A three disc collection containing 26 riveting action-packed half-hour episodes from the early 1960s. Terence Morgan shows a superb range of actorly skills as the lead character Sir Francis Drake - known to the Spanish as El Draco - in action, negotiation, contemplation and more.
The stories have great variety, based as they are on history, from invasion plots and intrigue, loyalty and betrayal, ambition, piracy, greed; and they contain many fine actors and compelling performances. Jean Kent has a regular part as Queen Elizabeth, at which she is magnificent, switching her emotions in an instant to let some of her minions know she'll brook no nonsense from them. Michael Crawford is regularly seen, although gets relatively few lines at this early stage in his career. A more substantial part was given to Roger Delgado, as Mendoza, the Spanish Ambassador to England - in which he excels as the sinisterly loquacious representative of an uneasy peace between the nations. Other top character actors from the 1960s are featured in individual episodes, including Warren Mitchell, Barry Foster, Patrick Troughton, Michael Ripper, and many others.
A few of the episodes are presented with their French titles (The Queen's Pirate), but otherwise are perfectly watchable. Huge fun!