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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this.

In my opinion, you just don't get this kind of fun and adventure in TV programs of any age anymore. It's almost as if they take themselves far too seriously now when striving to make a point about something and so forth.

Still, despite the fun and adventures of Sir Lancelot and his Squire Brian, this program still managed...
Published on 20 Jan 2009 by Blindbadger

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
This is pure nostalgia to me.I couldn't wait to get home from school to watch it and I thought William Russell was so handsome.By today's standards the show is mild and innocent but it was exciting to a child of the 50's
Published on 7 Jun 2008 by Cherry Brandy


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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!!!, 20 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Adventures Of Sir Lancelot [1956] [DVD] (DVD)
I thoroughly enjoyed this.

In my opinion, you just don't get this kind of fun and adventure in TV programs of any age anymore. It's almost as if they take themselves far too seriously now when striving to make a point about something and so forth.

Still, despite the fun and adventures of Sir Lancelot and his Squire Brian, this program still managed to get over some rather pertinent points of views, especially during the episode "The Thieves" where King Arthur and Lancelot go under cover as thieves, trying to find honest work while bearing a thieves mark on their foreheads. Wonderful stuff!!

All in all, I highly recommend this not only as a piece of nostalgia for those who remember it the first time around, but most importantly as something I think would positively stimulate a childs imagination and fill it with a wonderful sense of adventure and fun.

Five stars all round from me.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and nostalgic ITC adventure series, 19 April 2011
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Colin Smith (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Adventures Of Sir Lancelot [1956] [DVD] (DVD)
Broadcast from 1956-57, this is yet another ITC swashbuckling adventure series, a relative of some other early ITC productions, such as "The Adventures Of Robin Hood" which starred Richard Greene.
Here, before his later appearance in Doctor Who, William Russell stars as Sir Lancelot, one of the famous Knights of the round table, as he and his young companion, Brian (played by Robert Scroggins) face action and adventure in a series of simple but entertaining 25 minute episodes, which were produced during a time when TV programmes were more innocent than today.

Amongst the rest of the cast, Bruce Seaton and Ronald Leigh-Hunt play King Arthur, with Cyril Smith as Merlin, Jane Hylton plays Queen Guinevere, with a number of familiar guest stars also appearing, including Robert Hardy, William Franklyn, Patrick McGoohan and Alfie Bass. For fans of other early ITC adventure series, this is yet another enjoyable and nostalgic trip down memory lane, and well worth a look.

The thirty episodes in this complete series are mostly in black and white, although ten are presented in colour. Picture quality is OK, no extras or subtitles. A brief synopsis of each episode is featured on the inside of the 3 DVD cases, which hold the four discs, and the collection is stored in a cardboard case.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia, 7 Jun 2008
This review is from: The Adventures Of Sir Lancelot [1956] [DVD] (DVD)
This is pure nostalgia to me.I couldn't wait to get home from school to watch it and I thought William Russell was so handsome.By today's standards the show is mild and innocent but it was exciting to a child of the 50's
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling adventure, much recommended, 2 Mar 2012
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If you're coming to this series from its modern equivalent 'Merlin' (2008 - ), you'll find some substantial differences, mainly in terms of television production, but, if you'll tolerate half a century of change in the way that television tells stories, you'll find something no less entertaining. Whereas the modern series gives us a young Merlin concealing his magic, 'The Adventures of Sir Lancelot' presents the opposite: an elderly Merlin widely believed to be a magician, but in fact a charming old fraud, suspected only by Sir Lancelot. Both series are somewhat formulaic, but this classic adventure goes forth with such gusto and charm that you'll hardly mind when Derren Nesbitt's character of the week, in yet another false beard, abducts a lady or tussels with our hero. This is a gentler series, though that makes it sound far less fun than it is: with 25 minute stories, this series eschews story arcs, and doesn't spend its time giving us too much death or darkness. More often than not, fights will end in the villain's surrender, though a few especially evil examples perish for their cruelty.

Classic 'Doctor Who' is the other likely source of your interest in this series. Ian Chesterton actor William Russell gives a highly enjoyable performance as Lancelot of the Lake, a good-humoured hero who finds real pleasure in his life of action. Everything you might enjoy about Ian Chesterton can be found in this performance, from his amused scepticism to his righteous anger, which he keeps more-or-less grounded; his bravery and humanity, and his enjoyment of a silly joke. If you've ever wished to see 'Marco Polo', you'll be intrigued to see Russell face off against the aforementioned Derren Nesbitt throughout the first half of the series. If you've ever wondered what Doctor Who's early historicals looked like in colour (especially The Time Meddler, The Romans and The Crusade), the second half of the series will give you a pretty good idea. This was, after all, British TV's first ever colour series.

Despite the shortness of the episodes (25 minutes apiece, and all one-parters), you'll find these to be very satisfying self-contained adventures, making good use of the palate of recurring characters (all of them welcome) and telling out stories of deceit, captures and escapes, romance, chivalry and swashbuckling.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Lancelot family show, 15 Jun 2013
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Marcia "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Adventures Of Sir Lancelot [1956] [DVD] (DVD)
This DVD set of a classic British TV series from 1957 celebrates the famous characters of legend, Sir Lancelot du Lac is the Queens Champion. He is the brave knight who defends Camelot. Also there is King Arthur and his sword Excalibur, Queen Guinevere and the Sorcerer Merlin. Lancelot has his squire young Brian that helps him in his adventures.
The series is set rather questionably in the 14th Century and although historical detail is good it is perhaps historically misplaced. However the historical setting is a good backdrop for many fun adventures aimed at a family audience. William Russell is excellent in the role and was no doubt a heart throb in the 1950s.
The stories are simple to follow but there is much to see. And the series is a bit dated in terms of production values but it is still more than entertaining and effective.
The DVD set is nicely presented. Three discs each of which are housed in its own box and then all three contained in an outer card box, There are no subtitles at all.
Some episodes are in Black and white. Some are in colour. The colour episodes were experimental. The series was one of the first British TV shows to get transmission nationally across America. Some TV companies in America experimented with colour transmissions as early as the mid 1950s and ITC attempted to produce colour episodes to sell the series to America. And although not all of the series is in colour, they are the first British colour TV episodes. The first all colour series would not happen until the mid 1960s with The Baron.
Generally this is a good old fashioned fun show from ITC. And it is great that the series is available on DVD.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the best ITC historical programmes., 16 April 2012
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This review is from: The Adventures Of Sir Lancelot [1956] [DVD] (DVD)
i love this series! it has some exciting stories, a sense of charm and humour and it also includes amongst its cast, one of my favourite actors: the one and only derren nesbitt who appears in 14 different episodes in all!
william russell has been well cast in the leading role. he has a likeable personality that is put to good use, even when tackling the villians. speaking of which, patrick mcgoohan makes for a wonderful baddie in his one and only guest appearance in the series. william russell soon sorted him out!
it is interesting to note that some of the episodes have been presented in full colour. whilst they look quite good and there's nothing wrong with them, i still prefer the original black and white look.
as with all of these early ITC programmes, there are no special features which i find to be a bit of a pity. it is only a mere quibble though.
"sir lancelot" can easily take its place amongst the likes of "robin hood" and "the buccaneers."
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4.0 out of 5 stars DVD for children, 21 Aug 2014
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Again good for children.
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