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5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Francis Drake: The Complete Series.
A formative part of my childhood memories; this splendid series inspired some unforgettable playground adventures in those halcyon days, some fifty years ago.

Made as children's entertainment in 1961; this 3DVD, 650min, B+W series demonstrates how at that time, TV programmes attempted to educate and inform; as well as entertain. Loosely based on the exploits of...
Published on 10 Mar. 2010 by C. W. Bradbury

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3.0 out of 5 stars poor production values and a charisma-free lead.
"sir francis drake" is a passable series but as far as other historical ITC programmes are concerned, it is certainly not a classic by any stretch of the imagination.
terence morgan has none of the charisma that is required for an adventure story like this one. his acting isn't exactly brilliant either. luckily for the fans, the usual gallery of fine supporting...
Published on 16 April 2012 by jeremiah harbottle


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Francis Drake: The Complete Series., 10 Mar. 2010
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C. W. Bradbury (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sir Francis Drake: The Complete Series [DVD] [1961] (DVD)
A formative part of my childhood memories; this splendid series inspired some unforgettable playground adventures in those halcyon days, some fifty years ago.

Made as children's entertainment in 1961; this 3DVD, 650min, B+W series demonstrates how at that time, TV programmes attempted to educate and inform; as well as entertain. Loosely based on the exploits of the heroic Elizabethan buccaneer Sir Francis Drake; the twenty six episodes include several that very closely depict genuine historical incidents, from that tempestuous era in English history. The programmes are simple to follow, but just as enjoyable as I remembered them to be. The acting and diction is virtually classical, the swordplay impressive, while the actor/characters certainly provided my schoolfriends and I with some excellent role models. Jean Kent is the ideal 'Good Queen Bess', while Sir Francis(Terence Morgan) and his square-jawed crew are as impressive a bunch of swash-buckling heros as England ever produced. In common with many programmes of this era, the sub-plots include encouragement to decent/honourable behaviour, with treachery/stupidity and lying being largely confined to the villianous Duke of Cordova, convincingly played by Clive Morton.

The individual episodes are listed below:-

Disc 1.
The Prisoner.
The Lost Colony of Virginia.
Queen of Scots.
Doctor Dee.
Bold Enterprise.
The English Dragon.
Boy Jack.
The Garrison.
Visit to Spain.

Disc 2.
The Flame Thrower.
The Governor's Revenge.
Slaves of Spain.
The Doughty Plot.
King of America.
The Irish Pirate.
Beggars of the Sea.
Drake on Trial.
The Bridge.

Johnnie Factorum.
Mission to Paris.
The Reluctant Duchess.
The Gypsies.
Court Intrigue.
Gentleman of Spain.
The Fountain of Youth.
Escape.

To conclude this review, I would recommend this series unreservedly; as both wholesome entertainment and a good introduction to Elizabethan history for children. My grandsons absolutely loved it!!!!Sir Francis Drake: The Complete Series (repackaged) [DVD] [1961]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Derring do on the high seas, 16 Jun. 2011
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Keith Robson (Monkeyland) - See all my reviews
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This is a surprisingly well-produced and spirited ITC series, made with the resources of Elstree Studios. The picture quality is excellent (as we have come to expect from Network) though some of the opening and closing credits are in French, possibly because these were the best prints that could be sourced.
Terence Morgan is an upstandingly Brylcreemed Drake, Jean Kent is a spiky Elizabeth1 and a pre-Dr.Who Roger Delgado is a suitably saturnine and scheming villain. There's plenty of swashbuckling action and a fine roster of well-known British actors including a memorable turn from Raymond Huntley as `Dr Dee'. A young Michael Crawford is a regular playing one of Drake's crew, though he isn't given much to do. Some of the directors who cut their teeth here progressed to greater heights, notably James Clavell and David Greene who both cracked Hollywood. There's some nicely shot location footage of the Golden Hind at sea but also lots of obvious studio `exteriors'. Overall though, the sets are very good making the best of a low budget, and the whole series has a well researched period atmosphere with mostly intelligent scripts (there are a couple of clunkers) but the DVD is well worth the money if you are nostalgic for a more innocent era and enjoy spotting familiar faces in early roles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another swashbuckling ITC TV series, 16 April 2011
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This review is from: Sir Francis Drake: The Complete Series [DVD] [1961] (DVD)
Broadcast from 1961-62, and originally aimed at a young audience, this is yet another swashbuckling ITC adventure series, a relative of that other early ITC series "The Buccaneers".
Here, Terence Morgan plays the famous historical seafarer, many of the episodes revolve around Drake's defence of the crown and Queen Elizabeth 1st, (played by Jean Kent) against the Spanish, aboard his ship "The Golden Hind".

There's a number of familiar faces amongst the cast and guest stars, including Roger Delgado, Barry Morse, and a young Michael Crawford. Anyone familiar with other early ITC swashbuckling/adventure series will have a fair idea of what to expect here, another entertaining collection of short and simple 25-minute stories, a nostalgic trip down memory lane for anyone old enough to remember it the first time around.

This complete series of twenty-six black and white episodes feature good picture and sound quality. No extras or subtitles. A brief synopsis of each episode is featured on the inside of the single-size DVD case, which holds the 3 discs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully evocative drama, 8 Jan. 2014
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling at its British Best, 4 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Sir Francis Drake: The Complete Series [DVD] [1961] (DVD)
I bought this box set a while ago and have only recently got round to watching it. (I've finished discs 1 & 2 and I'm looking forward to watching disc 3).

I can remember watching this series back in the early 60s, and I must say it has stood the test of time. The acting is, on the whole very convincing. Terence Morgan - chosen perhaps for his passing resemblance to Errol Flynn - is to my mind the ideal Drake. He is surrounded by a very impressive cast including the late Jean Kent, who died only recently, who plays a very regal and feisty Queen Elizabeth I and, in my opinion, steals every episode. Roger Delgado is superb as the Spanish Villain Mendoza.

My only criticism, and it is a very small one, is that some of the outdoor shots, particularly those showing Drake and his men coming ashore at night, are a bit muddy. But they are very brief and do not detract from the action.

All in all this set is excellent value for money and I would recommend it to anyone wishing to view the best in adventure programmes of the early years of British TV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Adventures of Francis Drake., 10 Feb. 2013
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Terence Morgan, very often played a villain in movies but here he took on a very different character. He portrayed Drake, as a hero, a moralistic, courage and decent man. Morgan was excellent as Sir Francis. Stories good and well acted. A lot of real characters from history were introduced in many of the stories,. I particularly liked the episode 'Visit to Spain' (don't ask me why) Was shown as a 'taster' on Youtube.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Set Sail for the Seven Seas., 17 Jun. 2014
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This series revolves around the Elizabethan era of British history. Though some of the characters are real historic people the tales
that involves them are, I suspect, historic fiction. Never the less great entertainment value.What is a pity is they are not in colour as a custome drama such as this deserves to be.
If you buy this box set you will be totally happy and feel you have spent your money wisely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars francis drake tv series, 1 Jan. 2014
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good quality set of dvds well worth the money if you like old fashion tv series, acting is good plots are simple to follow being originally made for childrens television, nevertheless a good buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present, 15 Feb. 2014
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Brought these for my husband who loves all the old tv series from old, he was only a lad when these came out the first time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Dec. 2014
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This DVD not suitable to play in Australian DVP player. Does not match our system.
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