The Adventures Of Sir Lancelot: Season 1

NBC Universal Television (1956)

Adventure, Family
USA / English / 750 mins
IMDb 7.7
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Cast — View More ↓

William Russell Sir Lancelot du Lac
Cyril Smith Merlin
Ronald Leigh-Hunt King Arthur
Martin Benson
Jane Hylton
Ronald Leigh-Hunt
Bruce Seton
Cyril Smith
William Russell
Peter Bennett
David Morrell Sir Kay
Robert Scroggins
Robert Scroggins Brian
Derren Nesbitt Andred
Jane Hylton Queen Guinevere
Edward Judd Able
Frederick Treves 1st Guard
John Gale Sir Christopher
Eric Corrie Herald
Reginald Hearne Blacksmith
Douglas Argent First Knight
Nigel Green 2nd Thief
Paul Williamson Sir Lionel
Gary Thorne Guard
Bruce Seton King Arthur
Peter Bennett Leonides
George Woodbridge Leonides
Andrew Crawford Sir Gawaine

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Director
Terry Bishop
Ralph Smart
Arthur Crabtree
Bernard Knowles
Peter Maxwell
Lawrence Huntington
Anthony Squire
Writer Robert Lees, Leighton Reynolds Leslie Poynton, H.H. Burns, Peggy Phillips, Harold Kent, John Ridgely
Producer Bernard Knowles, Hannah Weinstein Sidney Cole, Dallas Bower
Photography Ernest Palmer, Ken Hodges
Musician Albert Elms, Edwin Astley

Plot

Another in the series of ITC's 'Adventures Of...' historicals. Sir Lancelot du Lac was played by William Russell, who would later star in Doctor Who as travelling companion Ian Chesterton. The series was lavishly filmed and, using background information researched at Oxford University, featured accurate 14th Century settings, even though the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table hailed from the 6th century. An Anglo-Saxon village with huts, sheep, goats and costumes transporting one into a world of pre-Norman Conquest days was constructed at Nettlefold Studios and used in most of the ITC series', beginning with The Adventures of Robin Hood. Outside location work was shot in Kent, where the company requisitioned Allington Castle, a fitting site for such activity since its long history included settlement by Ancient Britons, Romans and Saxons. Writers for the series included expatriate Amer

Episodes

Episode 1: The Knight with the Red Plume

30 min 1956-09-15
Sir Lancelot is challenged by the other knights before he can become a member of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table. He has to prove his worth and is put through a series of rigorous tests.
Director: Ralph Smart
Writer: Leighton Reynolds
Guest starring: Bruce Seton, Brian Worth, Andrew Crawford, Peter Bennett

Episode 2: Ferocious Fathers

30 min 1956-09-22
Sir Lancelot goes to the rescue of Urgan the Strong, whose castle is besieged by Sir Melius the Mighty and his two sons. Sir Lancelot drives off the invaders, and Urgan offers his daughter Igrane in marriage to the knight as a reward for his bravery.
Director: Ralph Smart

Episode 3: The Queen's Knight

30 min 1956-09-29
Queen Guinevere is kidnapped by King Arthur's cousin, Sir Mordred. He and his father, King Pell, demand King Arthur's kingdom in exchange for the queen's life.
Director: Ralph Smart

Episode 4: The Outcast

30 min 1956-10-06
When Sir Lancelot requests that his squire be trained to become a knight of the Round Table, he meets with considerable opposition.
Director: Bernard Knowles

Episode 5: Winged Victory

30 min 1956-10-13
King Arthur entrusts Sir Lancelot with a secret battle plan for Prince Boudwin. The Prince is besieged in his castle by King Mark and is badly in need of help. When Sir Lancelot and his squire Brian arrive to help they are captured and King Mark attempts to persuade them to reveal the secret information.
Director: Arthur Crabtree

Episode 6: Sir Bliant

30 min 1956-10-20
Sir Bliant's three sons decide to break the truce King Arthur arranged between their father and Sir Rolf. They carry Sir Rolf's three daughters away as hostages and the distraught father comes to King Arthur for aid.
Director: Bernard Knowles

Episode 7: The Pirates

30 min 1956-10-27
King Arthur and his men set off to capture a band of pirates, believing they are hiding out in a coastal town. Actually, the pirates are just waiting for them to leave so they can raid the castle.
Director: Bernard Knowles

Episode 8: The Magic Sword

30 min 1956-11-03
A cowardly knight wants to rescue a lady who is imprisoned by her brother. He comes to King Arthur, for advice on how to become courageous. Merlin instills confidence in the young knight by lending him Sir Lancelot's weapon and telling him it is a magic sword.
Director: Arthur Crabtree

Episode 9: Lancelot's Banishment

30 min 1956-11-10
Lancelot is banished from Camelot because King Arthur thinks he made a false claim against King Marhaus. Outside Camelot, Lancelot encounters Marhaus and discovers and evil plot.
Director: Anthony Squire

Episode 10: Roman Wall

30 min 1956-11-17
Sir Lancelot and his squire Brian go to the aid of King Boltan, who swears that ghosts have abducted his daughter.
Director: Arthur Crabtree

Episode 11: Caledon

30 min 1956-11-24
While Sir Lancelot is on a mission for King Arthur, he is robbed and his horse is killed by a group of wild warriors.
Director: Bernard Knowles

Episode 12: Theft of Excalibur

30 min 1956-12-01
On St. Stephen's Day, King Arthur and his knights traditionally change places for one day with the court squires. During the day, one of the ""squires-for-a-day"" steals the Sword of Excalibur.
Director: Bernard Knowles

Episode 13: The Black Castle

30 min 1956-12-15
A young knight's prospective father-in-law has been kidnapped and is being held prisoner. Sir Lancelot agrees to help the knight rescue the man.
Director: Bernard Knowles

Episode 14: Shepherd's War

30 min 1956-12-15
A band of renegade knights is preying on the shepherds in the area. Sir Lancelot decides to champion the shepherds' cause, and masquerades as a shepherd to teach them how to fight the knights off.
Director: Bernard Knowles

Episode 15: The Magic Book

30 min 1957-01-05
Sir Lancelot volunteers to defend an abbey and its occupants from invading Danes.
Director: Terry Bishop

Episode 16: The Ruby of Radnor

30 min 1957-01-12
As a punishment because he rebels at working with Merlin's pigeons, Squire Brian is sent on an errand to deliver a crate of pigeons to a neighboring castle. En route, he becomes involved with a gang of thieves who stole the precious Ruby of Radnor.
Director: Laurence Huntington

Episode 17: The Lesser Breed

30 min 1957-01-19
King Arthur learns that a nearby village is being terrorized by a horrible monster. Sir Lancelot is sent to investigate. He discovers that the monster is really a Viking boat, and that it's the Vikings who are doing the terrorizing.
Director: Bernard Knowles

Episode 18: Witches' Brew

30 min 1957-01-26
A woman claiming mystical powers has convinced King Bors of Sagitaw that she is working evil against him. Sir Lancelot enlists Merlin's aid against her powers.
Director: Terry Bishop

Episode 19: Sir Crustabread

30 min 1957-02-02
King Arthur gives Sir Lancelot a new name and sends him off to champion a lady who is being forced into marrying an unscrupulous man.
Director: Bernard Knowles
Writer: Leslie Poynton

Episode 20: Maid of Somerset

30 min 1957-02-09
A young girl asks Sir Lancelot's aid. An evil monarch, King Meliot, is selling the young men of the village of Cheddar into slavery.
Director: Bernard Knowles
Writer: Selwyn Jepson

Episode 21: Knight Errant

30 min 1957-02-16
After their father dies, two sisters inherit his tiny impoverished kingdom. Their guardian is eager to set up a rich marriage for the older girl, but she is not willing.
Director: Bernard Knowles
Writer: Selwyn Jepson, Peggy Philips

Episode 22: Double Identity

30 min 1957-02-23
Sir Richard of Taunton is attacked and beaten by three men and left for dead. His uncle plans to substitute his son, Richard's double, and gain control of the family estate. Lancelot is suspicious and starts investigating.
Director: Laurence Huntington
Writer: Harold Kent

Episode 23: The Lady Lilith

30 min 1957-03-02
The Lady Lilith has been running the castle of Goodhue since it was left to her by the late Sir William , when she was 14 years old. But now Sir Liones petitions for a ruling at the court of King Arthur, quoting the law that no property can be inherited by a woman - which sets King Arthur a difficult choice to make. He suggests that the best solution would be for Sir Liones to marry the Lady, but apparently that is not possible.
Director: Laurence Huntington

Episode 24: The Bridge

30 min 1957-03-09
While preparing for knighthood, Squire Brian uncovers a plot by King Marhaus. The king plans to break a treaty and take over a village.
Director: Peter Maxwell
Writer: Peter Key

Episode 25: The Ugly Duckling

30 min 1957-03-16
While on a visit to castle Lamorack, Sir Lancelot and Merlin try to help their host when he receives a note threatening his daughter's life. Merlin learns that the note is false, and written by the girl herself in a bid for attention. Later the girl disappears. Another notes arrives and this time it's genuine.
Director: George More O'Farrell
Writer: Leslie Poynton

Episode 26: Knights' Choice

30 min 1957-03-23
After the death of a knight of the Round Table, a young man enters a tournament that will decide who will fill the vacancy. But the other knights object to the young contestant because of his shabby appearance. Sir Lancelot intercedes for him.
Director: Peter Maxwell
Writer: Peggy Phillips

Episode 27: The Missing Princess

30 min 1957-03-30
When a king breaks a treaty between his country and a tribe of women, his sister is taken hostage. Sir Lancelot sets forth to rescue the princess.
Director: Desmond Davis

Episode 28: The Mortaise Fair

30 min 1957-04-06
While visiting Mortaise Castle, Queen Guinevere is presented with a priceless jewel from the Rajah of Kaipur. Shortly afterward there is a fire, and during the excitement the jewel is stolen.
Director: Laurence Huntington
Writer: Leslie Poynton

Episode 29: The Thieves

30 min 1957-04-13
King Arthur and Sir Lancelot disguise themselves as thieves in order to test the validity of a statement by Lancelot. The knight believes that the thieves of the kingdom are thieves only because they are starving.
Director: Bernard Knowles
Writer: H.H. Burns

Episode 30: The Prince of Limerick

30 min 1957-04-20
A prince in love with King Anguish's daughter Kathleen, is banished from the court because he possesses nothing but the ability to write rhymes. Sir Lancelot, hearing of the young couple's plight, travels to Anguish's court to help them.
Director: Laurence Huntington
Writer: Leslie Poynton

Editions

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011301663948 1 2008-08-19
625882925632 1 2003-01-01
617742116892 1 2006-08-29
5027626217846 2 2005-04-25