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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 13: The Friar’s Pilgrimage

There is only one jar of honey left in the camp and with winter coming the outlaws will need to learn beekeeping. Friar Tuck is making a pilgrimage to Canterbury but Canterbury is in Kent a place known for its honey so Robin decides to join him. On the way reaches a town where a witch hunt is on. Robins interference creates an even greater sticky situation than running out of honey.  With some witchery Robin can finally get back to the sherwood forest where he can only worry about getting honey.

Personal Synopsis

A lack of honey and a friars pilgrimage creates the motivations within this episode.  They both come across a village in distress to find a one Count Deprez on a witchhunt. However this witchhunt is merely a part of a power struggle between Lady Margaret and Deprez. Robin is now victim to this and is placed behind steel bars in the jail but for how long. Not the most elegant of episodes as the story somehow became too complicated and the performances show some drag amongst the actors.

Original Air-Date: December 24th 1956

Directed by Arthur Crabtree

Written by Peter Key

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Little John- Archie Duncan

Friar Tuck- Alexander Gauge

Lady Margaret- Greta Gynt

Alice- Maureen Davis

Count Deprez- Paul Eddington

Edward- Shaun O’Riordan

Blacksmith- Dervis Ward

Constable- Patrick Troughton

1st. Soldier- Peter Retey

2nd. Soldier- Mark Hashfield

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 1 Episode 15: The Alchemist

The Outlaws steal a shipment of gold in Sherwood Forest. This haul will be great for the Outlaws and the local villagers, however Rolf, one of the Outlaws, holds back a plate of gold for his own mother as she is saving to leave the shire. During their meeting to exchange the plate, bystanders see a glimpse of the figure that gives this gold to the villager. This glimpse gave the impression that the gold was handed over by none other than the devil himself or at least a demon. The Sheriff caught wind of this witch story and the stolen gold so he excited the villagers into a frenzy over this evilness. Robin, Rolf and the rest of the Outlaws must now try to calm down these rumors by playing the same game before the witch is burned at the stake.

Personal Synopsis

A great episode in this first season. The temptation of an outlaw to help his own mother must have great. When he does, he unintentionally causes trouble within his mothers village and within the outlaws. Robin and his crew will need to stop the hyped up villagers from killing an innocent woman whom simply wanted to save herself and her son. This touching story proves to be one of the better written stories of this season.

Original Air-Date:  2 January 1956

Directed by Ralph Smart

Written by Eric Heath 

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Little John- Rufus Cruikshank

Friar Tuck- Alexander Gauge

The Earl- Anthony Sharp

The Countess- Harriette Johns

Etheldreda- Dorothy Blythe

Millicent- Joyce Blair

Rolf- Charles Stapley

Courier/Soldier- Paul Connell

Bailiff- John Dearth

Villager- Willoughby Gray

Villager- Arthur Skinner

Captain- Gabriel Toyne

Albert- Victor Woolf

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Strange Report Episode 10: Report 8944: Hand – A Matter of Witchcraft

Hand Title Shot

Strange is called in for a “strange” murder. A young girl is found dead with a symbol written on the wall above her body. The story calls for recognition of witches and rituals that can cost lives. Research is causing Strange to worry that this death will not be the last, in fact two others are required for the ritual. Strange asks Evelyn to join the company that the dead woman was working with at the time of her death. After another death, a known witch aficionado, it became clear that the suspicions were going in the right direction. An incident that happened 30 years before is very similar to the current case and there is a suspicious connection with someone at the art studio where Evelyn works now. Evelyn is in trouble so there is no time to lose.

Personal Synopsis

An episode of murder, ritual and witchery. It is interesting to note that witches being used as the villains will always reduce the story’s credibility but it is fun to imagine the complex nature of the supernatural.  I wasn’t as fond of this episode as I hoped but the story was strong did draw my interest. The acting from the supporting cast was above par and I was surprised by the cinematography display the spooky effects during the story.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 30 November 1969

Directed by Peter Duffell

Written by Edward DeBlasio

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Miss Dalton- Renée Asherson

Inspector Graves- Keith Barron

Edna Nightingale- Rosalind Atkinson

Joanna- Cecilia Darby

Mrs. Brearley- Helen Lindsay

Brinkley- Alfred Bell

Professor Marks- Charles Lloyd Pack

Dean- Carleton Hobbs

Labratory Assistant- Richard Coe

Police Sergeant- Peter Welch

Russian Woman- Malya Woolf

Birthday Girl Victim- Maxine Casson

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot Episode 18: Witches Brew

Witches Brew Title Shot

King Rolf has put his son away in Prison, this being out of character, Lancelot is worried. There is a woman, named Eunice, in the castle that seems to have her way with the king including putting his son into prison for treason. The king has also put up arms preparing for war when there is no reason to expect an attack. It is becoming more and more obvious that Eunice has a spell on the King and is manipulating him. Merlin has a plan to trick Eunice into telling the truth of her deception. After all the fun and games, the truth shows an attempt on taking over King Rolfs kingdom.

Personal Synopsis

I do like this episode maybe because of the cheap “magic tricks” and hypnosis used as powerful tools. Maxine Audley plays Eunice and does a good job at being a no good witch as does Leonard Sachs plays the dumbfounded king. The humour is very simple and certainly an episode for the kids but at heart I enjoyed the fun and games of this show.

Starring

Original Air-date: 18 March 1957

Directed by Terry Bishop

Written by Peggy Phillips

Sir Lancelot du Lac- William Russell

King Arthur- Ronald Leigh-Hunt

Brian- Robert Scroggins

Merlin- Cyril Smith

Eunice- Maxine Audley

King Rolf- Leonard Sachs

Damien- Graham Stewart

Hendrick- Reginald Hearne

Alan- Brian Roper

Soldier- Edward Judd

Jailer- Eric Corrie

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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