Final episode date 31 October 1992
Also known as Charring Cross
Composer(s) Carl Davis
Program creator Gil Grant
|Written by Beverly Bridges
Directed by William Dear Alister Hallum
Starring Nigel Terry Cherie Lunghi James Faulkner Jonathan Firth Glenn Quinn
Network American Broadcasting Company
Cast Glenn Quinn, Nigel Terry, Ione Skye, Cherie Lunghi, Jonathan Firth
Covington Cross is a British/American television series that was broadcast on the ABC in the United States from August 25 to October 31, 1992. The program also aired in the United Kingdom 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
Thirteen episodes were produced, but only seven aired in the US. It was a fairly expensive show to produce thanks to overseas production costs. In addition, on several occasions the shows time slot airtimes was bought by businessman Ross Perot for infomercials in an attempt to raise his poll numbers during his independent run for president. Much of the filming was done in and around castles in England. Allington Castle was used for the exterior scenes, while Penshurst Place in Kent were used for the interior scenes.
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 show was created by Gil Grant
Episodes and original air dates
- Pilot – August 25, 1992
- Armus Returns – September 19, 1992
- Outlaws – September 26, 1992
- Cedric Hits The Road – October 3, 1992
- The Hero – October 10, 1992
- Blinded Passions – October 24, 1992
- The Persecution – October 31, 1992
- Eviction – unaired
- The Trial – unaired
- The Plague – unaired
- Revenge – unaired
- Celebration – unaired
- Brothers – unaired