Expedition Robinson (Central Europe)

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Expedition Robinson
Created byCharlie Parsons
Theme music composerAndreas Nordqvist
Country of originAustria (2000)
Original languageGerman
No. of seasons2
Original release
NetworkORF (2000)
ReleaseSeptember 17, 2000 (2000-09-17) –
2001 (2001)
Survivor franchise

Expedition Robinson was the Central European version of Expedition Robinson. The name alludes to both Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson, two stories featuring people marooned by shipwrecks.

Background and history[edit]

In the spring of 2000, ORF in Austria and RTL2 in Germany decided to buy the broadcasting rights to the shows Big Brother and Expedition Robinson as they wanted to begin airing a new "reality soaps" genre. Neither show was quite as big a success as RTL2 had expected, however both were renewed for a second season (Big Brother would eventually be renewed for at least ten more). Das Inselduell – Nur einer kommt durch! [de], an unofficial adaption of the format aired on Sat.1 in 2000 but was axed after one season.[1][2]

Following the first season, ORF chose to no longer broadcast Expedition Robinson leaving only RTL2 to air a second season. In 2001, RTL2 decided to produce a show that was almost identical to Expedition Robinson known as Gestrandet – Zeig, was in dir steckt! [de].[3] Gestrandet proved to be a ratings failure and was also axed.[4] This was followed by Outback, a unofficial adaption of Survivor: The Australian Outback, in 2002 on RTL[5] and a ProSieben revival of Survivor in 2007.[6] The format returned once more in 2019, this time on VOX.[7]


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 U.S. 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.

The format for Gestrandet was very similar to that of Robinson, but instead of there being sixteen contestants, there were only fourteen and they were initially divided into tribes by gender. Jokers could also enter the game at any time. Finally the winner of Gestrandet was not determined by any kind of juror vote, but was decided by a large obstacle course.


Year Channel Host Location Days Participants Winner
2000 ORF 1 (2000)
Volker Piesczek Malaysia 39 19 Melanie Lauer
2001 Pierre Geisensetter Panama 60 14 Alexander Kolo
2007 Prosieben Sascha Kalupke Malaysia 50 18 Volker Kreuzner
2019 VOX Florian Weber Fiji 39 18 Lara Grünfeld


  1. ^ "Das Inselduell". Retrieved 19 August 2022 – via www.fernsehserien.de.
  2. ^ "Sat 1 kippt zweite Staffel von Inselduell". www.horizont.net. 9 March 2001. Retrieved 19 August 2022.
  3. ^ "RTL II präsentiert: "Gestrandet" - Zeig, was in Dir steckt!".
  4. ^ "Gestrandet – Zeig, was in dir steckt!". Retrieved 19 August 2022 – via www.fernsehserien.de.
  5. ^ "Outback". Retrieved 19 August 2022 – via www.fernsehserien.de.
  6. ^ "Survivor dropped". DWDL. 27 September 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2022.
  7. ^ Riedmeier, Glenn (15 October 2019). "VOX holt "Survivor" zurück nach Deutschland". fernsehserien.de. Retrieved 19 August 2022.

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