The Adventures of Sir Lancelot
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The British television series The Adventures of Sir Lancelot brings the legend of King Arthur and his Round Table to life in these lavish and detailed television productions by the renowned ITV network. Many of Britain's finest actors of the time took part in the series. William Russell played Lancelot, both Bruce Seton and Ronald Leigh-Hunt played King Arthur, Guinevere by Jane Hylton and Merlin the Sorcerer by Cyril Smith. The supporting cast was equally strong, too, including a very young Patrick McGoohan cast in a small role. The producers took great care to be historically accurate in re-creating the Arthur legend, using background material researched at Oxford University. To re-create 14th Century Britain, an entire pre-Norman Conquest village, complete with sheep and goats, was constructed at the huge Nettlefold Studio sound stages in Walton-on-Thames. Allington Castle in rural Kent, home to Ancient Britons, Romans and Saxons, was used for location shooting, lending grand visuals to the re-created court of King Arthur. TMG brings you the complete Adventures of Sir Lancelot, all thirty episodes in this 3-DVD boxed set. They are your passport to the lost world of Sir Lancelot, Guinevere and King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, a world of mystery and magic, chivalry and honor.
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I don't actually remember this show at all and so I am hooked. Like The Adventures of Robin Hood, it is a good companion set to that and a great fill in for half an hour (each episode).
Great memories and simple pleasures of the past. Well worth the look for classic tv fans!!!
While it's definitely interesting to watch William Russell in a different role, I fear that the series has little else going for it. The acting is about as wooden as the practice swords that the knights use while sparring. The actors seem to do their best, (many of the actors, including Russell, have proved themselves able to do far better in other programs) but there is little they can do with the painfully bad dialogue and silly story lines. Robert Scroggins, as Lancelot's young squire Brian, does about the best job -- maybe he was too young to be embarrassed by it all. The fight scenes are lumbering, and the nature of the story lines means that every episode has at least one fight scene.
Having said all that, it does manage to be fairly entertaining, and it's quite inexpensive for a 3 disc set. So if you are a fan of classic Dr. Who, or 1950's television, it's worth picking up.
The DVDs are of reasonably good quality, though there no extras of any kind.