Covington Cross

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Covington Cross
Covington Cross Title Screen.jpg
Title screenshot of Covington Cross.
Also known as Charring Cross
Genre Adventure
Written by Beverly Bridges
Chris Ruppenthal
Directed by William Dear
Alister Hallum
Starring Nigel Terry
Cherie Lunghi
James Faulkner
Jonathan Firth
Glenn Quinn
Composer(s) Carl Davis
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (7 aired, 6 unaired)
Location(s) Allington Castle, Maidstone, Kent, England
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Thames Television
Original network ABC
Original release 25 August 1992 – 31 October 1992

Covington Cross is a British/American television series that was broadcast on the ABC in the United States (US) from August 25 to October 31, 1992. The program also aired in the United Kingdom (UK) and was scheduled to be broadcast in France. The series was filmed and produced in the UK, by a British production company, but it was ultimately accountable to an American network.


Set in 14th century England, the series follows the daily intrigues of Sir Thomas Grey, a widower, and his sons and daughter. Covington Cross is the name of Sir Thomas' castle. His children are eldest son, Armus; the serious Richard; free spirited Cedric; and strong-willed daughter, Eleanor. Another son, William, appeared in the pilot episode, but was then directed by the program's writers to fight in the Crusades. Also featuring in Sir Thomas's life is his love interest, Lady Elizabeth.

Run and cancellation[edit]

Thirteen episodes were produced, but only seven aired in the US. It was a fairly expensive show to produce thanks to overseas production costs. Much of the filming was done in and around castles in England. Allington Castle was used for the exterior scenes, while Covington Cross and Penshurst Place in Kent were used for the interior scenes.[1]

The village set was filmed at Shepperton Studios, and it was later reused in the 6th season of British TV series Red Dwarf as the Gelf village in the episode "Emohawk: Polymorph II".

The Great Hall at Penshurst Place, c. 1915



The show was created by Gil Grant

Episodes and original air dates[edit]

  1. Pilot – August 25, 1992
  2. Armus Returns – September 19, 1992
  3. Outlaws – September 26, 1992
  4. Cedric Hits The Road – October 3, 1992
  5. The Hero – October 10, 1992
  6. Blinded Passions – October 24, 1992
  7. The Persecution – October 31, 1992
  8. Eviction – unaired
  9. The Trial – unaired
  10. The Plague – unaired
  11. Revenge – unaired
  12. Celebration – unaired
  13. Brothers – unaired


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