The Adventures of Sir Lancelot Episode 12: Theft of Excalibur

Theft of Excalibur Title Shot

It is St. Stephen’s day when the noblemen and knights serve the servants and squires. One of the squires has been blackmailed into stealing King Arthurs prized sword, Excalibur. A group of robbers have taken the squires father and are forcing a swap of the sword for the boys father.  Sir Lancelot and the squires have been sent to retrieve the stolen sword and bring it back to King Arthur. Lancelot and the boys are overpowered and held by the thieves but as the day sets the fight is one to return the sword to its rightful owner.

Personal Synopsis

A good episode of blackmail and old traditions. This story is cleverly written, requiring Lancelot’s restraint and still the need for heroics. Alfie Bass appearance in this episode is a bonus for me since he acts in another favorite film Revenge of the Pink Panther. Another observation with this episode is that is was in part written by Peggy Phillips, whom no doubt adds a serious note to what is normally a jovial adventure series.


Original Air-date: 2 January 1957

Directed by Bernard Knowles

Written by Peggy PhillipsH.H. Burns

Sir Lancelot du Lac- William Russell

Barney Brandygore- Alfie Bass

King Arthur- Ronald Leigh-Hunt

Merlin- Cyril Smith

Queen Guinevere- Jane Hylton

Brian- Robert Scroggins

Michael- David Bough

Robert- John Charlesworth

Sir Kay- David Morrell

Tristram- Derren Nesbitt

1st Thief- Frederick Treves

2nd Thief- Nigel Green

Squire- Gary Thorne

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

You can Buy the DVD here:

Sir Lancelot DVD

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