The Adventures of Sir Prancelot

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The Adventures of Sir Prancelot
Created by John Ryan
Narrated by Peter Hawkins
Country of origin UK
No. of episodes 31
Production
Running time 5 minutes per episode
Release
Original network BBC
Original release 1972

The Adventures of Sir Prancelot was a children's animated television programme written and produced by John Ryan for the John Ryan Studios company. It followed the adventures of Sir Prancelot, an eccentric inventor-knight who heads for the Crusades in the Holy Land. It was first transmitted on BBC 1 on Thursday, 13 January 1972.

Plot[edit]

To escape both his bank manager and his overbearing wife Lady Histeria, Prancelot decides to join the crusades. He is dismayed when he learns that Histeria intends to accompany him and eventually the entire household - including the children Sim and Sue, the miserly majordomo Girth, a cockney minstrel (who is also the show's narrator) and several serfs - set sail for adventure. They repeatedly fall foul of the dastardly Count Otto "The Blot" but always escape by some contrivance of Sir Prancelot himself. After many unlikely adventures they arrive in the Holy Land to discover they are 50 years too late. After a final showdown with Count Otto they return to England in a rocket ship also invented by Sir Prancelot.

Background[edit]

The Sir Prancelot animation came from the same stable as Captain Pugwash and was in a similar style.

Narration[edit]

All voices were performed by Peter Hawkins. The story featured the narration of The Minstrel character, whose Cockney accent was rather reminiscent of Michael Caine. The music was composed by Alan Parker.

Characters[edit]

  • Sir Prancelot, an inventor-knight and would-be Crusader
  • Lady Histeria, Prancelot's wife
  • Sim and Sue, their children
  • Master Girth, the castle majordomo who administers the accounts
  • The Minstrel, a cockney lute-player who also serves as the show's narrator
  • Bert and Harry, the serfs (there were several other serfs who were never named)
  • Pig William, Lady Histeria's pet pig (who she frequently refers to as Pigwig)
  • Count Otto, the show's main antagonist, sworn enemy of Sir Prancelot
  • Duke Uglio, a greedy and bad-tempered Italian aristocrat

Episodes[edit]

  • Crumblecreek Crusade
  • The Lady Hysteria
  • A Few Items of Baggage
  • A Weighty Problem
  • On the Rocks
  • Count Otto
  • Thunderstruck
  • Landfall
  • Kidnapped
  • Hostile Enemy Intentions
  • The Haunted Watch-tower
  • The Flight
  • Flying Crusade
  • Duke Uglio
  • An Ugly Affair
  • Behind the Times
  • Not Cricket
  • Balloon Blitz
  • Ships of the Desert
  • A Nice Cup of tea
  • Common Marker
  • Flying Carpet
  • Open Sesame
  • High Treason
  • Homeward Bound
  • Hurry to the Rescue
  • Gold for Otto
  • Mystery in the Tower
  • Blast Off
  • Splash Down
  • Command Performance

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