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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot : Conclusion

The Adventures of Sir Lancelot

This post concludes the series of The Adventures of Sir Lancelot. The gallant Sir Lancelot played by William Russell, fights and charms his way through this series winning the hearts of many women and lending out bruises to the medieval brutes. Sapphire Films produced this series for ITC Entertainment along with some other ITC shows that will be included in this blog such as The Adventures of Robin Hood and a favourite The Buccaneers. There is a rumour that founder Hannah Weinstein received funds from the Communist Party in Hollywood and ultimately became blacklisted during the awful McCarthy era witchhunts. Being the strong woman she was known to be, she opposed the McCarthy hunts by moving to the UK and enlisting many other persecuted writers and producers in the shows that she produced for Sapphire Films. I can only commend her if only for her producing shows like this one let alone her being one of  the rare women in amongst a very heavy male media industry.

As far as the show, I was not personally excited about this addition to the blog simply because the shows production was obviously geared to the starry eyed young boys glimpsing into the world of knights and princesses. At times I can see the cheesy nature to the settings but kept an open mind by nearly channelling my 8 year old self. The gems to me in this series are the character actors like Derren Nesbitt whom played small roles in 14 of the 30 episodes and Nigel Green who usually played “bad guys”. The shows lead actor William Russell, known more for his role of Ian Chesterson on Dr Who, did not strike me as a Sir Lancelot but redeemed himself by showing a decent skill of sword fighting and matched with his clean good guy looks was likely the best person available for the role.  Someone whom was watching an episode with me mentioned that its likely a show the young Monty Pythons would have watched on TV and served as a guide to there eventual medieval themed comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

 

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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot Episode 30: The Prince of Limerick

The Prince of Limerick Title Shot

Lancelot and Brian head off to Ireland to compete in a tournament representing King Arthur. On the way, they come across a rhyming bandit or so they think. His story is not the standard having been banned by the kingdom due to his explicit and confronting lyrics. His enemies want nothing more than for him to be killed, but the princess has fallen deep in love with him and his sweet poetry. Lancelot sees to it to bring back together a couple that obviously loves each other. But there are of course obstacles.

Personal Synopsis

The last episode in this 1 season series and instead of going out with a bang or shall we say a clang as in swords, get it, this episode is a safe love story that has been told time and time again. This story is a sweet story of love and does have some surprising twists. However this episode is not the strongest by far and lacks any real push. Princess Kathleen played by Lynn Furlong does a masterful job keeping me interested.

Starring

Original Air-date: 3 June 1957

Directed by Lawrence Huntington

Written by Leslie Poynton

Sir Lancelot du Lac- William Russell

Brian- Robert Scroggins

Prince of Limerick- Jerome Willis

Baron Wicklaw- Tommy Duggan

Princess Kathleen- Lynn Furlong

King Anguish- Tony Quinn

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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot Episode 29: The Thieves

The Thieves Title Shot

A thief is captured for stealing bread but appeals to Lancelot to consider his plight especially with the mark of a thief on his forehead. Sir Lancelot considers the thief’s words and speaks to the court about easing off the thieves. King Arthur and Sir Lancelot wager that they either could not live the life of a thief. As thieves, King Arthur and Sir Lancelot finally find out what it feels like to be a thief in Camelot.

Personal Synopsis

This episode is a touching story of trying to make the elites realise the life of a beggar and thief. Sometimes in life the rich need to actually see what it is like to be on the other side. This is a well drawn out story and is in the list of good episodes in this series.

Starring

Original Air-date: 17 June 1957

Directed by Bernard Knowles

Written by H.H. Burns

Sir Lancelot du Lac- William Russell

King Arthur- Ronald Leigh-Hunt

Merlin- Cyril Smith

Sir Kay- David Morrell

Norrin- Jack Melford

Lord Vanton- Colin Tapley

Happy Thief- Peter Assinder

Wooden Leg- Sidney Head

King’s Man- Edward Judd

Piggott- John Dearth

Woman- Anarose Carrigan

Bartender- Noel Davis

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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot Episode 28: The Mortaise Fair

A fair is being held in Camelot so their are many traders from distant lands to sell their goods. Queen Guinevere officially starts the fair but an accident occurred and in the melee the Queen’s emerald was stolen. The soldiers arrest one of the traders for the theft but Lancelot does not believe all the truths are told. Sir Lancelot devises a plan to get the thief out in the open but the thief may be closer than they think.

Personal Synopsis

By far the most International of the episodes, albeit the various foreigners are still being played by Englishmen. I do love the costumes on the cast and this being a colour episode really emphasizes the quality of the costumes. This episode strangely shows  the racism being experienced throughout the world at the time, towards people of colour. I did enjoy this episode for its pageantry.

Starring

Original Air-date: 20 May 1957

Directed by Lawrence Huntington

Written by Leslie Poynton

Sir Lancelot du Lac- William Russell

Brian- Robert Scroggins

Queen Guinevere- Jane Hylton

Hassim- Martin Benson

Zuleika- Chin Yu

Baron Mortaise- William Franklyn

Osbert- Eric Corrie

Ronk- Edward Judd

Man-at-Arms- Terry Yorke

Merchant- Robert Robinson

Rajah- Reginald Hearne

Chinese Dice Player- Paul Way

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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot Episode 27: The Missing Princess

The Missing Princess Title Shot

Lancelot has come across a village of women and is captured as a prisoner. In the cell, he is put in with Princess Anne. The women of the village are planning on burning Princess Anne at the stake unless her and her father address his sins of murder. Althered is a tough and greedy king whom has treated the villagers horribly. The princess is in real danger since Althered will not speak or deal with the villagers. Things get out of hand and the princess may be burned at the stake.

Personal Synopsis

An episode with women taking over a village while the men are out away. Lancelot is stuck in a conundrum when a princess of a neighbouring castle tries to manipulate her father. This episode is fun but lacking real danger and adventure. The story is interesting in that the princess was in on the villagers effort to scare the King into leaving the villagers alone. A nice twist to the story.

Starring

Original Air-date: 10 June 1957

Directed by Desmond Davis

Written by Leslie Poynton

Sir Lancelot du Lac- William Russell

King Arthur- Ronald Leigh-Hunt

Princess Anne- Mary Steele

Marta- Linda Gray

Athelred- John Horsley

Branston- Reginald Hearne

Helga- Mary Manson

1st Woman- Catherine Ellison

2nd Woman- Jeanette Hutchinson

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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