CTVA UK  - "Sir Lancelot"  (ITC-UK) (1956-57) starring William Russell

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The Adventures of
Sir Lancelot
(1956-57)

Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Jim Brent USA, Alan Collins, Chelmsford, Essex, UK
Alan Keeling, Warley, West Midlands, UK
Robert B Huggins, PA, USA <rbhuggins@juno.com> (#1, #17, #18, #25) / Tom Alger, USA

Dinosaur TV - Save Our Forgotten British Heritage (David Moore)
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)


b/w episodes end credit:-
A SAPPHIRE FILMS PRODUCTION FOR
THE INCORPORATED TELEVISION PROGRAMME COMPANY. 
*
colour episodes end credit:-
A WEINSTEIN PRODUCTION FOR SAPPHIRE FILMS LIMITED
/PRESENTED BY OFFICIAL FILMS FOR NBC TELEVISION.
for
ATV London [uk] Saturdays 6:00pm (1956-57)(15Sep56-13Apr57)(world premiere)
NBC [us] Mondays 8:00 pm (1956-57)(24Sep56-16Sep57)
ABC [us] Repeats Tuesdays 5:00 PM EST)(1956-57)(01Oct57-26Sep58)

Executive Producer Hannah Weinstein
Filmed at Walton Studios/Nettlefold Studios, Walton-on-Thames
Produced by Bernard Knowles, Dallas Bower, and Sydney Cole

UK Swashbuckling Adventure series
1956-57 30 episodes x 30 min (16 B-W, 14 color)
starring
William Russell
as Sir Lancelot
with
Ronald Leigh-Hunt as King Arthur #2 (majority of episodes)
Bruce Seton as King Arthur #1 (episodes 1-3)
Jane Hylton as Queen Guinevere
Cyril Smith as Merlin, the Magician
Robert Scroggins as Squire Brian
David Morell as Sir Kay

George Woodbrigge as Leonides (ep 8 verified)
Peter Bennett as Leonides (?)
Recurring Cast (as various characters):
Derry Nesbitt (later known as Derren Nesbitt)
Edward Judd
Theme Song:
"Now listen to my story, yes, listen while I sing,
Of days of old in England, when Arthur was a King.
In days of old, when knights were bold,
this story's told of Lancelot"


music by Edwin Astley

The color episodes [16-30] had a different opening and closing
title sequence.

Airdate History:
NBC [us] Mondays 8:00 pm (24Sep56 – 24Jun57)
"The Adventures of Sir Lancelot" on NBC had tough competition on rival
networks - "Make Room For Daddy" starring Danny Thomas" on ABC and
against "Burns and Allen" on CBS
NBC aired the color episodes in color during the 1956-57 prime time run.
When NBC re-ran the series in 1959 (on Tuesday afternoons), it broadcast
the color episodes in B&W.
 Network DVD   /    Review

Note:
Directors included:  Lawrence Huntington NOT Laurence Huntingdon (spelling)

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(NBC Monday 8:00 PM EST)
(ABC Repeats Tuesday 5:00 PM EST)
Episodes listed in the order broadcast on NBC

[US 01] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: KNIGHTS WITH THE RED PLUME (b-w)(verified on DVD)
a.k.a. 'Legends of The Round Tree'
15Sep56 ATV London UK, Sat
24Sep56 NBC, Mon
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Leighton Reynolds (on DVD) (NOT Leslie Poynton)
Directed by Ralph Smart
Starring:
Willliam Russel (as Sir Lancelot)
with: Jane Hylton (as Queen Guinevere)/ Bruce Seton (as King Arthur)
Cyril Smith (as Merlin)
Guest Cast:
Andrew Crawford ........ Sir Gawaine
Peter Bennett .......... Leonides
Brian Worth ............ Sir Kay
Paul Hansard ........... Sir Lionel
Edwin Richfield ........ Sir Christopher
Synopsis:
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.
Note:
William Russell’s name does not appear in the closing cast credits in
this first episode.
(US repeat - 01Oct57 on ABC, Tue 5:00pm, and 29Apr58)

[US02] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: FEROCIOUS FATHERS (b-w)
22Sep56 ATV London UK, Sat
01Oct56 NBC, Mon
Screenplay by Leighton Reynolds
Directed by Ralph Smart
Starring:
Willliam Russel (as Sir Lancelot)
with: Robert Scroggins (as Brian)
Guest Cast:
Ballard Berkeley.
Synopsis:
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.
(U.S. repeats - 8Oct57 & 6May58 on ABC, Tue 5:00pm)

[US03] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE QUEEN'S KNIGHT (b-w)
29Sep56 ATV London UK, Sat
08Oct56 NBC, Mon
written by Leslie Poynton
Directed by Ralph Smart
Starring:
Willliam Russel (as Sir Lancelot)
with: Jane Hylton (as Queen Guinevere)
No Guest Cast Details
Synopsis 1:
Sir Lancelot attempts to rescue Guinevere from imprisonment
in the castle of a warring knight. He succeeds in entering the castle,
but is captured and thrown into the dungeon.
Synopsis 2:
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.
(U.S. repeat - 15Oct57 on ABC, Tuesday at 5:00pm)

[--] 15Oct56 NBC, Mon
Pre-empted: Producers' Showcase "The Letter" by Somerset Maugham


[US04] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE OUTCAST (bw)
06Oct56 ATV London UK,Sat
22Oct56 NBC Mon
written by Leslie Poynton
directed by Bernard Knowles
Starring:
Willliam Russel (as Sir Lancelot)
Guest Cast:
Patrick McGoohan ........ Sir Glavin
When Sir Lancelot requests that his squire be trained to become a knight
of the Round Table, he meets with considerable opposition.
(US Repeats - 04Feb58 ABC, Tue 5:00pm, and 02Sep58)

[US05] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: WINGED VICTORY (bw)
13Oct56 ATV London UK, Sat
29Oc56 NBC Mon
written by John Ridgely
directed by Arthur Crabtree
Starring:
Willliam Russel (as Sir Lancelot)
with: Robert Scroggins (as Squire Brian)(recurring)
Guest Cast:
Nigel Green .............. King Mark
Douglas Argent ........... Prince Boudwin
Synopsis:
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.
(U.S. repeats - 22Oct57 ABC, Tue 5:00pm, and 20May58)

[US06] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: SIR BLIANT (b-w)
20Oct56 ATV London UK, Sat
05Nov56 NBC, Mon
written by John Ridgely
directed by Bernard Knowles
Starring:
Willliam Russel (as Sir Lancelot)
No Guest Cast Details
Synopsis: 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.
(U.S. repeats - 29Oct57 ABC, Tue 5:00pm, and 27May58)

[--] 12Nov56 NBC, Mon
Pre-empted: Producers' Showcase "Jack and the Beanstalk" with Joel Grey


[US07] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE MAGIC SWORD (b-w)
03Nov56 ATV London UK , Sat
19Nov56 NBC, Mon
Produced by Dallas Bower
Screenplay by Leighton Reynolds
Directed by Arthur Crabtree (verified)
(some sources incorrectly credit Bernard Knowles as director)
Starring:
William Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
with: Cyril Smith (as Merlin)/ Robert Scroggins (as Squire Brian)
Guest Cast:
Dan Cunningham ......... Sir Bernard
Nona Cheyney (Cheney?)........... Lydia
George Woodbrigge ...... Leonides
David Morrell .......... Sir Kay (recurring)
Douglas Argent ......... Sir Hugh
Derry Nesbitt .......... Dion
Garry Thorne ........... Guard
Frederick Treves ....... First peasant
Nigel Green ............ Second peasant
John Gale .............. First knight
Paul Williamson ........ Second knight
Michael Scott .......... Third knight
David King ............. Dramas
Synopsis 1:
Sir Bernard, a young knight, has sworn to rescue the lady
he loves, who is being held captive in her castle by four ruffians. But
although well-built, quick and strong, Bernard has a massive
inferiority complex and comes to Camelot in a somewhat vain hope
of being trained in aggressive instincts. (TV Times UK)
Synopsis 2:
Merlin instills courage and confidence in a young knight
by lending him Lancelot’s weapon and telling him it is a magic sword.
(TV Guide USA)
Synopsis 3:
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.
(US repeats - 03Jun58 on ABC, Tue 5:00pm, and 03Jun58)
(10Jun57 A-R London UK, Mon)
(26Feb61 ATV London UK, Sun (repeat)

[US08] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE ROMAN WALL (b-w)
17Nov56 ATV London UK, Sat
26Nov56 NBC, Mon
written by Harold Kent
directed by Arthur Crabtree
Starring:
Willliam Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
with: Robert Scroggins (as Squire Brian)
No Guest Cast Details
Synopsis:
Sir Lancelot and his squire Brian go to the aid of King Boltan, who
swears that ghosts have abducted his daughter.
(US Repeat on ABC-not)

[US09] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: SIR LANCELOT'S BANISHMENT (b-w)
10Nov56 ATV London UK, Sat
03Dec56 NBC, Mon
written by Peggy Philips
directed by Anthony Squire
Starring:
Willliam Russel (as Sir Lancelot)
No Guest Cast Details
Synopsis:
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.
(US Repeats on ABC 12Nov57 Tue 5:00pm, and 10Jun58)

[--] 10Dec56
Pre-empted: Producers' Showcase "Festival of Music"


[US 10] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: CALEDON (b-w)
24Nov56 ATV London UK, Sat
17Dec56 NBC, Mon
Screenplay by Leighton Reynolds
Directed by Bernard Knowles
Starring:
Willliam Russel (as Sir Lancelot)
Guest Cast:
George Murcell .......... Juggyd OR Jaggyd
Nigel Greene ............ Farmer
John Gale ............... Farmer's Son
Derry Nesbitt ........... First Warrior
Synopsis:
While Sir Lancelot is on a mission for King Arthur, he is robbed and his
horse is killed by a group of wild warriors.
(US repeats - 19Nov57 ABC, Tue 5:00pm, and 17Jun58)

[US11] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE SHEPHERD’S WAR (b-w)
15Dec56 ATV London UK, Sat
22Dec56 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
24Dec56 NBC, Mon 8:00pm (Originally scheduled for 03Dec56)
Written by Leslie Poynton
Directed by Bernard Knowles
Starring:
Willliam Russel (as Sir Lancelot)
Guest Cast:
Jennifer Jayne .......... Elsa
Derry Nesbitt ........... Chad
Synopsis #1:
As a village celebrates a forthcoming marriage, a group of knights
ride in and one them tries to molest the bride-to-be. In a struggle
her father is killed.
Synopsis #2:
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.
(UA Repeat 15Apr58 ABC)
(03Apr59 Tyne-Tees UK, Fri 5:25 pm)

[US12] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE PIRATES (bw)
27Oct56 ATV London UK, Sat
31Dec56 NBC, Mon
written by Leslie Poynton
directed by Bernard Knowles
Starring:
Willliam Russel (as Sir Lancelot)
Guest Cast:
Noel Purcell
David Morrell ........... Sir Kay (recurring)
Derry Nesbitt
Synopsis:
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.
(U.S. repeats - 26Nov57 ABC, Tue 5:00pm, and 24Jun58)

[--] 07Jan57 NBC, Mon
Pre-empted: Project 20 "Call to Freedom"


[US13] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE BLACK CASTLE (b-w)
08Dec56 ATV London UK, Sat
15Dec56 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
14Jan57 NBC, Mon       
written by Leslie Poynton
directed by Bernard Knowles
Starring:
Willliam Russel (as Sir Lancelot)
No Guest Cast Details.
Synopsis:
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.
(US Repeats - 03Dec57 ABC Tue 5:00pm, and 01Jul58)

[US14] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THEFT OF EXCALIBUR (b-w)
01Dec56 ATV London UK, Sat
08Dec56 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
21Jan57 NBC, Mon
written by H.H. Burns and Peggy Philips
directed by Bernard Knowles
Starring:
Willliam Russel (as Sir Lancelot)
No Guest Cast Details.
Synopsis:
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.
(U.S. repeat - 10Dec57 ABC, Tue 5:00pm, and 08Jul58)

[US15] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE MAGIC BOOK (b-w)
22Dec56 ATV London UK, Sat
29Dec56 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
28Jan57 NBC Mon
written by Peggy Philips
directed by Terry Bishop
Starring:
Willliam Russel (as Sir Lancelot)
No Guest Cast Details
Synopsis:
Sir Lancelot volunteers to defend an abbey and its occupants from
invading Danes.
(US Repeats - 17Dec57 ABC, Tue 5:00pm, and 15Jul58)

[--] 04Feb57 NBC, Mon
Pre-empted: Producers' Showcase "Mayerling" with Audrey Hepburn
and Mel Ferrer


[US16] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: KNIGHT ERRANT (last b-w)
02Feb57 ATV London UK, Sat
09Feb57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
11Feb57 NBC, Mon 8:00pm
written by Peggy Philips and Selwyn Jepson
directed by Bernard Knowles
Starring:
Willliam Russel (as Sir Lancelot)
with: David Morrell (as Sir Kay) /Cyril Smith (as Merlin)
Guest Cast:
Julian Somers ............ Kafan
Margaret Anderson ........ Lady Helen
Hazel Penwarden .......... Lady Bragwaine
John Gale ................ Sir Christopher
Paul Williamson .......... Sir Lionel
Derry Nesbitt ............ Sir Oringle
Synopsis:
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.
(US Repeats - 24Dec57 ABC, Tue 5:00pm, and 22Jul58)

[US17] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE LESSER BREED (1st Color)
05Jan57 ATV London UK, Sat
12Jan57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
18Feb57 NBC, Mon (broadcast in color)
29Jul57 A-R London UK, Mon
07May61 ATV London UK, Sun 4:20 pm (rpt)
Produced by Bernard Knowles
Screenplay by Peggy Phillips
Directed by Terry Bishop (verified)(NOT Bernard Knowles)
Starring:
William Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
with:
Ronald Leigh-Hunt (as King Arthur)/ Cyril Smith (as Merlin)/
Robert Scroggins (as Squire Brian)
Guest Cast:
Ann Stephens ........... Sella
Gerard Heinz ........... Eck
Fred Goddard ........... Horg
David Morell ........... Sir Kay (recurring)
Wilfred Brambell ....... Fisherman
Eric Corrie ............ Overseer
Brian Moorehead ........ Guard
Edward Judd ............ Auctioneer
Synopsis 1:
A fisherman arrives at King Arthur's court with news of a
strange terrible monster, with a dragon's head and many legs,
seen near his village. Sir Lancelot and his faithful servant,
Brian, are sent to destroy it.
Synopsis 2:
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.
(US Repeats -31Dec57 ABC, Tue 5:00pm, and 29Jul58)

[US18] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE RUBY OF RADNOR (color) (verified on DVD)
a.k.a. "Knight Must Fall"
29Dec56 ATV London UK, Sat
05Jan57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
25Feb57 NBC, Sun (broadcast in color)
Produced by Bernard Knowles
Screenplay by Hamish Hamilton Burns
Directed by Lawrence Huntington
Starring:
William Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
with:
Ronald Leigh-Hunt (as King Arthur)/ Jane Hylton (as Queen Guinevere)
Cyril Smith (as Merlin)/ Robert Scroggins (as Squire Brian)
David Morrell (as Sir Kay)
Guest Cast:
Colin Tapley ......... Everard
Edward Judd .......... Garth
Eric Corrie .......... Robert
Reginald Hearne ...... Hugo
Harold Goodwin ....... Peasant
Desmond Raynor ....... Jailer
Synopsis:
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.
(US repeat - 11Feb58 ABC, Tue 5:00pm, aired in bw, and 09Sep58)

[--] 04Mar57 NBC, Mon
Pre-empted: Producers' Showcase "Romeo and Juliet"


[US19] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: SIR CRUSTERBREAD (color)
19Jan57 ATV London UK, Sat
26Jan57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
11Mar57 NBC, Mon 7:00pm (broadcast in color)
written by Leslie Poynton
directed by Bernard Knowles
Starring:
William Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
with: David Morrell (as Sir Kay)(recurring)
Guest Cast:
Virginia Vernon ........ Lynette
Hector Ross ............ Baron Brayor
Synopsis: 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.
(US repeats - 07Jan58 ABC, Tue 5:00pm, aired in bw, and 05Aug58)

[US20] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: WITCHES BREW (color)
aka "Witch's Brew"
12Jan57 ATV London UK, Sat
19Jan57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
18Mar57 NBC, Mon    (broadcast in color)
written by Peggy Philips
directed by Terry Bishop
Starring:
William Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
Guest Cast:
Maxine Audley
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.
(US repeat - 18Feb58 ABC, Tues 5:00pm, aired in bw, and 16Sep58)

[US21] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: MAID OF SOMERSET (color)
26Jan57 ATV London UK, Sat
02Feb57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
25Mar57 NBC, Mon (broadcast in color)
written by Selwyn Jepson
directed by Bernard Knowles
Starring:
William Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
Guest Cast:
Patricia Kneale ......... Ellen
Brown Derby ............. John
Duncan Lewis ............ King Meliot
Barry Fennell ........... Richard
Edward Judd ............. James
Eddie Malin ............. Paul
Reginald Hearne ......... Chamberlain
Synopsis:
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.
(US Repeat 25Feb58 ABC Tue 5:00pm, and 23Sep58)

[--] 01Apr57 NBC
Pre-empted:
Producers' Showcase "The Great Sebastians"
with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne


[US22] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: DOUBLE IDENTITY (color)
9Feb57 ATV London UK, Sat
16Feb57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
08Apr57 NBC, Mon 8:00pm (broadcast in color)
written by Harold Kent
directed by Lawrence Huntington
Starring:
William Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
with: Robert Scroggins (as Squire Brian)
Guest cast:
Howard Pays
John Bailey
Synopsis 1:
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.
Synopsis 2:
While preparing for knighthood, Squire Brian uncovers a plot by King
Marhaus. The king plans to break a treaty and take over a village that
has earned its freedom. Squire Brian warns Sir Lancelot.
(US Repeat - 04Mar58 ABC Tue 5:00pm)

[US23] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE BRIDGE (color)
23Feb57 ATV London UK, Sat
02Mar57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
15Apr57 NBC, Mon (broadcast in color)
Produced by Bernard Knowles
Written by Peter Key
Directed by Peter Maxwell
Starring:
William Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
with: Robert Scroggins (as Squire Brian)
Guest Cast:
Zena Walker ............ Angela
Derek Aylward .......... King Marhaus
Jack May ............... Caradoc
Eric Corrie ............ Priest
Edward Judd ............ Sir Grint
Reginald Hearne ........ Sir Eustace
Max Faulkner ........... Peasant
Noel Davis ............. Traveller
Synopsis #1: Sir Lancelot again comes up against the wicked King
Marhaus, who is trying to increase his power by deceit and treachery.
He is even ready to kidnap his own sister. (TV Times UK)
Synopsis #2: While preparing for knighthood, Squire Brian uncovers a
plot by King Marhaus. The king plans to break a treaty and take over a
village. (TV Guide USA)
(U.S. repeat - 11Mar58 ABC, Tue 5:00pm, aired in bw, and 09Sep58)
(11Mar58 Granada UK)

[US24] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE LADY LILITH (color)
16Feb57 ATV London UK, Sat 6:00 pm
23Feb57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
22Apr57 NBC, Mon (broadcast in color)
Produced by Bernard Knowles
Screenplay by Leslie Poynton
Directed by Lawrence Huntingdon
Starring:
William Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
Guest Cast:
Shirley Cooklin ......... Lady Lilith
Richard Leech ........... Sir Liones
Edward Judd ............. Abel
David Morrell ........... Sir Kay (recurring)
Eric Corrie ............. Seneschal
Reginald Hearne ......... Blacksmith
Synopsis 1:
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.
Synopsis 2:
When her father dies, a young girl decides to take over the family holdings
and manage her own affairs. But her cousin does not believe she is
competent. Finally King Arthur sends Sir Lancelot to settle the quarrel.
(US Repeats - 14Jan58 ABC Tue 5:00 pm, and 12Aug58)

[--] 29Apr57 NBC, Mon
Pre-empted: Producers' Showcase "Cinderella" with Margot Fonteyn

[US 25] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE UGLY DUCKLING (color) (verified on DVD)
2Mar57 ATV London UK, Sat
9Mar57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
06May57 NBC, Mon (broadcast in color)
Produced by Bernard Knowles
Directed by George More O’Ferrall
Screenplay by Leslie Poynton
Starring:
William Russell as Sir Lancelot
With: Ronald Leigh-Hunt (as King Arthur)/ Cyril Smith (as Merlin)
Guest Cast:
Carol Marsh ............ Sybil
Jeanette Hutchinson .... Amora
Hector Ross ............ Sir Egbert
Avice Landone .......... Lady Lamorak
Ian Whitaker ........... Gault
David Morrell .......... Sir Kay
Edward Judd ............ Sir Christopher
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.
(US Repeat - 18Mar58 ABC Tue 5:00pm)

[US26] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: KNIGHT'S CHOICE (color) (verified on video)
9Mar57 ATV London UK, Sat
16Mar57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
13May57 NBC, Mon (broadcast in color)
Produced by Bernard Knowles
Screenplay by Peggy Phillips
Directed by Peter Maxwell
director of photography Ernest Palmer
regulars:
Starring:
William Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
with: Ronald Leigh-Hunt (as King Arthur)/ Cyril Smith (as Merlin)/
(Jane Hylton - not in this episode)
Guest Cast:
Alison Leggatt .......... Morgana Le Fay
Robert Hardy ............ Rupert
Derek Waring ............ Balin
David Morrell ........... Sir Kay (recurring)
Reginald Hearne ......... Sir Julian
Edward Judd ............. Sentry
Eric Corrie ............. Herold (NOT Harold)
Synopsis:
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.
(US Repeat- 25Mar58 ABC Tue 5:00pm)

[US27] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE MORTAISE AFFAIR (color)
23Mar57 ATV London UK, Sat
06Apr57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
20May57 NBC, Mon 7:00pm (broadcast in colour)
written by Leslie Poynton
directed by Lawrence Huntingdon
Starring:
William Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
with: Jane Hylton (as Queen Guinevere)/Robert Scroggins (as Squire Brian)
Guest Cast:
Martin Benson ......... Hassin
Chin Yu ............... Vuleika
William Franklin ...... Baron Mortaise
Eric Corrie ........... Osbert
Edward Judd ........... Ronk
Synopsis:
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.
(US Repeats - 21Jan58 ABC Tue 5:00pm, and 19Aug58)

[--] 27May57 NBC
Pre-empted: Producers' Showcase "Festival of Magic" with Ernie Kovaks


[US28] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE PRINCE OF LIMERICK (color)
13Apr57 ATV London UK, Sat
20Apr57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
03Jun57 NBC, Mon 7:00pm (broadcast in color)
Written by Leslie Poynton
Directed by Lawrence Huntington
Starring:
William Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
Guest Cast:
Lynne Furlong .......... Princess Kathleen
Jerome Willis .......... Prince
Tony Quinn ............. King Anguish
Synopsis: 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. (US TV Guide)
(US Repeat - 22Apr58 ABC, Tue 5:00pm)

[US29] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE MISSING PRINCESS (color)
16Mar57 ATV London UK, Sat
23Mar57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
10Jun57 NBC, Mon (broadcast in color)
produced by Bernard Knowles
Written by Leslie Poynton
Directed by Desmond Davis
Starring:
William Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
with: Ronald Leigh-Hunt (as King Arthur)
Guest Cast:
Mary Steele .............. Anne
Linda Gray ............... Marta
John Horsley ............. Athelred
Reginald Hearne .......... Evanston
Mary Manson .............. Helga
Catherine Ellison ........ First Woman
Jeannette Hutchinson ..... Second Woman
Synopsis #1: While out hunting Sir Lancelot is taken prisoner by the
most unusual captors - women!
Synopsis #2: 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.
(US repeat - 28Jan58 ABC, Tue 5:00pm, broadcast B&W, and 26Aug58)

[US30] Adventures of Sir Lancelot: THE THIEVES (color)
06Apr57 ATV London UK , Sat
13Apr57 ABC Midlands/North UK, Sat
17Jun57 NBC, Mon 7:00pm (broadcast in color)
Written by H.H. Burns
Directed by Bernard Knowles
Starring:
William Russell (as Sir Lancelot)
with: Ronald Leigh-Hunt (as King Arthur)
No Guest Cast Details
Synopsis: 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.
(US Repeat - 01Apr58 ABC, Tue 5:00pm broadcast B&W)

[--] 24Jun57 NBC, Mon rerun of "The Outcast" (from 22Oct56)
Last Show of the Series
Note: Not listed as being broadcast in "color"


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THE ADVENTURES OF SIR LANCELOT (DVD)
#01 "The Knight with the Red Plume
#17 "The Lesser Breed
#18 "The Ruby of Radnor"
#25 "The Ugly Duckling"
DVD details supplied by Robert B Huggins <rbhuggins@juno.com> (Oct 2003)

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One of several  Swashbuckling Adventure series
made by Lew Grade's ITC around this time.
Others included:-
The Adventures of Robin Hood (Richard Greene) 143 episodes 1955-60
The Count of Monte Cristo (George Dolenz) 39 episodes 1955
The Buccaneers (Robert Shaw as Capt. Dan Tempest) 39 episodes 1956-57
Sword of Freedom (Edmund Purdom) 39 episodes 1957
The Adventures of William Tell (Conrad Phillips) 39 episodes 1957
Sir Francis Drake (Terence Morgan) 26 episodes 1962

Other companies produced :-
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Marius Goring) 18 episodes 1954
The Adventures of Long John Silver (Robert Newton) 26 episodes 1955
Ivanhoe (Roger Moore) 39 episodes 1958
Richard The Lionheart (Dermot Walsh) 39 episodes 1962
The Gay Cavalier (Christian Marquand) 13 episodes 1956

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