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Although not, strictly speaking, all 'Sixties' television programmes, the great 'swashbuckling' action adventure series produced during the Fifties and into the early Sixties enjoyed many repeat transmissions during the early and mid-Sixties and were certainly vital viewing for me and still remain as some of my strongest and dearest memories of childhood television. So popular and enduring were the characters and stories that they are still periodically being shown on various channels and stand up well even against today's high-tec productions. With the passage of time it is fascinating to see the early screen activities of actors who went on to become household names and big screen stars.

Strangely, the swashbuckler genre was not initiated by British television companies but rather as a result of American film studios attempting to win back or attract dwindling cinema audiences lost to the new medium of television. Many of the classic epics, lavish biblical and historical films had been produced in Britain, partly as a result of American movie companies earnings being frozen by the government of the time, and mainly British cast and crew were used to produce such cinema classics as Ivanhoe, Knights of The Round Table and The Master of Ballantrae.

Other British swashbuckling films of the Fifties included The Son of Robin Hood, The Black Knight and Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue, with American offerings such as The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men and, of course, Treasure Island, which was made in Australia. The success of the Walt Disney film, with Robert Newton starring as Long John Silver, soon had calls for further adventures featuring the peg-legged pirate. Newton was duly signed up, starring in another film, followed by television's The Adventures of Long John Silver. No-one since seems to have portrayed the character with quite the same panache.

The Sixties waded in with films including Kidnapped,
Sword of Sherwood Forest, The Treasure of Monte Cristo, The Pirates of Blood River, The Spanish Sword, The Scarlet Blade, Siege of the Saxons, The Long Ships, A Challenge for Robin Hood, The Viking Queen and Alfred the Great. Among my personal favourites are the American made The Vikings, The Black Shield of Falworth, The War Lord, El Cid and Ben Hur (my dad was an 'extra' in this film - just saying!) However, I digress! Let's stick to TV series here.
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An additional reason for British production was the possibility for the use of scripts and stories contributed by writers blacklisted in the American industry for 'un-American' activities, including Waldo Salt, Ring Lardner Jr., Arnold Perl, Ian McLellan Hunter and Adrian Scott. The Fifties saw many pilots being produced for potential television series. Hal Roach Studios produced pilot episodes for 'Tales of Robin Hood' in 1951 and others included 'The Sword of D'Artagnan' (1952), 'Captain Kidd' and 'Ali Baba' (1956), 'The Sword', 'Prince Valiant', 'The Gaucho' and 'The Fox' and 'The Highwayman' (1958). American productions included 'The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd' (1953), not seen on British television although sometimes in Saturday morning cinema!.


A number of series were successfully produced and transmitted during the Fifties - many of you may remember classic shows such as 'The Count of Monte Cristo', 'The Gay Cavalier', 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' and the 'original' Robin Hood six-part television series of 1953 starring Patrick Troughton (later to achieve more lasting TV fame as 'Dr Who')
as Robin Hood and Wensley Pithey as Friar Tuck. It was written by Max Kester, and produced and directed by Joy Harington for the BBC. The 30 minute episodes were transmitted live, not recorded, so only eight minutes from the second episode, The Abbot of St. Mary's, exists (as a 16mm telerecording). Other series, or serial productions, you may have seen in the Fifties were The Black Tulip and The Black Brigand.

The most successful series of the period was, without any doubt, 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' which Hannah Weinstein's Sapphire Films started producing in 1955. The popularity and financial success and it spawned considerable competition from other companies eager to get in on the act, most notably with 'The Buccaneers' (1956-57), 'The Adventures of Sir Lancelot' (1956-57), Harry Alan Towers' series 'The Adventures of The Scarlet Pimpernel' (1956), ITC's 'The Count of Monte Cristo' (1956), George King's 'The Gay Cavalier' (1957), ITC's The Adventures of William Tell' (1958-59), the US/UK co-production of 'Ivanhoe' (1958-59), ABC/ATV's 'Sir Francis Drake' (1961-62), and the Danzigers' 'Richard the Lionheart' (1962-63).


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Danzigers' New Elstree Studios - click image for more info at CinemaRetro
By the time production of Richard the Lionheart had started, in April of 1961, the Danzigers' Elstree Studios were starting to decline (click image for Elstree Studio information). The final episode of Lionheart was completed in December 1961, as well as another swashbuckler - 'The Spanish Sword' - which used many sets, props, costumes and cast members from the Lionheart series. Despite the likely closure of the studio the Danzigers produced scripts for what would have been their first colour series, the Arabian Nights 'Adventures of Ali Baba', but the project was abandoned when Associated Rediffusion withdrew financial support.

These were, of course, ITV-transmitted series. The BBC also had its own crop of period 'swashbucklers' but these tended to be more dramatic productions based on 'classic' works, made in the form of (usually six or more) serialised parts and usually transmitted live. These included 'Treasure Island' and 'The Black Arrow' (1951), the aforementioned 'Robin Hood' starring Patrick Troughton (1953), 'Clementina' and 'The Three Musketeers' (1954), 'The Black Tulip' (1956), 'Redgauntlet' (1959), 'The Splendid Spur' (1960), 'Rob Roy' (1961), 'The Count of Monte Cristo' (1964) 'Further Adventures of The Musketeers (1967) and various productions of R.L. Stevenson's classic 'Kidnapped'. On the demise of regular transmission of these shows the genre did not really resurface until ITV produced 'Arthur of The Britons' in 1972. In addition there were some American syndicated series that appeared in some British television regions such as that produced by Kirk Douglas's company, Bryna Productions - 'Tales of The Vikings' - 39x30 minute episodes that were a spin-off from the cinema film.

One of the facets of all the British-made series that I find interesting are the cast lists - fascinating to see the same actors taking part in so many different series. Even those with starring roles in one series can be seen playing lesser characters and 'bit parts' in other series. Also, in many cases, the same actors took on different roles in different episodes of the same series. Paul Eddington is well known for this, particularly in Robin Hood where, as well as playing Will Scarlet he can occasionally clearly be seen as one of Nottingham's soldiers. Speaking of Paul, it is also interesting to see so many actors appearing in these early series who went on to much greater stardom and recognition during the Sixties and later.

A full listing if ITC programmes and more information can be found on Wikipedia here. Oh - although not quite in the 'swashbuckling' category, the fondly-remembered Franco London Film 'historical' series 'The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe' was also excellent!
So, a bit more about the series themselves.
I will deal here only with my favourite (and probably the best-known and successful) classic series of 'swashbucklers' that had the most major impact and entertainment for me with their transmission during the Sixties (and more recently!).



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The Buccaneers

A British series set in the port of Nassau in New Providence about 1720. Dan Tempest is a privateer, an ex-pirate who received a pardon from the king after his New Providence stronghold was taken over by the army of The Crown. He and the newly-appointed governor, Lt. Edward Beamish, form a sometimes strained alliance to fight the Spanish privateers raiding in the Caribbean. Robert Shaw was reportedly unavailable for the first few episodes, so filming went ahead without him and he is listed as 'with' rather than 'starring' in a number of the title sequences. The series initially seems to be about Woodes Rogers as he takes the position of Governor to the island of Nassau in the Bahamas. The island is in a chaotic state but Rogers' offer of pardons 'tames' most of the pirate activity. Dan Tempest doesn't really feature until the third episode when Shaw arrives, too late to accept the pardon, and is arrested for piracy.

He is given a chance to redeem himself by taking a trade ship to Jamaica. During the voyage he encounters Blackbeard, defeating him and winning his pardon, although he continues to really consider himself a pirate. The actual pirate history and nautical activity of the series are well researched and there is a high level of historical accuracy.

39 x 30 minute black and white mono sound episodes were filmed at Nettlefold studios, Walton-on-Thames, and Twickenham film studios, with location work also being carried out at St.Mawes castle (the New Providence fort) and Falmouth in Cornwall where a real schooner (seen as Tempest's ship, 'The Sultana') was based. This ship was also used in the 1950 'Treasure Island' film and the 1956 production of 'Moby Dick'. A section of the ship was accurately reproduced in the studio for close-up scenes.


The 1956 series was produced by Hannah Weinstein and Sidney Cole for Sapphire Films Limited and ITC entertainment, being networked by CBS in America and seen on ATV and other regional ITV companies at various times. Robert Shaw 'reprised' the role in cinema in 1976 for 'Swashbuckler'.
Series music was provided by Albert Ems, Edwin Astley (who composed the theme music) and Kenneth V. Jones.

Full length episodes can be viewed at many places on the internet and the complete series is available on DVD.

  Intro / Lead-In and Closing credits
                  Start of episode 1 'Blackbeard'                  Episode 15 'Marooned'                  Episode 11 'Before the Mast'                  The Buccaneers on YouTube


SERIES CAST: Main Characters: Some notable appearances: Series also featured:
(Actors were known to have played two or sometimes more different characters in separate episodes)

Robert Shaw
- Capt. Dan Tempest
Paul Hansard - Taffy
Brian Rawlinson - Gaff Guernsay
Edwin Richfield - Crewman Armando
Peter Hammond - Lt. Edward Beamish
Roy Purcell - 1st Spanish Guard
Neil Hallett - Bosun Bassett
Wilfred Downing - Crewman Dickon
Willoughby Gray - Pop
Dennis Lacey - 1st Spanish Sailor
Terence Cooper - Costellaux
Alec Mango - Van Brugh
Alec Clunes - Governor Woodes Rogers

Roger Delgado
Joan Sims
Alfred Burke
Jane Asher
Hazel Court
Bill Owen
Adrienne Corri
Sidney James
Conrad Phillips
Robert Hardy
Andrew Keir
Ronan O'Casey
Derek Waring
Alfie Bass
Paul Eddington
Wilfrid Brambell
Derek Nimmo
Yvonne Romain

Rupert Evans
Tony Thawnton
John Gatrell
Jane Griffiths
Brian Worth
Gillian Owen
Jim O'Brady
Hugh David
Andrew Crawford
Peter Bennett
Ewen Solon
George Margo
John Harvey
Colin Douglas
Willoughby Goddard
Anna Walmsley
David Ritch
Edward Malin

Patrick Jordan
Dennis Edwards
Max Faulkner
Ivan Craig
Dawson France
Robert Perceval
Judy Wyler
Derek Sydney
John Dearth
Pearl Prescod
Anthony Dawson
Dino Galvani
Ferdy Mayne
André Morell
Eric Pohlmann
Jean Cadell
Michael Caridia
Tommy Duggan

Richard Johnson
Sarah Lawson
Miles Malleson
Virginia Maskell
Peter Soule
Petra Davies
Eynon Evans
Noel Purcell
Roger Snowdon
Ena Burrill,
Noel Coleman
Marne Maitland
Richard Pasco
Howard Pays
Robert Percival
Michael Rittermann
John Salew
Alex Scott

Earl Cameron
Salvin Stewart
Pamela Wright
Bruno Barnabe
Ballard Berkeley
Andre Charisse
Maureen Davis
Ilona Ference
Danny Green
Maxwell Shaw
Frederick Treves
Dalia Penn
Roger Gage
Norma Parnell
Sally Pierce,
Noel Hood
Michael Golden
Laurence Herder

Bernard Brown
Diane Potter
Meadows White,
Barry Fennell
Jack Hedley
Charles Houston
Jan Miller
Anne Padwick
Philip Ashley
Robert Rietty
Anne Blake
Gay Cameron
Eileen Elton
Lewis Gedge
Claude Kingston
Frank Singuineau
Edmond Warwick
Peter Garstin

Seymour Green
Brian Oulton
John Sullivan
Michael Rathborne
Julian Strange
Tony Thornton
Noel Davis
Walter Horsbrugh
Serge Lemince
Dermot MacMahon
Raymond Ray
Peter Retey
Derek Tansley
Joan Eccles
Rajah Chaudhuri
Patrick Connor
Stringer Davis
Oliver MacGreevy

Frank Pendlebury
Diana Potter
Merrill Colebrook
John Schlesinger
Frank Olegario
Stephanie Connell
Charles Price
Guy Standeven
Ned Lynch
Philip Stewart

EPISODE LIST: 39 x 30-minute episodes (Air dates are for ATV Midlands - other regions may have varied air dates and order of screening)


Blackbeard 19 September 1956
The Raiders 26 September 1956
Captain Dan Tempest 3 October 1956
Dan Tempest’s War With Spain 10 October 1956
The Wasp 17 October 1956
Whale Gold 24 October 1956
The Slave Ship 31 October 1956
Gunpowder Plot 7 November 1956
The Ladies 14 November 1956
The Surgeon of Sangre Rojo 21 November 1956
Before the Mast 28 November 1956
Dan Tempest and the Amazons 5 December 1956
The Articles of War 12 December 1956
The Hand of The Hawk 19 December 1956
Marooned
26 December 1956
Gentleman Jack and The Lady 2 January 1957
Mr. Beamish and the Hangman’s Noose 9 January 1957
Dead Man’s Rock 16 January 1957
Blood Will Tell 23 January 1957
Dangerous Cargo 30 January 1957
The Return of Calico Jack 6 February 1957
Ghost Ship 13 February 1957
Conquistador 20 February 1957
Mother Doughty's Crew 27 February 1957
Conquest of New Providence 6 March 1957
Hurricane 13 March 1957
Cutlass Wedding 20 March 1957
The Aztec Treasure 27 March 1957
Prize of Andalusia 3 April 1957
Dan Tempest Holds an Auction 10 April 1957
The Spy Aboard 17 April 1957
Flip and Jenny 24 April 1957
Indian Fighters 1 May 1957
Mistress Higgins’ Treasure 8 May 1957
To the Rescue 15 May 1957
The Decoy 22 May 1957
Instrument of War 29 May 1957
Pirate Honour 5 June 1957
Printer's Devil 12 June 1957






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The Adventures of Robin Hood

A British television series consisting of an amazing 143 half-hour, black and white episodes, that were initially broadcast weekly on ITV between 1955 and 1959. The series is set in 12th Century England, during the reign of King Richard. Robin of Locksley, a nobleman, is forced to become an outlaw, taking occupation in Sherwood Forest and leading a band of men to right the wrongs committed by the rich and powerful against the poor and defenceless. Hood's arch-enemy in the series is the Sheriff of Nottingham who constantly schemes to capture the outlaw by any means possible.

Lady Marian Fitzwalter (Maid Marian), a young noblewoman who becomes Robin Hood's lover, keeps him informed of the Sheriff of Nottingham's whereabouts and intentions. The show starred Richard Greene as the legendary outlaw in his constant battle to stay one step ahead of his arch-enemy, played by Alan Wheatley. While some of the episodes dramatise the traditional, well-known Robin Hood tales, most of the episodes were completely new original dramas created by the show's writers and producers.

The show was commissioned by Lew Grade in 1954 and produced by Hannah Weinstein of Sapphire Films Limited with an initial budget of £10,000 per episode. Weinstein hired many blacklisted American writers to write episodes for the series, including Ring Lardner Jr., Waldo Salt, Robert Lees, and Adrian Scott. Howard Koch, also blacklisted, served for a while as the script editor. These writers were credited under pseudonyms, to avoid attracting the attention of studio executives.

The series premiered in the UK, via ATV London, on Sunday 25th September with the USA premiere via CBS on the following day. ATV Midlands began showing the series on Friday 17th February 1956 with other regions screening at a later date as they came on-air for the first time in the UK. The episodes had noticeable fade-outs where US commercials were intended to slot in (the series was sponsored in the USA by Johnson & Johnson baby products, Band-Aid and Wildroot hair products).
The series was broadcast in France as 'Aventures dans la Foret de Sherwood' in 1965 on ORTF.

Other countries that broadcast the series included Canada (1955-1958) on CBOT, Toronto, and CKCO, Kitchener, Ontario; Australia (1956-1961) on HSV7 (The Seven Network); Finland (1964) on Noordezee; Holland (1965-1966) on AVRO and Germany (1971-1974) on ARD.


Series interiors were filmed at Nettlefold Studios, with location shooting taking place on the nearby Wisley Common in Surrey and also at the adjoining Foxwarren Park Estate, near Cobham, which was actually owned by producer Hannah Weinstein. In 1956 a replica castle exterior, complete with a drawbridge, was built in the grounds of the estate for the filming of 'The Adventures of Sir Lancelot' series but was also used for various castle scenes in series 3 and 4 of Robin Hood. It is first seen as Chateau Marmont in 'The Bandit of Brittany' during series 2, being used in place of the existing castle and village set on the backlot at Nettlefold studios, which were used in series 1 and most of series 2. Short film sequences were also shot at various other 'medieval' locations including, amongst others: Allington Castle in Kent (as Fitzwalter Castle, Marian's home), Painshill Park near Cobham, Saltwood Castle in Hythe, Pencoed Castle near Magor in Monmouthshire, Alnwick Castle, Lindisfarne Castle and Warkworth Castle in Northumberland, Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, Leith Hill near Dorking, Framlington Castle in Suffolk, Newark Priory near Ripley, Castle Mill in Dorking, and Newark Mill.

Carl Sigman wrote the words and music for the theme song which was sung by Dick James. It was released on Parlophone records as a 78rpm by Dick James with Stephen James and his chums and Ron Goodwin's Orchestra and reached number 14 in the UK charts. It was also covered by Gary Miller with Tony Osbourne orchestra and the Beryl Stott chorus on 45rpm, reaching number 10 on the UK charts. Other versions were recorded by Frankie Laine, Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra, Alan Dale, Joe Reisman's orchestra and chorus and Ronnie Ronaldo and there was even a French theme version called '- these with the extended five-verse and six-chorus song. A French version of the theme song (called 'Robin des Bois') was recorded for the French market which can be heard on the 3rd series episode 'Farewell To Tuck' released on DVD by Network. They also released a first series episode ('The Highlander') on which can be heard a downbeat instrumental variation on the end theme by Edwin Astley. Full length episodes can be viewed at many places on the internet and the complete series is available on DVD.

In 1960, Sydney Cole and Richard Greene produced the colour feature film 'Sword of Sherwood Forest' for Hammer Film Productions (in association with Yeoman Films), directed by Terence Fisher. Richard Greene starred as Robin Hood with Peter Cushing as The Sheriff of Nottingham, Sarah Branch as Maid Marian, Nigel Green as Little John, Jack Gwillim as Archbishop Hubert Walter and Richard Pasco as Edward, Earl of Newark.



 
Intro and end theme                Original end theme                Robin Hood on YouTube                French version: 'Robin des Bois' by Georges Guetary                German version: 'Die Abenteuer von Robin Hood'


SERIES CAST: Main Characters: Some notable appearances: Series also featured:   (Actors were known to have played two or sometimes more different characters in separate episodes)

Richard Greene - Robin Hood
Victor Woolf - Derwent
Archie Duncan - Little John (106 episodes) 1955 - 1960)
Rufus Cruickshank - Little John (12 episodes 1955 - 1956)
Alexander Gauge - Friar Tuck
Alan Wheatley - Sheriff of Nottingham
Paul Eddington - Will Scarlett (64 episodes 1956 - 1960)
Ronald Howard - Will Scarlet (2 episodes 1956)
Bernadette O'Farrell - Maid Marian (48 episodes 1955 - 1957)
Patricia Driscoll - Maid Marian (37 episodes 1957 - 1960)
Hubert Gregg - Prince John (2 episodes 1957)
Donald Pleasence - Prince John (6 episodes 1956 - 1958)

Brian Haines - Prince John (1 episode 1958)
John Schlesinger - Alan-a-Dale (2 episodes 1956 - 1957)
Richard Coleman - Alan-a-Dale (4 episodes 1959 - 1960
)
John Baker - Quentin (2 episodes 1957)
Shaun O'Riordan - Quentin (18 episodes 1956 - 1957)
Martin Lane - Seneschal (11 episodes 1956 - 1957)
Patrick Troughton - Seneschal (8 episodes 1956 - 1960)

Willoughby Gray - Outlaw
Arthur Skinner - Outlaw
John Dearth - Outlaw
Charles Stapley - Outlaw
Paul Connell - Outlaw
Gabriel Toyne - Outlaw

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Edward Mulhare

Patrick Troughton
Nigel Davenport
Alfie Bass
Leslie Phillips
Harry H. Corbett
Peter Asher
Anne Reid
Michael Ripper
Kenneth Cope
Jane Asher

Leo McKern

Alfred Burke
James Hayter
Francis Matthews

Geoffrey Bayldon

Richard O'Sullivan

Wilfrid Brambell

Sidney James

Sam Kydd

Bill Owen

Lionel Jeffries

Gordon Jackson

Paul Daneman

Laurence Naismith
Patrick Cargill
Irene Handl
Billie Whitelaw

Rupert Davies

Michael Gough

Thora Hird

Leonard Sachs

Joan Sims

Ronald Allen

Nicholas Parsons

Muriel Young

Roger Delgado
Conrad Phillips
Desmond Llewelyn

Bernard Bresslaw

Norman Rossington

Harold Goodwin

Ronald Hines
Jennifer Jayne

Shaun O'Riordan
Simone Lovell
Graham Stewart
John Arnatt
Peter Bennett
Terry Yorke
John Longden
Morton Lowry
Paul Hansard
Edmond Warwick
Max Faulkner
John Drake
Ian Hunter
Patricia Burke
Alan Edwards
Carl Bernard
Tony Thawnton
Keith Rawlings
Leonard Sharp
Hugh McDermott
Bryan Coleman
Hal Osmond
Jack Melford
Marie Burke
Kevin Stoney
Peter Welch
Dervis Ward
Walter Horsbrugh
Arthur Lawrence
Fred Goddard
Ian Whittaker
A.J. Brown
Susan Travers
Maureen Davis
Agnes Fairchild
Dorothy Alison
Laurence Hardy
Colin Broadley
Manning Wilson
Neil Hallett
Richard Pasco
John Harvey
Gordon Whiting

Ken Buckle


Keith Anderson
Geraldine Hagan
David Hart
David Edwards
Bruce Seton
Diana Beaumont
Patrick Barr

Jill Esmond
Karel Stepanek
Eddie Byrne
Zena Walker
Ingeborg von Kusserow
Arthur Howard
Derek Waring
John Carson
David Davies
Robin Bailey
Geoffrey Chater
Dennis Edwards
Charles Houston
Patricia Marmont
Duncan Lamont

John Gatrell
Roland Bartrop
Ballard Berkeley
Maurice Kaufmann
David Cameron
William Mervyn
Philip Ray
Alastair Hunter
Andrew Downie
Michael McKeag
Claude Kingston
Emrys Leyshon
Richard Caldicot
Roy Purcell
Humphrey Lestocq
John Horsley
Kenneth Edwards
Alex Scott
Basil Dignam
Charles Lamb
John Schlesinger

John Stuart

Paula Byrne
Anne Firth
Catherine Finn
Peter Retey
Jefferson Clifford
Brian Alexis
Sylvia Kay
Isobel Greig
Howard Lang
Barbara Mullen
Hugh Burden

John Rutland
Greta Gynt
Walter Hudd
Geoffrey Keen
Dorothy Bromiley
Francis De Wolff
Ann Firbank
Harold Kasket
John Sharplin
Monica Stevenson
Jon Whiteley
Peter Kerr
David Oxley
Victor Maddern
Agnes Bernelle
Gerard Heinz
Donald Bradley

George Rose
George Benson
Helena de Crespo
Thomas Gallagher
Jeanette Hutchinson
Barry Keegan
Alec Mango
Hilary Paterson
Jack Watling
Reginald Beckwith

George A. Cooper
Susan Stephen
Soraya Rafat
Mary Manson
Ellen McIntosh
Denis Shaw


Brian Worth
Michael Brill
Helen Cherry
Pamela Ann Davy
Peter Hammond
Hugh Latimer
Miles Malleson
Anthony Sharp
Gillian Sterrett
Michael Barrington
Meredith Edwards
Andrew Faulds
Charles Gray
William Greene
Peggy Marshall
John Gabriel
Renee Houston
William Lucas
Henri Vidon
Anthony Jacobs
Jack Allen
Faith Bailey
Robert Desmond
Norman MacOwan
Anthony Baird
Ian Bannen
Valerie Cardew
Brenda de Banzie
Andrew de la Motte
Betty Impey
Harriette Johns
Ralph Michael

Lloyd Pearson
Robert Raglan
John Watson
Allan Cuthbertson
Concepta Fennell

Hugh Moxey
Victor Platt
Myrtle Reed
Sally Travers
Guy Verney
Barbara Archer
Jack Lambert

Brian Oulton
Gary Raymond
Martin Wyldeck
Hugh Cross
John Forrest
Michael Lewis
Brian Rawlinson
Peter Torquill
Philip Guard
Jan Miller
Susan Richards
Philip Ashley
Dorothy Blythe
Colin Croft
Anthony Dawson
Nora Gordon
Nigel Green
Wolfe Morris
Susan Richmond
William Squire
Robert Bernal
Noel Coleman
Charles Farrell
Dorothy Gordon

Ronald Ibbs
David Blake Kelly
Carole Lorimer
Duncan McIntyre
Clive Parritt
Robert Raikes
Roy Russell
David Williams
Pamela Alan
Edward Judd
Derek Birch
Geoffrey Taylor
Jonathan Bailey
Camilla Hasse
Angela White
Gerald Cross

Shaun Noble
Joyce Blair
Doris Nolan

Frank Royde

Basil Beale
Graham Crowden
Wilfred Downing
Peter Halliday
Sean Lynch
Jock McKay
Llewellyn Rees
Alan Rowe
Michael Ashwin
John Barrie
Noel Davis
James Ellis
Lawrence James
Tommy Rose
Richard Thorp
Donald Bisset

Philip Latham
Derek Tansley
Mona Lilian
Laurie Main
Miriam McCormick
Barry Shawzin
Peter Johnson
Norma Parnell
Raymond Ray
Sidney Vivian
John H. Watson
Desmond Jordan
Julian Somers
Jack Taylor
Norman Mitchell
Ivor Collin
Sandy Lyle

George Murcell
Roger Bizley
Lesley Parry
Desmond Roberts
Bruce Sharman

Susan Westerby

Megan Williams
David Davenport
Anthony Green
Robert Hunter
Alex Seton

Middleton Woods
Denis Holmes
Paddy Joyce
Timothy Brooking
Michael Collins
Andrew Crawford
Mark Hashfield
Elsie Wagstaff
Patrick Bedford
Selma Vaz Dias
Michael Ellison
Virginia Maskell
Clive Revill
Noel Hood
Elster Kay
Gudrun Ure
Ann Hughes
Howard Greene
Mandy Harper
Lynette Mills
Bernard Goldman
The Volantes
Brandon Brady
Guy Standeven
Sandy Becker
Peter Macarte
Jack May
Joe Wadham
Christopher Toyne
John Alderson
Clive Forrest
Victor Harrington
Jim O'Brady
Charles Lloyd Pack
Helen Forrest
Michael Peake
Douglas Wilmer
Barbara Lott

Gwenda Williams

Jeremy White

EPISODE LIST:
143 x 30-minute episodes over 4 series: (Air dates are for the London ATV region - other regions may have varied air dates and order of screening)

Series 1 39 episodes

The Coming of Robin Hood
25 September 1955
The Moneylender 2 October 1955
Dead or Alive 9 October 1955
Friar Tuck 16 October 1955
Maid Marian 23 October 1955
The Inquisitor 6 November 1955
The Knight Who Came To Dinner 13 November 1955
The Challenge 20 November 1955
Queen Eleanor 27 November 1955
Checkmate 4 December 1955
The Ordeal 11 December 1955
A Guest for the Gallows 25 December 1955
The Highlander 25 December 1955
The Wager 1 January 19566/11/1956
The Betrothal 8 January 1956
The Alchemist 15 January 1956
A Husband for Marian 22 January 1956
The Jongleur 29 January 1956
The Brothers 5 February 1956
The Intruders 5 February 1956
Errand of Mercy 6 February 1956
The Sheriff’s Boots 19 February 1956
Will Scarlet March 1956
Ladies of Sherwood March 1956
The Deserted Castle 23 March 1956
The Miser 8 April 1956
Trial by Battle 15 April 1956
The May Queen 22 April 1956
Children of Greenwood 29 April 1956
The Vandals 1 May 1956
The Byzantine Treasure 6 May 1956
The Wanderer 13 May 1956
The Youngest Outlaw 18 May 1956
The Traitor 20 May 1956
Tables Turned 27 May 1956
The Thorkil Ghost 3 June 1956
Secret Mission 10 June 1956
Richard the Lionheart 17 June 1956
The Scientist 23 June 1956
Series 2 37 episodes

The Prisoner
10 August 1956

Blackmail 30 September 1956
A Year And A Day 14 October 1956
Ransom 28 October 1956
The Goldmaker 29 October 1956
The Haunted Mill 4 November 1956
The Imposters 5 November 1956
The Hero 11 November 1956
Isabella 19 November 1956
The Black Patch 25 November 1956
Outlaw Money 2 December 1956
Hubert 9 December 1956
The Trap 16 December 1956
The Friar’s Pilgrimage 23 December 1956
The Blackbird 30 December 1956
The Dream 6 January 1957
The Shell Game 13 January 1957
The Final Tax 20 January 1957
Ambush 27 January 1957
The Bandit Of Brittany 3 February 1957
The Goldmaker’s Return 10 February 1957
Flight From France 17 February 1957
Fair Play 24 February 1957

The Secret Pool 3 March 1957
The Dowry 10 March 1957
The York Treasure 17 March 1957
The Borrowed Baby 24 March 1957
The Black Five 31 March 1957
Food For Thought 7 April 1957
Too Many Earls 14 April 1957
Highland Fling 21 April 1957
The Mystery Of Ireland's Eye 28 April 1957
The Little People 5 May 1957
The Infidel 12 May 1957
The Path of True Love 26 May 1957
The Road in the Air 2 June 1957
Carlotta 9 June 1957
Series 3 41 episodes

The Frightened Tailor
6 September 1957

Pepper 15 September 1957
The Salt King 22 September 1957
A Tuck In Time 29 September 1957
The Charter 6 October 1957
Change Of Heart 13 October 1957
Brother Battle 20 October 1957
My Brother’s Keeper 27 October 1957
An Apple for the Archer 3 November 1957
The Angry Village 10 November 1957
The Mark 17 November 1957
The Bride Of Robin Hood 24 November 1957
To Be A Student 1 December 1957
The Challenge of The Black Knight 8 December 1957
The Rivals 15 December 1957
The Christmas Goose 22 December 1957
A Village Wooing 27 December 1957
The Profiteer 29 December 1957
Knight Errant 5 January 1958
The Healing Hand 12 January 1958
One Man’s Meat 19 January 1958
Castle in the Air 26 January 1958
Too Many Robins 2 February 1958
Roman Gold 16 February 1958
The Ghost That Failed 23 February 1958
The Crusaders 2 March 1958
The Youthful Menace 9 March 1958
The Doctor 16 March 1958
The Double 22 March 1958
At The Sign of The Blue Boar 23 March 1958
Quickness of the Hand 30 March 1958
Elixir of Youth 6 April 1958
The Genius 13 April 1958
The Fire 20 April 1958
The Minstrel 27 April 1958
The Lottery 4 May 1958
Lincoln Green 11 May 1958
Women's War 18 May 1958
Little Mother 25 May 1958
Marian's Prize 1 June 1958
Farewell to Tuck 22 June 1958
Series 4 26 episodes

Sybella
14 September 1958

The Lady-Killer 21 September 1958
A Touch of Fever 28 September 1958
Tuck’s Love Day 5 October 1958
The Flying Sorceror 12 October 1958
The Loaf 19 October 1958
Six Strings to His Bow 26 October 1958
The Devil You Don’t Know 2 November 1958
Goodbye Little John 9 November 1958
Hostage for a Hangman 16 November 1958
Hue and Cry 23 November 1958
The Reluctant Rebel 30 November 1958
The Oath 7 December 1958
The Debt 14 December 1958
The Charm Pedlar 14 December 1958
The Bagpiper 21 December 1958
The Parting Guest 28 December 1958
A Race Against Time 4 January 1959
The Pharaoh Stones 11 January 1959
Bride for an Outlaw 18 January 1959
Double Trouble 25 January 1959
Trapped 1 February 1959
The Champion 8 February 1959
The Edge and the Point 15 February 1959
A Bushel of Apples 22 February 1959
The Truce 1 March 1959





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The Adventures of William Tell

A British television swashbuckling adventure series first broadcast on the ITV network in 1958. The series was produced by National Telefilm Associates for ITC, the executive producer being Ralph Smart, who wrote a number of stories for the series and also produced the 'Danger Man' series. In the United States the 39 episodes, made in 3 series, aired on the syndicated NTA Film Network in 1958-1959. The show was subsequently sold throughout the world, even behind the Iron Curtain.

The series recounts the adventures of a 14th-century Swiss folk hero who wielded a crossbow and encouraged the population of the old Swiss Confederacy to revolt against the occupying forces of Albert of Habsburg. It is loosely based on Johann Von Schiller's tale about
William Tell, an Alpine hero from the Swiss settlement of Berglan, who fought at the side of the oppressed people of Altdorf against the occupying Austrians in the early 14th century.

The first episode sees Tell being challenged by the evil Landburgher Gessler (the hated Austrian local overlord) to display his crossbow marksmanship by shooting an apple off the head of his own son, Walter. Tell accomplishes this feat, but has a second arrow tucked away for Gessler in case his attempt failed. On discovering this fact, Gessler attempts to arrest Tell, who flees to the mountains with son Walter and wife, Hedda.

The actual splitting of the apple on the head of Tell's son was achieved by trick photography, as revealed by Conrad Phillips: "We used a very fine taut wire through the apple and lined it up with the shot of the bolt speeding towards him. If we had tried it for real, I think we would have got through a lot of boys . . ."


Studio scenes were shot at the National Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England with outdoor scenes filmed around the mountains and lakes of Snowdonia in Wales.
The film base and make-up facilities were at a small farm in Cwm-Y-Glo , beside the Llyn Padarn lake which can be seen in many shots (as well as cars on the A4086 road on the opposite shore of the lake). Although all three
series involved location shoots, the third was more studio-based and location scenes were largely taken from unused and reused stock shots from the first and second series. A smaller crew went to Wales for this series, saving several technicians wages, and further savings were made by shooting without synchronised sound. Daily rushes were viewed at the only cinema in the area, at Llanberis, which was taken over from 8.00 until noon every morning. Each day's film was taken to Soho in London for developing and the rushes returned to Llanberis by 8.30 next morning.

Phillips did much of his own stunt work on location and suffered several injuries, but during filming one scene in Snowdonia he was asked to keep stepping back until he eventually stepped off a 12-foot drop, injuring his knee, which eventually led to his retirement from acting. He had to wear support bandages during filming but occasionally forgot, causing him to struggle in some action scenes.

The series featured a memorable theme song, with music based on Rossini's William Tell Overture. The lyrics for the show were by Harold Purcell and were sung by David Whitfield. Because this particular portion of Rossini's overture was used as the theme of The Lone Ranger in the USA, a different portion of the overture, with added lyrics, became the theme song there and was titled: The Freedom Song - 'Marching Behind William Tell' by Geoffrey Parsons. This can be heard on the Network DVD episode 'Castle of Fear'. The incidental music was mainly by Albert Elms with some by Sydney John Kay.
Full length episodes can be viewed at many places on the internet and the complete series is available on DVD.


   Full theme song by David Whitfield                              
   Seven episodes and credits                                 The Lone Ranger theme music                                 William Tell on YouTube


SERIES CAST: Main Characters: Some notable appearances: Series also featured:   (Actors were known to have played two or sometimes more different characters in separate episodes)

Conrad Phillips - William Tell
Willoughby Goddard - Gessler
Jennifer Jayne - Hedda Tell
Richard Rogers - Walter Tell
Nigel Green - The Bear
Derren Nesbitt - Captain Frederick (8 episodes 1958 - 1959)
Willoughby Gray - Captain Frederick (3 episodes 1958 - 1959)
Peter Hammond - Hofmanstahl

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Michael Caine
Frank Thornton
Frazer Hines
Patrick Troughton
Kenneth Cope
Christopher Lee
Erik Chitty
Wilfrid Brambell
Deborah Watling
Sidney James
Michael Ripper
Adrienne Corri
John Le Mesurier
Donald Pleasence
Robert Shaw
Roger Delgado
Warren Mitchell
Michael Crawford

Bruce Seton
Jack Watling
John McCarthy
Jack Lambert
Howard Pays
Charles Houston
James Booth
John Dearth
Howard Lang
Derek Godfrey
John Horsley
Kevin Stoney
Glyn Owen
Edwin Richfield
Peter Welch
Marjorie Rhodes
Charles Ross
Scot Finch
Catherine Finn

John Howard Davies
Terence Cooper
Peter Bennett
Alex Scott
Keith Pyott
Edward Judd
Harvey Hall
Julian Somers
Peter Torquill
Olive McFarland
Roy Purcell
Stanley Van Beers
Ian Wallace
John Maxim
Robert Raglan
Richard Shaw
Tommy Duggan
Maureen Davis
David de Keyser

Ferdy Mayne
Brian Rawlinson
Nadja Regin
Jill Browne
Maurice Kaufmann
Ralph Michael
Susan Travers
Delphi Lawrence
Harold Scott
Jerry Verno
Michael Brennan
Richard Burrell
John Carson
Robert Cawdron
Ian Colin
Roy Godfrey
Monica Grey
Lee Montague
Perlita Neilson

Keith Rawlings
Peter Swanwick
Derek Waring
Norman Mitchell
Henry Oscar
William Abney
Derek Aylward
Joanna Dunham
Edward Evans
Michael Golden
Ann Hughes
Diane Lambert
John Longden
Leslie Perrins
Trevor Reid
Alan Rowe
Tony Thawnton
Alfred Burke
Bryan Coleman

Gerald Cross
Ernest Milton
Norma Purcell
Graham Stewart
Richard Warner
Mary Webster
Cyril Chamberlain
Richard Clarke
David Blake Kelly
Simone Lovell
David Peel
Derrick Sherwin
Sally Travers
Andre Van Gyseghem
Shelagh Wilcocks
Colette Wilde
Raymond Young
Richard Bebb
Hamlyn Benson

David Davenport
Ronald Leigh-Hunt
Anthony Parker
Sheila Raynor
Meadows White
Maureen Beck
Caroline Denzil
Walter Gotell
Neil Hallett
Fred Johnson
Norman MacOwan
Norma Parnell
Peter Reynolds
John Salew
Patsy Smart
Richard Vernon
Marianne Benet
George Benson
Celia Hewitt

Lloyd Lamble
Arthur Skinner
Max Bacon
Derek Bond
William Dexter
Harriette Johns
William Lucas
Michael Peake
Melissa Stribling

Harry Lockart
Paul Stassino
Gillian Vaughan
Eileen Way
Charles Lloyd Pack

EPISODE LIST: 39 x 30-minute episodes (Air dates are for ATV Midlands - other regions may have varied air dates and order of screening)


The Emperor's Hat 15 September 1958
The Hostages 22 September 1958
Secret Death 29 September 1958
The Gauntlet of St. Gerhardt 6 October 1958
The Prisoner 13 October 1958
Voice in the Night 20 October 1958
The Assassin 27 October 1958
The Baroness 3 November 1958
The Elixir 10 November 1958
The Suspect 17 November 1958
The Cuckoo 24 November 1958
The Bear 1 December 1958
The Magic Powder 8 December 1958
The Golden Wheel 15 December 1958
The Bride 22 December 1958
The Boy Slaves 29 December 1958
The Young Widow 5 January 1959
Landslide 12 January 1959
The Trap 19 January 1959
The Shrew 26 January 1959
The Manhunt 2 February 1959
The Killer 9 February 1959
The Surgeon 16 February 1959
The Ensign 23 February 1959
The Unwelcome Stranger 9 March 1959
The Avenger 16 March 1959
The Bandit 23 March 1959
Gessler's Daughter 30 March 1959
The General's Daughter 6 April 1959
The Raid 13 April 1959
Castle of Fear 20 April 1959
The Black Brothers 27 April 1959
The Lost Letter 4 May 1959
Secret Weapon 11 May 1959
The Master Spy 18 May 1959
The Traitor 25 May 1959
The Spider 1 June 1959
The Mountain People 8 June 1959
Undercover 15 June 1959






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Richard the Lionheart

A British television series of 39x30-minute episodes, directed by Ernest Morris and produced by Danziger Productions Limited for ITV which ran during 1962 and 1963. The title role was played by Irish actor Dermot Walsh and the theme song 'Richard the Lionheart' was written by Bill LeSage.

The producers claimed that the series was based on fact as far as possible, although little was known of Richard's personal life, leading to the comment "… we have taken some liberties here and there…" by associate producer Brian Taylor in a TV Times article heralding the start of the series. Set in medieval Britain in the 12th century, the series begins with the death of King Henry II and endorses the traditional view of Richard the Lionheart as a hero, with his brother Prince John (superbly played by Trader Faulkner) as the villain.

Historically, Richard was King of England from 1189 and also ruled as Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine and Gascony, Lord of Cyprus, Count of Poitiers, Anjou, Maine, and Nantes, and was overlord of Brittany at various times during the same period. He was known as Richard Cœur de Lion or Richard the Lionheart because of his reputation as a great military leader and warrior. By the age of 16 he had command of his own army, putting down rebellions in Poitou against his father. He was a central Christian commander during the Third Crusade, scoring considerable victories against the Muslim leader Saladin, although he did not succeed in retaking Jerusalem.

He was born in England, where he spent his childhood before becoming king, but lived most of his adult life in the southwest of France. Following his accession, he spent very little time, perhaps as little as six months, in England. Most of his life as king was spent on Crusade, in captivity, or actively defending his lands in France. Rather than regarding his kingdom as a responsibility requiring his presence as ruler, he has been perceived as preferring to use it merely as a source of revenue to support his armies. Nevertheless, he was affectionately seen as a pious hero by most of his subjects.

Full length episodes can be viewed at many places on the internet and 38 of the episodes are currently known to be available on DVD.

   Theme song / intro                  Episode 2 'The Lion and The Eagle'                  German trailer 'Richard Lowenherz'                  French trailer 'Richard Coeur de Lion'               
   Richard the Lionheart on YouTube       


SERIES CAST: Main Characters: Some notable appearances: Series also featured:   (Actors were known to have played two or sometimes more different characters in separate episodes)

Dermot Walsh
- Richard The Lionheart
Robin Hunter - Sir Gilbert
Trader Faulkner - Prince John
Alan Haywood - Sir Geoffrey
Iain Gregory - Blondel
Sheila Whittingham - Queen Berengaria
Francis De Wolff - Leopold Of Austria
Max Faulkner - De Fleury
Michael Peake - Conrad
Prudence Hyman - Queen Eleanor (3 episodes 1962)
Joan Haythorne - Queen Eleanor (1 episode 1963)

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Anton Rodgers
Conrad Phillips
Roy Kinnear
Francis Matthews
Roger Delgado
Jack Smethurst
Victor Spinetti
Peter Vaughan
Ernest Clark
Jill Ireland
Jennifer Jayne

David Davenport
Brian McDermott
Ian Fleming
Glyn Owen
Marne Maitland
Howard Greene
John Longden
Elwyn Brook-Jones
Anne Lawson
Jennifer Daniel
Garard Green
Steve Plytas
Peter Reynolds
Colin Tapley
Julie Alexander
Tom Bowman
Nigel Green
Olaf Pooley
Susan Shaw
Robert Rietty
Christopher Carlos
Lisa Daniely
Derrick Sherwin
John Bennett

Humphrey Lestocq Jeremy Bisley
Peter Duguid
John Scott
Oliver MacGreevy
John Serret
Tom Gill
Walter Randall
Brian Cobby
Hugo De Vernier
Alan Rolfe
Richard Shaw
John Bay
Martin Benson
Tony Doonan
John Gabriel
Raymond Rollett
David Davies
Ralph Michael
Willoughby Goddard
George Pastell
Edgar Wreford
Maurice Kaufmann Margaretta Scott

June Thorburn
Riggs O'Hara
Alister Williamson
Neil Hallett
Christopher Witty
Eric Dodson
Nadja Regin
Jocelyn Britton
Sean Lynch
Ellen Pollock
Robert Raglan
Tatiana Reyna
Noel Coleman
Eira Heath
Jane Hylton
Philip Latham
Bartlett Mullins
Hugh David
Zena Marshall
Mark Burns
Richard Caldicot
William Fox
Anthony Jacobs
Barry Shawzin

Jill Williams
John Cater
Ian Curry
Laurence Hardy
Jack May
Maurice Reyna
Guy Deghy
John Gill
Patrick McAlinney
Bill Nagy
Roy Patrick
Terry Baker
Paul Craig
Jack Melford
Leon Cortez
Malcolm Knight
Michael O'Brien
Peter Sinclair
Michael Wynne
Tony Arpino
John Brooking
Peter Elliott
Silvia Francis
David Rose

Tom Busby
Petra Davies
Howard Douglas
Richard Huggett
Hubert Rees
Michael Ashlin
Derek Sydney
George Hancock
Robert MacKenzie
Daphne Anderson

Dawn Beret
Brandon Brady
Kevin Brennan
Edgar K. Bruce
Robert Bruce
Vivienne Burgess

Patrick Durkin
Denzil Ellis
William Forbes
Nicholas Grimshaw

Reginald Hearne
Stuart Hillier
Robert Hollyman
Jill Hyem

Peter Illing
John Kelland
John Lewis
David Ludman
Andreas Malandrinos
Ferdy Mayne
Michael McStay
Katharine Page
Bill Parsons
Soraya Rafat
Dominic Roche
Alec Ross
Stuart Saunders
Harold Siddons
Frank Sieman
Larry Taylor
Vanessa Thornton
Hedger Wallace
Beresford Williams
Norman Wynne

Fred Abbott
Roger Bizley
Golda Casimir
Richard Dobson

Clifford Earl
Anna Gerber
Nora Gordon
Walter Gotell
John Hatton
John G. Heller
Ronald Howard
Sean Kelly
Ann Lancaster
Howard Lang
John Mahoney
Bernadette Milnes
Peter Myers
April Olrich
Rasidi Onikoyi
Robert Perceval
Frederick Rawlings
Robert Robinson
John Southworth
Charles Stanley
Donald Tandy
Derek Tansley
Ken Wayne
Michael Wells

EPISODE LIST: 39 x 30-minute episodes (Air dates are for ATV Midlands - other regions may have varied air dates and order of screening)


Long Live The King 4 June 1962
The Lion and The Eagle 11 June 1962
The Robbers of Ashdown Forest 18 June 1962
The Wolf of Banbury 25 June 1962
School For A King 2 July 1962
Crown In Danger 9 July 1962
The Pirate King 16 July 1962
The Alchemist of Rouen 23 July 1962
The King's Champion 30 July 1962
King Arthur's Sword 6 August 1962
The Challenge 13 August 1962
The Bride 20 August 1962
The Strange Monks of Latroun 27 August 1962
The Great Enterprise 3 September 1962
The Norman King 10 September 1962
When Champions Meet 21 September 1962
The Warrior From Scotland 28 September 1962
The Conjurer 5 October 1962
The Lord of Kerak 12 October 1962
The Saracen Physician 19 October 1962
A Marriage of Convenience 26 October 1962
Queen in Danger 2 November 1962
Prince Otto 15 March 1963
The Vision Fades 29 March 1963
The Fugitive 12 April 1963
Knight Errant At Large 26 April 1963
Guardian of the Temple 10 May 1963
Capture 24 May 1963
A King's Ransom 7 June 1963
The Devil is Unloosed 21 June 1963
The Little People of Lyntor 5 July 1963
The Raiders 19 July 1963
An Eye for An Eye 2 August 1963
The Caveman 16 August 1963
A Year and A Day 30 August 1963
The Crown Jewels 13 September 1963
The Man Who Sold Pardons 29 November 1963
The Heir of England 6 December 1963
The People's King 13 December 1963




    
                              


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Ivanhoe

This British televisione series was set in England during the 12th century reign of King Richard the Lionheart, who had gone to fight in the Crusades. During his absence and imprisonment in Austria, power had been usurped by his younger brother, Prince John, who was bent on stripping the people of their rights and lands. The champion who attempted to thwart John and his allies, right these wrongs, securing justice and help for those in need was the heroic son of a Saxon nobleman knight Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, himself just returned from the Crusades, along with his father-and-son companions Gurth and Bart whom he had freed from servitude.

Swashbuckling adventures were a mainstay of British television programming in the mid-50s. In December 1956 Columbia Pictures contracted Roger Moore to play the title role in a co-production between Columbia subsidiary Screen Gems and British producer Sydney Box (Productions) that was intended for transmission in both the UK and America and the UK. The executive producer was Peter Rogers, who began producing the Carry On films shortly afterwards. The opening and closing themes were written by Edwin Astley, who also wrote the series music in conjunction with Louis Levy and Albert Elms.

Filming started in February 1957, mainly at the ABC Studios at Elstree, Borehamwood and on location around Buckinghamshire in England, but with some filming also taking place in California when the schedule to get the pilot to ABC (who didn't purchase the show) forced the first episode and the opening/closing sequences be filmed at the Columbia Ranch outside Los Angeles.

Although the budget was far greater than that of the Robin Hood third series running at the time, only the pilot episode was filmed in colour (shown in black and white). Moore was keen on carrying out much of the stunt work himself, which resulted in injuries that included three cracked ribs from a fight scene and being knocked unconscious when a battleaxe hit his head armour.

Moore was to later comment "I felt a complete Charlie riding around in all that armour and damned stupid plumed helmet. I felt like a medieval fireman" The series premiered on ITV in January 1958 while filming continued through to June 1958 to complete all 39x 25-minute episodes and finished on Moore's return to Hollywood when Warner Brothers offered him a movie role in The Miracle. It has since been sold and viewed in more than a dozen countries worldwide.
Full length episodes can be viewed at many places on the internet and the complete series is available on DVD.

  Episode 1 - 'Freeing the Serfs'                      Episode 17 - 'The Weavers'                      Episode 5 - 'Whipping Boy'                      Intro sequence and theme                      Ivanhoe on YouTube                                   


SERIES CAST: Main Characters: Some notable appearances: Series also featured:   (Actors were known to have played two or sometimes more different characters in separate episodes)

Roger Moore - Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe
Robert Brown - Gurth
Andrew Keir - Prince John
Martin Wyldeck - Sir William
John Pike - Bart
John Carson - Guard Captain
John Bailey - Baron Courcey
Ivan Craig - Lord Blackheath
Alex Scott - Sir Rufus

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Leonard Sachs
Michael Ripper
Jennifer Jayne
Adrienne Corri
Rupert Davies
Jon Pertwee
Michael Bates
Christopher Lee
Kenneth Cope
Paul Eddington
Patrick Troughton
Peter Gilmore
James Villiers

Neal Arden
Leigh Madison
Robert Cawdron
Henri Vidon
Terence Longdon
Anthony Dawson
Maurice Kaufmann
Derek Aylward
Patrick Holt
Phyllis Neilson-Terry
Peter Reynolds
Cecil Brock
Ronald Leigh-Hunt
Jerry Verno
Edwin Richfield
Raymond Young
Roy Purcell
John Stuart
Harold G. Robert
George Woodbridge
Susan Beaumont
Emerton Court

Alastair Hunter
Peter Torquill
Barbara Mullen
Edward Judd
Bruce Seton
Meadows White
Alexander Archdale
Peter Dyneley
Arthur Gomez
Marla Landi
Delphi Lawrence
Peggy Marshall
Betty McDowall
Charles Lloyd Pack
Wensley Pithey
Joan Rice
Ralph Truman
Gwynne Whitby
Paul Whitsun-Jones
Bruno Barnabe
Reginald Beckwith
Ballard Berkeley

Patricia Bredin
Naomi Chance
Michael David
Guy Deghy
Andrew Faulds
Danny Green
Peter Madden
Leslie Perrins
Geoffrey Toone
Stanley Van Beers
Tony Wager
Derek Waring
John Warner
Michael Anderson Jr.
Richard Bird
Martin Boddey
Ernest Butcher
Alan Coleshill
Rufus Cruickshank
Leslie Dwyer
John Fabian
Norah Gorsen

Paul Hansard
Oliver Johnson
Llewellyn Rees
Ann Sears
Bill Shine
Charles Stapley
Derek Sydney
Harold Lang
George Bishop
Gordon Boyd
Elwyn Brook-Jones
George A. Cooper
Hilda Fenemore
Helen Forrest
John Gatrell
Tom Gill
Walter Gotell
Peter Halliday
James Kenney
John Maxin
Jack May
Frederick Piper

Alan Robinson
John Schlesinger
Steven Scott
Kevin Stoney
Susan Swinford
Brian Weske
Richard Bennett
Colin Campbell
John Cazabon
John Dearth
Max Faulkner
Nigel Green
Dennis Lacey
Jack Lambert
Peter Lamsley
Simone Lovell
Richard Martin
John Maxim
Aubrey Morris
Norma Parnell
Ewen Solon
Colin Tapley

Moray Watson
Donald Wilson
Ian Ainsley
Nigel Arkwright
Anthony Bate
Peter Grieve
John Harvey
Leonard Maguire
Allan Mitchell
Patrick Parnell
Robert Raglan
Robert Raikes
Brian Rawlinson
June Rodney
Melissa Stribling
Kip Van Nash
Jane Welsh
Jack Cunningham
Tony Doonan
Grenville Eves
Patricia Kirschner
Charles Lamb


Stevenson Lang
Christine Pollon
Graham Stewart
Aidan Turner
John Van Eyssen
Peter Williams
Paul Hardwick
Warren Hearnden
Desmond Roberts
Charles Stanley
Tom Bowman
Cyril Chamberlain
Derrick De Marney
Nancy Graham
Noel Johnson
Lloyd Lamble

EPISODE LIST: 39 x 30-minute episodes (Air dates are for ATV Midlands - other regions may have varied air dates and order of screening)

Freeing the Serfs 5 January 1958
Slave Traders 12 January 1958
Wedding Cake 19 January 1958
Black Boar 26 January 1958
Whipping Boy 2 February 1958
The Witness 9 February 1958
German Knight 16 February 1958
Face to Face 23 February 1958
Rinaldo 2 March 1958
Lyman the Pieman 9 March 1958
The Escape 16 March 1958
Ragan's Forge 23 March 1958
The Ransom 29 March 1958
The Prisoner in the Tower 5 April 1958
Murder at the Inn 12 April 1958
Brothers in Arms 14 June 1958
The Weavers 21 June 1958
Counterfeit 6 July 1958
The Widow of Woodcote 20 July 1958
The Kidnapping 27 July 1958
Treasures from Cathay 10 August 1958
By Hook or By Crook 17 August 1958
The Double-Edged Sword 24 August 1958
Search For Gold 31 August 1958
The Masked Bandits 7 September 1958
Freelance 21 September 1958
The Masons 28 September 1958
Arms and the Woman 5 October 1958
The Cattle Killers 19 October 1958
The Gentle Jester 26 October 1958
Three Days to Worcester 9 November 1958
The Night Raiders 16 November 1958
The Raven 23 November 1958
The Monk 30 November 1958
The Swindler 7 December 1958
The Princess 14 December 1958
The Fledgling 21 December 1958
The Circus 28 December 1958
The Devil's Dungeon 4 January 1959




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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot

This 1956 British television series dipped deep into Arthurian legend to relate tales of the adventures of that most famous of the Knights of the Round Table, Sir Lancelot. The stories were extensively researched by the History and Literature Departments of Oxford University to re-create some of the more notable exploits of Lancelot and various members of King Arthur's court.
Studio filming took place at the Nettlefold Studios and Walton Studios, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, and on location at Allington Castle, Maidstone, Kent which created an authentic 14th century look even though the series was supposed to be set in the 6th century. The series was produced by Hannah Weinstein and Sapphire Films for ITC Entertainment and, as was the case with many other British television series of the time, it employed several American screenwriters, often under pseudonyms, who had moved to Britain after being placed on the Hollywood blacklist. These included Ian McLellan Hunter and Ring Lardner Jr.

It was one of the very few British series ever to be screened by one of the major American broadcast networks, in this case NBC (and later ABC), which resulted in its becoming the first British television series ever to be produced in colour (well, the last fourteen of the thirty episodes), although only seen in colour in the USA. It was screened in many other countries, even as far afield as Finland, Serbia and Italy. It was first broadcast in the UK via ATV, the London weekend ITV franchise holder, on Saturday 15th September 1956 and on the NBC network in the US nine days later.

The opening music sequence was penned by Edwin Astley and the closing sequence 'The Ballad of Sir Lancelot' by Alan Lomax while the series incidental music was composed by Albert Elms and Edwin Astley. This series launched the undoubtedly successful career of William Russell who became one of television's first heartthrobs via this role. He was later to played Doctor Who's companion, Ian Chesterton, and Ted Sullivan in Coronation Street in the early 90s. It also provided Patrick McGoohan with an early role in the episode 'The Outcasts' where he met writer-director Ralph Smart, who would later create the Danger Man series in which he starred.

Full length episodes can be viewed at many places on the internet and the complete series is available on DVD.

   Episode 1 - 'The Knight with the Red Plume'                         
   Episode 16 - The Ruby of Radnor (colour)                            Closing sequence and theme tune                            The Adventures of Sir Lancelot on YouTube

SERIES CAST: Main Characters: Some notable appearances: Series also featured:   (Actors were known to have played two or sometimes more different characters in separate episodes)

William Russell
- Sir Lancelot du Lac
Cyril Smith - Merlin
Ronald Leigh-Hunt - King Arthur
Robert Scroggins - Brian
David Morrell - Sir Kay
Derren Nesbitt - Andred
Jane Hylton - Queen Guinevere
Edward Judd - Abel
Reginald Hearne - Blacksmith
John Gale - Sir Christopher
Frederick Treves - 1st Guard

Jennifer Jayne
Alfie Bass
Robert Hardy
Patrick McGoohan
William Franklyn
Leonard Sachs
Shaun O'Riordan
Wilfrid Brambell
Harold Goodwin
Yvonne Romain
Michael Caine

Douglas Argent
Eric Corrie
Nigel Green
Paul Williamson
Garry Thorne
Bruce Seton
Zena Walker
Derek Aylward
George Woodbridge
Brian Worth
Hector Ross
Colin Tapley
Peter Bennett
Jeanette Hutchinson
John Dearth

Edward Malin
Andrew Crawford
Edwin Richfield
Paul Hansard
Noel Davis
Noel Purcell
Gerald Cross
Mary Steele
Jerome Willis
Ballard Berkeley
Peter Coke
Dan Cunningham
Gillian Owen
Mary Laura Wood
Martin Benson

Tommy Duggan
Linda Gray
Patricia Kneale
Alison Leggatt
Carol Marsh
Jack Melford
Michael Blakemore
Nora Cheyney
Norah Gorsen
George Murcell
Maxine Audley
Shirley Cooklin
Brown Derby
Lynn Furlong
Hazel Penwarden

John Horsley
Howard Pays
Julian Somers
Ann Stephens
Virginia Vernon
Chin Yu
Hermene French
Norman Mitchell
Pauline Olsen
Meadows White
Margaret Anderson
John Bailey
Gerard Heinz
Richard Leech
Duncan Lewis

Tony Quinn
Derek Waring
David Bough
George Merritt
Peter Assinder
Roma Dumville

Diana Fairfax
Barry Fennell
Fred Goddard
Avice Landone
Mary Manson
Jack May
Graham Stewart
John Cazabon
John Charlesworth

Robert Crewdson
Simone McQueen
Edmond Warwick
Alan Edwards
Catherine Ellison
Sidney Head
June Sylvaine
Ian Whittaker
James Grout
Brian Nissen
Brian Roper
Terry Yorke
Kenneth Luckman

Frederick Jaeger
Robert Robinson

Anarose Carrigan
Philip Lennard
Brian Moorehead
Evelyn Cordeau
Sally Deane
Maureen Davis
Max Faulkner
Desmond Rayner
Sidney Vivian
Paul Way
Caroline Denzil
Anthony Toller
David King
Guy Standeven

EPISODE LIST: 30 x 30-minute episodes (16 Black and White, 14 Colour) (Air dates are for ATV London - other regions may have varied air dates and order of screening)

The Knight with the Red Plume 15 September 1956
The Ferocious Fathers 22 September 1956
The Queen's Knight 29 September 1956
The Outcast 6 October 1956
Winged Victory 13 October 1956
Sir Bliant 20 October 1956
The Pirates 27 October 1956
The Magic Sword 3 November 1956
Lancelot's Banishment 10 November 1956
Roman Wall 17 November 1956
Caledon 24 November 1956
Theft of Excalibur 1 December 1956
The Black Castle 8 December 1956
Shepherd's War 15 December 1956
The Magic Book 22 December 1956
The Ruby of Radnor 29 December 1956
The Lesser Breed 5 January 1957
Witches' Brew 12 January 1957
Sir Crustabread 19 January 1957
Maid of Somerset 26 January 1957
Knight Errant 2 February 1957
Double Identity 9 February 1957
The Lady Lilith 16 February 1957
The Bridge 23 February 1957
The Ugly Duckling 9 March 1957
Knights' Choice 16 March 1957
The Missing Princess 23 March 1957
The Mortaise Fair 30 March 1957
The Thieves 6 April 1957
The Prince of Limerick 13 April 1957



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Sir Francis Drake

This British adventure television series (known as 'The Adventures of Sir Francis Drake' in the U.S.) starred Terence Morgan as the famous Admiral, commander of the sailing ship The Golden Hind and its crew of Sea Hawks. Set in the 16th century during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the show not only featured the expected sword fights and sea battles but also exploration and the political intrigues that surrounded Elizabeth's court, particularly in its dealings with Spain. Historical research for the series was provided by E. Hayter Preston and Beatrice Dawson designed the elegant period costumes worn by the cast. The fight scenes were arranged by Peter Diamond, who also appeared in four of the episodes (as two different characters).

Golden Hind The 26-episode series was a joint ABC/ATV production for ITC, made at Associated British Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England and on location at various historical sites in England as well as on board The Golden Hind in and around the bays of Dartmoth and Torbay in Devon.
The ship used in the filming of the television series started life as a motor fishing vessel, seeing active service during World War II as a harbour launch. She was taken to Falmouth where, at a cost of £25,000, her hull was stripped and, after significant reconstruction, she was reborn as The Golden Hind. A replica of The Golden Hind has been permanently moored in the harbour of Brixham in Devon since 1963 following its use in the TV series (pictured left in 1964).

The original ship used in the filming of the show was badly damaged in a storm in 1987, after which it was towed to Dartmouth and replaced with the current replica (below, which sports a gallery whereas the original version had none). Note: There is another full size replica of the original 1577 vessel based in Southwark, London, a seagoing vessel that was launched in 1973 and has since circumnavigated the globe the equivalent of five times. Ivor Slaney composed the theme music.
The series, directed by Clive Donner and Harry Booth, was first seen on UK network ATV from 12th November 1961 and later aired on the American channel NBC from 24th June 1962 (as a summer replacement for 'Car 54, Where Are You?').

Full length episodes can be viewed at many places on the internet and the complete series is available on DVD.

   Complete theme from Sir Francis Drake (1'57")                                    
   The Golden Hind - Brixham                                       Opening credits and music                                    
   Sir Francis Drake on YouTube

SERIES CAST: Main Characters: Some notable appearances: Series also featured:   (Actors were known to have played two or sometimes more different characters in separate episodes)

Terence Morgan
- Sir Francis Drake
Jean Kent - Queen Elizabeth I
Michael Crawford - John Drake
Milton Reid - Diego
Howard Lang - Grenville
Ewan Roberts - Munro
Roger Delgado - The Spanish Ambassador
Patrick McLoughlin - Richard Trevelyan


Golden Hind

Glynn Edwards
Michael Ripper
Brian Cant
Barry Foster
Grazina Frame
David McCallum
Warren Mitchell
Laurence Naismith
Patrick Wymark
Patrick Allen
Francesca Annis
Nigel Davenport
Susan Hampshire
Barry Morse
Nanette Newman
Patrick Troughton
Edward Woodward

Richard Warner
Peter Diamond
Leon Peers
William Dexter
Victor Maddern
Desmond Newling
Eve Lucette
Alex Scott
John Arnatt
Marshall Jones
William Lucas
Katherine Woodville
Vicki Woolf
Sarah Branch
Richard Pearson
Eileen Way
Patrick Holt
Michael Peake
Joanne Dainton
Michael Anderson Jr.
Michael Bell
Isobel Black

Alfred Burke
Edward Cast
Robert Cawdron
Bill Dancy
Clifford Elkin
Gordon Gardner
Michael Golden
Howard Greene
Harvey Hall
Peter Hempson
Raymond Huntley
Reginald Jessup
Fred Johnson
Delphi Lawrence
Gabriella Licudi
Charles Lloyd Pack
Ruth Lodge
Olive McFarland
Noelle Middleton
John Moffatt
Clive Morton
Lynne Parry

Natasha Parry
Wensley Pithey
Henri Vidon
John Welsh
William Abney
Bernard Archard
Anthony Bate
Nancy Beckh
Reginald Beckwith
Brian Bedford
John Bennett
Katharine Blake
Martin Boddey
Tom Bowman
Pamela Brown
Yvonne Buckingham
Helen Buckley
Marie Burke
Susan Burnet
Duncan Burns
Larry Burns
Anthony Bushell

Christopher Carlos
Charles Carson
Dallas Cavell
Helen Christie
Bryan Coleman
Joseph Cuby
Lawrence Davidson
David Davies
Guy Deghy
Arnold Diamond
Basil Dignam
John Dunbar
Mark Eden
Dennis Edwards
Nancy Egerton
Andrew Faulds
Catherine Finn
Michael Forrest
Liam Gaffney
Kenneth Gilbert
David Grahame
Bob Grant

Philip Guard
Peter Halliday
Reginald Hearne
Gerard Heinz
Charles Heslop
Charles Hill
Richard Huggett
Robin Hughes
Frederick Jaeger
Colin Jeavons
Ryan Jeffs
Barry Keegan
Andrew Keir
Tom Kempinski
Waveney Lee
Ronald Leigh-Hunt
Pauline Letts
Emrys Leyshon
George Little
Harry Lockart
Rory MacDermot
Marne Maitland

Elspeth March
Zena Marshall
Ferdy Mayne
Patrick McAlinney
Neil McCallum
John McCarthy
Jack Melford
Michael Mellinger
Mary Merrall
Zia Mohyeddin
Kieron Moore
Maureen Moore
Stanley Morgan
Endre Muller
Wesley Murphy
Bill Nagy
Gordon Phillott
Walter Randall
Frederick Rawlings
Robert Rietty
Colin Rix
John Ronane

Norman Scace
Richard Shaw

Barry Shawzin
Will Stampe
Paul Stassino
Peter Stephens
Derek Sydney
Larry Taylor
Kim Tracy
Reginald Jarman
Terry Scully
Emile Stemmler
Joe Wadham
Carlos Douglas
Victor Harrington
John Hatton
Jim O'Brady
Fred Wood

EPISODE LIST: 26 x 25-minute episodes (Air dates are for ATV London - other regions may have varied air dates and order of screening)

The Prisoner 12 November 1961
The Lost Colony of Virginia 19 November 1961
Queen of Scots 26 November 1961
Doctor Dee 3 December 1961
Bold Enterprise 10 December 1961
The English Dragon 17 December 1961
Boy Jack 24 December 1961
The Garrison 31 December 1961
Visit to Spain
7 January 1962
The Flame Thrower 14 January 1962
The Governor's Revenge 21 January 1962
Slaves of Spain 28 January 1962
The Doughty Plot 4 February 1962
King of America
11 February 1962
The Irish Pirate 18 February 1962
Beggars of the Sea 25 February 1962
Drake on Trial 4 March 1962
The Bridge 11 March 1962
Johnnie Factotum 18 March 1962
Mission to Paris 25 March 1962
The Reluctant Duchess 1 April 1962
The Gypsies 8 April 1962
Court Intrigue 15 April 1962
Gentleman of Spain 22 April 1962
The Fountain of Youth
29 April 1962
Escape 20 May 1962



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The Adventures of Long John Silver

This was a colour television series made in Australia in 1954 for the UK and American markets before the development of Australian television. The Adventures Of Long John Silver was based on the Robert Louis Stevenson pirate character from his novel 'Treasure Island', and set at Porto Bello on the Spanish Main. The title role was played by English actor Robert Newton following up on his success playing the same character in the 1950 Disney movie, Treasure Island, the first completely live-action film to be made by the company. Certainly, the most notable aspect of 'Treasure Island' was Robert Newton's outrageous piratical portrayal of Long John Silver, encouraged by director Byron Haskin. It was Newton and Haskin, together with writer Martin Rackin and producer Joseph Kaufmann who formed Treasure Island Pictures in order to make a follow-up film, Long John Silver, and the television series from the Disney production.

The film, Long John Silver, was made in Australia in 1954 at the Pagewood Studios in Sydney with Newton again in the title role and Haskin directing. This film was the first cinemascope feature made in Australia and also featured Kit Taylor as Jim Hawkins, Connie Gilchrist as Purity Pinker and Grant Taylor as Patch, roles which they were to carry over into the television series. For both the Long John Silver film and the television series the character was portrayed more as a lovable rogue rather than the ruthless pirate seen in Treasure Island. The hub of the series is located at the 'Cask & Anchor' tavern where Long John and his crew are usually found when ashore. The proprietress, Miss Purity, has a burning ambition to become Mrs. Silver, which Long John goes to great lengths to avoid. Jim Hawkins, a 12 year-old orphan, has been placed in their joint care by the Governor and Patch, Jim's father, is one of Long John's crew.

Some episodes from the series were edited together to be issued as two cinema films, released in the United States in 1955 under the titles 'Under The Black Flag' and 'South Sea Pirates'. In a 1975 interview Kit Taylor recalled "I was a proper little monster. At the age of 10 I realised the power I had. If I said I felt like an ice-cream, the director instantly sent someone to get me one. If I didn't get what I wanted I became uncooperative. Robert Newton would get fed up with my behaviour and he'd give me a swipe on my backside to keep me in order. At other times he'd dangle me on his knee and tell me stories, marvellous adventure tales. As I got older I heard people gossip about him, tearing him down because of his faults. But nothing is going to destroy my image of him. I thought he was great"

Full length episodes can be viewed at many places on the internet and the complete series is available on DVD.

   Episode 19 - 'Ship o'the Dead'                    
   Episode 1 - 'The Pink Pearl'                       Episode 11 - 'Pieces of Eight'                    
   Episode 7 - 'The Eviction'                       The Adventures of Long John Silver on YouTube

SERIES CAST: Main Characters: Series also featured:    

Robert Newton - Capt. Long John Silver
Connie Gilchrist - Purity Pinker
Kit Taylor - Jim Hawkins
Eric Reiman - Trip Fenner
John Brunskill - Old Stingley
Harry Hambleton - Big Eric
Grant Taylor - Patch
Billy Kay - Ironhand
Pat Twohill - Governor Sir Henry Strong

Hans Stern
Henry Gilbert
John Alden
Jeanne Whittet
Muriel Steinbeck
John Hardie
Lou Vernon

Fenella Maguire
Lyle O'Hara
Jocelyn Hernfield
Alexander Archdale
Neva Carr-Glynn
George Simpson-Lyttle
Vladislaus Leonidis

Kenneth J. Warren
Diana Davidson
Albert Garcia
Beryl Meekin
Maurice Millard
Leonard Teale
Owen Weingott

Ron Whelan
John Bernard
Walter Brown
Colin McAlister
Allan Trevor
Ken Wayne
Lola Brooks,

Guy Doleman
Dennis Glenny
Mary Hoskin
Minnie Love
Ray Barrett
Michael Harvey
Win Nelson

Syd Chambers
Kevin Brennan
John Bonney
Gordon Chater
Douglas King
David Nettheim
James Mills

Aileen Britton
Janette Craig
Don McNiven
Walter Sullivan
Mary MacKeay
Tex Clarke
Charles Tasman

Moray Powell
Terry McDermott

EPISODE LIST: 26 x 30-minute colour episodes. Australian production made in 1954 - 1955 but not aired in the UK until 1957, after Newton's death

The Pink Pearl 19 February 1957
The Tale of a Tooth
26 February 1957
Turnabout
5 March 1957
The Crisis
12 March 1957
Temple of Evil
19 March 1957
To Purity, A Daughter
26 March 1957
The Eviction
2 April 1957
The Necklace 9 April 1957
Sword of Vengeance 16 April 1957
Where Men Are Men 23 April 1957
Pieces of Eight 30 April 1957
Dead Reckoning 7 May 1957
Infernal Triangle 14 May 1957
The Orphans' Christmas 21 May 1957
The Master's Touch 28 May 1957
Ties of Blood 4 June 1957
Miss Purity's Birthday 11 Jun. 1957
Execution Dock 20 June 1957
Ship o'the Dead 27 June 1957
The Siege 4 July 1957
The Flag Flies Black 11 July 1957
The Fishwife 18 July 1957
Strange Cargo 25 July 1957
Voodoo 1 August 1957
Devil's Stew 8 August 1957
Dragon Slayer 15 August 1957




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Sword of Freedom

This was a 1958 drama adventure series for a family audience and, like its three predecessors, was a production by Hannah Weinstein and Sapphire Films for ITC Entertainment, fitting neatly into the same swashbuckler category as the previous productions. The theme and series music to Sword of Freedom was composed by Eric Spear, probably more famous for his theme to Coronation Street.

Filming commenced in January 1957, split between Walton Studios, Walton on Thames and Alliance Film Studios, Twickenham, England, under the working title 'Sword for Hire' (later 'The Blade') before they finally settled on the title 'Sword of Freedom'. The 39 half-hour black and white episodes were set in the Renaissance period of 16th century Florence, Italy, and recounted the perils and adventures of Marco del Monte, a young Republican artist and swordsman (played by American actor Edmund Purdom).

The city state was ruled by a powerful banking family headed by the tyrant Duke Lorenzo de Medici and the plot was complicated by the fact that his younger sister, Francesca, was rather attracted to the dashing Marco. The series followed the efforts of Marco and his fellow secret army of Republicans to thwart the attempts of Medici to gain even more power over a wider area.

However, despite the possibilities provided by the elegant costumes and settings, duelling and love scenes and occasional appearances of famous historical characters such as Leonardo da Vinci, played by Andrew Keir, the series is generally considered to have lacked a sense of 'freshness' and somehow failed to achieve the pace and intensity of the previous Sapphire productions despite some interesting storylines.

The other main characters (apart from the Duke himself, played by Martin Benson) are Marco's girlfriend/model Angelica, a beautiful (ex) pickpocket, Marco's friend and confidant Sandro, the Duke de Medici's advisor Machiavelli and Captain Rodrigo who is head of the Medici forces.

Full length episodes can be viewed on the internet and the complete series is available on DVD.

   Intro and theme music                                    
   Episode 1 - 'Francesca', with other episodes available from the same provider


SERIES CAST: Main Characters: Some notable appearances: Series also featured:   (Actors were known to have played two or sometimes more different characters in separate episodes)

Edmund Purdom
- Marco del Monte
Martin Benson - Duke de Medici
Adrienne Corri - Angelica
Roland Bartrop - Sandro (23 episodes 1957 - 1959)
Reginald Beckwith - Sandro (1 episode 1958)
Derek Sydney - Rodrigo
Kenneth Hyde - Machiavelli
Monica Stevenson - Francesca

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Patrick Troughton
Geoffrey Bayldon
Charles Gray
Martita Hunt
Roger Delgado
Ronald Hines
Richard O'Sullivan
Bill Owen
Jean Kent
Jennifer Jayne
Luciana Paluzzi
Andrew Cruickshank

Joan Plowright
Peter Wyngarde
Nigel Davenport
Kenneth Williams
Jane Asher
Wilfrid Brambell
William Russell
Bill Fraser
Peter Asher
Paul Eddington
Derren Nesbitt
John Le Mesurier

Basil Dignam
Andrew Keir
Michael Peake
John Dearth
Norma Parnell
George Murcell
Bryan Coleman
Charles Lamb
Richard Wordsworth
Leonard Sachs
Kevin Stoney
John Carson
Carl Bernard
Alan Rowe
Anne Padwick
Elwyn Brook-Jones
Peter Torquill
Maxwell Shaw
Paul Hansard

Bernard Brown
Sheldon Allan
Julia Arnall
Jane Downs
John Gabriel
John Longden
Murray Mayne
Michael Bryant
George A. Cooper
Brian Haines
Peter Hammond
Robert Raikes
Llewellyn Rees
Zena Walker
Ziki Arnot
Marianne Benet
Richard Leech
Manning Wilson
Daphne Anderson

Patric Doonan
Colin Douglas
Concepta Fennell
Walter Gotell
Thomas Heathcote
Morton Lowry
Noelle Middleton
Donald Morley
Richard Pasco
Thomas Gallagher
Jocelyn Britton
Michael Cosmo
Maurice Kaufmann
Ronald Leigh-Hunt
William Lucas
Joseph O'Conor
John Robinson
Barry Shawzin
Sean Barrett

Tom Clegg
Brian Nissen
Philip Ashley
Edward Atienza
John Bailey
John Barron
Noel Davis
Nora Gordon
Thomas Hare
Edward Harvey
Alec Mango
Anthony Nicholls
Tony Thawnton
Alex Scott
Bruce Sharman
Russell Carr
John Arnatt
Patricia Burke

Patrick Crean
Roger Gage
Neville Jason
Desmond Jordan
John Moore
Colin Broadley
Charles Houston
Ferdy Mayne
Philip James
Howard Lang
Fred McNaughton
Lynette Mills
Edwin Richfield
Tony Wright
George Gee
Geraldine Hagan
David Ritch
Bruno Barnabe


Leonard Sharp
Larry Taylor
Charmian Eyre
Peter Johnson
Richard Brown

Tim Seely
Dennis Edwards
June Rodney
Hamish Roughead
Jim O'Brady
George Hilsdon
Aileen Lewis
Jack Sharp
Guy Standeven
Reg Thomason
Cecil Brock
John Brown
Peter Wrubel

EPISODE LIST: 39 x 25-minute episodes (Air dates are for ATV Midlands - other regions may have varied air dates and order of screening)


Francesca 21 February 1958
The Suspects 28 February 1958
The Sicilian 7 March 1958
Portrait in Emerald Green 14 March 1958
Forgery in Red Chalk 21 March 1958
Vespucci 28 March 1958
The Woman in the Picture 4 April 1958
Caterina 11 April 1958
The Duke 18 April 1958
The Eye of the Artist 25 April 1958
The Bracelet 2 May 1958
The Hero 9 May 1958
The Value of Paper 16 May 1958
Choice of Weapons 23 May 1958
Marriage of Convenience 30 May 1958
The Bell 6 June 1958
The Tower 13 June 1958
The Ship 20 June 1958
The Besieged Duchess 11 July 1958
The Pagan Venus 18 July 1958
The Slave 1 August 1958
The School 8 August 1958
The Ambassador 15 August 1958
The Lion and the Mouse 22 August 1958
Angelica's Past 29 August 1958
Cristina 5 September 1958
Strange Intruder 12 September 1958
The Primavera 11 October 1960
The Marionettes 25 October 1960
Vendetta 8 November 1960
Serenade in Red 22 November 1960
Chart of Gold 6 December 1960
A Game of Chance 20 December 1960
The Reluctant Duke 3 January 1961
Who is Felicia 17 January 1961
Violetta 31 January 1961
The Assassin 28 February 1961
Adriana 14 March 1961
Alessandro 21 March 1961




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