Expedition Robinson (Swiss TV series)

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Expedition Robinson
Created byCharlie Parsons
Theme music composerAndreas Nordqvist
Country of originSwitzerland
Original languageGerman
No. of seasons3 (Last season never aired)
Production companyStrix Television
Original release
Release1999 (1999) –
2001 (2001)

Expedition Robinson was the Swiss version of the Swedish reality show Expedition Robinson and it debuted in 1999. Seeing the success of the Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish versions of the show TV3 in Switzerland decided to produce their own version of the show. Due to low ratings, the show was cancelled after just two seasons. At the time the show was cancelled the third season was nearly done being shot. Despite this the third season was never broadcast.[1]

The name alludes to both Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson, two stories featuring people marooned by shipwrecks.


The Robinson format was developed by Planet 24, a United Kingdom TV production company owned by Charlie Parsons and Bob Geldof. Their company Castaway Television Productions retained the rights to the concept when they sold Planet 24 in 1999. Mark Burnett later licensed the format to create the American show Survivor in 2000.

Sixteen contestants are put into a survival situation and compete in a variety of physical challenges. Early in each season two teams compete but later on the teams are merged and the competitions become individual. At the end of each show one contestant is eliminated from the show by the others in a secret "island council" ballot.


Year Host Channel Participants Winner
1999 Silvan Grütter TV3 16 Andreas Widmer
2000 18 Stefanie Ledermann
2002[2] Never Aired 14 Carole Haari[a][3]


  1. ^ The season never aired on television due to the station's network being shutdown. The winner was only revealed later in a news article.


  1. ^ ""Expedition Robinson" – was weiter geschah - News Kultur: Fernsehen - tagesanzeiger.ch". www.tagesanzeiger.ch. Archived from the original on 2010-03-07.
  2. ^ "Expedition Robinson". TV3. Retrieved 2023-09-30.
  3. ^ "Der verlorene Sieg". Neue Zürcher Zeitung. 29 February 2004. Retrieved 2023-09-30.

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