An important visitor is awaiting in a deserted castle for Robin’s arrival. There is an alliance in the works between Prince John and the French that could seriously hurt King Richard the Lion heart. Robin has been instructed by this visitor to thwart their plans and save King Richard. Once the Sheriff catches on to the trick laid out by Robin and his crew, the danger mounts but not until Robin has received important news regarding King Richard….and he has a playing card.
A classic masquerade episode, Robin must stop the alliance between King Phillip of France and Prince John before they hatch there plans against King Richard. The outlaws trick has gotten the intentions of the court of King Phillip to come out in the open and now to handle the Sheriff. One of the better episodes, featuring Jill Esmond as Queen Eleanor.
A young man is taken by soldiers to become a soldier himself for Count de Waldern. His grandmother beseeches Maid Marian to help her get back her grandson. Maid Marian visit the Count to plead for the return of this young man, but the Count would only oblige if she would agree to having a dinner with him. Count de Waldern has been taken young men around the area for some time now so there must be a reason. If these young men are to be soldier then they must need armour, so off to the armoury Robin goes. The Armoury is working full tilt for the Count de Waldern for his domestic soldiers but for what purpose. Is it for the crusades or a revolt?
Checkmate is an episode where we see internal strife building within England. Maid Marian is sent to the Count to help a villager of her township. The Count is a smooth cat using the boy as ransom for the attendance of Maid Marian to dinner. This crafty ploy to get a beautiful woman to come to dinner works but not after Maid Marian devises her own plan against the Count. Paired with the Outlaws, they play a chess game against a man looking for a damsels hand and the armouries weapons and shields. His aspirations will have to wait as the Outlaws squash his plans.
Queen Eleanor is going around England getting funds to help the Crusades and King Richard the Lionheart. Prince John supporters wish to stop her from this fundraising effort so the Sheriff gets to work. His contribution to the Queen was only a rouse to get information on the sum of her fundraiser. Maid Marian calls for Robin to meet the Queen who tells Robin of the Sheriffs plan to alter the course she will take to escort the money to Richard. It is Robins responsibility to make sure the Sheriffs does not take away the money from the Queen but the Sheriff has a trick under his sleeve. Do not do what the enemy expects you to do is the mantra and the money must get to Richard the Lionheart.
Queen Eleanor is here in England seeking money to help the crusades and get King Richard back to England for good. A valiant effort that Robin Hood and the Outlaws would definitely go along with. Of course the Sheriff wants the opposite and will attempt to foil the plans of Queen Eleanor. The Outlaws always seem to know when there is a trap and act accordingly. This episode is further developing the scope of reasons why Robin Hood and the Outlaws are so important for England.
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.
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.
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.