea Without Wishing for Wings"TBATBAOctober 25, 1999 (1999-10-25)
8"From Stern to Stern"TBATBANovember 1, 1999 (1999-11-01)
9"Sailing Under False Colors"TBATBANovember 8, 1999 (1999-11-08)
10"Ships That Pass in the Night"TBATBANovember 15, 1999 (1999-11-15)
11"Red Sky at Morning, Sailor Take Warning"TBATBANovember 22, 1999 (1999-11-22)
12"Batten Down the Hatches"TBATBANovember 29, 1999 (1999-11-29)
13"Don't Give Up the Ship"TBATBADecember 13, 1999 (1999-12-13)
14"Twenty Sailors Around a Buttonhole"TBATBAJanuary 10, 2000 (2000-01-10)
15"A Sailor Who's Lost His Leg Doesn't Miss His Boot"TBATBAJanuary 24, 2000 (2000-01-24)
16"Everyone Must Row with the Oar He Has"TBATBAFebruary 14, 2000 (2000-02-14)
17"Promises Made in a Storm Are Forgotten on a Calm Sea: Part 1"TBATBAFebruary 28, 2000 (2000-02-28)
18"New Skies Call for New Duties: Part 2"TBATBAMarch 6, 2000 (2000-03-06)
19"A Rising Tide Takes All Boats"TBATBAMarch 13, 2000 (2000-03-13)
20"Never Burn Your Tongue on the Admiral's Broth"TBATBAMarch 20, 2000 (2000-03-20)
21"It Blew So Hard It Took Two Men to Hold One Man's Hair On"TBATBAMarch 27, 2000 (2000-03-27)
22"Abandon Ship"TBATBAApril 3, 2000 (2000-04-03)


The "Young Artist Awards" nominated[2] Hope Island for the following awards:

Best Family TV Drama Series
Best Performance in a TV Drama Series, Supporting Young Actor - Max Peters

The following episodes were recognized by "Prism Awards", (an organization that is "designed to recognize the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction."[3])

"Ships that Pass in the Night" - received a Prism Commendation
"It Takes a Voyage to Learn" - received a Prism Certificate of Merit


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