The Adventures Of Sir Lancelot  [DVD]
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All thirty episodes of the action-packed 1950s television series about the most famous and dashing of King Arthur's knights. Lancelot is first challenged to a rigorous set of tests to prove he is worthy of the Round Table, and then serves Arthur in several campaigns against pirates and renegade princes, always proving his steadfast courage and loyalty. Episodes are: 'The Knight With the Red Plume'; 'Ferocious Fathers'; 'The Queen's Knight'; 'The Outcast'; 'Winged Victory'; 'Sir Bliant'; 'The Pirates'; 'The Magic Sword'; 'Lancelot's Banishment'; 'Roman Wall'; 'Caledon'; 'Theft of Excalibur'; 'The Black Castle'; 'Shepherd's War'; 'The Magic Book'; 'The Ruby of Radnor'; 'The Lesser Breed'; 'Witches' Brew'; 'Sir Crustabread'; 'Maid of Somerset'; 'Knight Errant'; 'Double Identity'; 'The Lady Lilith'; 'The Bridge'; 'The Ugly Duckling'; 'Knights' Choice'; 'The Missing Princess'; 'The Mortaise Fair'; 'The Thieves' and 'The Prince of Limerick'.
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This set of DVD's will take me back 60years to the day's when I would rush home from school to watch the latest episode, nothing like a spot of nostalgiaPublished 16 months ago by Mr. R.S. Goulding
These story lines the acting are great considering the time it was produced, hero's from a magical time good against evil cant beat it very enjoyable for all.Published 16 months ago by Thbrookes
I was not very pleased with having to get up to change the dvd. Could it not have been put on one disk. Thank you Arnold James.Published 19 months ago by Arnold James