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Derring do on the high seas,
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This review is from: Sir Francis Drake: The Complete Series [DVD]  (DVD)
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.