The Adventures of Sir Lancelot

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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot
A castle gateway behind the series titles
Titlecard from the colour episodes
Created by Leslie Pointon (Head writer)
Based on traditional legends
Starring William Russell
Opening theme Edwin Astley
Ending theme Alan Lomax[1]
Composer(s) Edwin Astley
Albert Elms
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 30
Executive producer(s) Hannah Weinstein
Producer(s) Sidney Cole
Dallas Bower
Bernard Knowles
Running time 25mins
Production company(s) Sapphire Films
Distributor ITP Co Ltd
Original network ITV
Picture format Film 35mm 4:3
16 Black and white
14 Colour
Audio format Mono
Original release 15 September 1956 – 20 April 1957

The Adventures of Sir Lancelot is a British television series first broadcast in 1956, produced by Sapphire Films for ITC Entertainment and screened on the ITV network. The series starred William Russell as the eponymous Sir Lancelot, a Knight of the Round Table in the time of King Arthur at Camelot.

It is one of the very few British television series ever to have been screened on one of the major broadcast networks in the US (as opposed to on PBS or cable television stations). Its success on NBC led to it becoming the first British television series ever to be produced in colour, the last fourteen of the thirty half-hour episodes being shot on colour stock, although they were seen in colour only in the US.

As was common with other British television series of the time, the programme employed several American screenwriters who had moved to Britain after being placed on the Hollywood blacklist, often under pseudonyms. These included Ian McLellan Hunter and Ring Lardner Jr. The series was made at Nettlefold Studios in Walton-on-Thames.

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Broadcast history[edit]

The series debuted in the UK on Saturday 15 September 1956, on London weekend ITV franchise holder ATV, and on the NBC network in the United States nine days later. The last episode was shown on 20 April 1957 in the UK and 16 September 1957 on NBC. It later transferred networks in the US to ABC, who repeated the episodes from October 1957 to September 1958.


The complete series of 30 episodes was released as a DVD boxed set in the UK by Network DVD in 2004. Of the 14 episodes made in colour, only 12 are presented in colour due to financial reasons. The other two colour episodes ('The Ugly Duckling' and 'The Missing Princess') are taken from black and white prints. In the US, the series was released as a DVD boxed set on 19 August 2008 by The Timeless Media Group with 14 episodes presented in colour, taken from US public domain prints.


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Volume 1). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3305-6.

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