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Richard the Lionheart (TV series)

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5.6/10 TV

First episode date  4 June 1962
Number of episodes  39
Language  English
8.4/10 IMDb

Directed by  Ernest Morris
Number of seasons  1
Director  Ernest Morris
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Also known as  Riccardo Cuor di Leone (Italy) Richard Löwenherz (West Germany)
Written by  Stanley Miller Paul Tabori David Nicholl Mark Grantham
Starring  Dermot Walsh Robin Hunter Alan Haywood Iain Gregory Sheila Whittingham Trader Faulkner
Opening theme  "Richard the Lionheart"
Ending theme  "Richard the Lionheart"
Genres  History, Adventure Film, Adventure, Family film, Action fiction
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Richard the Lionheart was a British ITV television series which ran during 1962 and 1963, and was aimed at a younger audience.

It began with the death of King Henry II, and put forward the traditional view of King Richard the Lionheart as a hero, and his brother Prince John (played by Trader Faulkner) as the villain.

Richard was played by Irish actor Dermot Walsh who said, "he was not always all one would like to see as a man. We have concentrated on his good side." Richard was perhaps a product of his time. A man brimful of contradictions. A brilliant general, but a poor ruler. A sensitive poet and singer.

The producers claimed that the series was based on fact as far as possible; though as little was known of Richard's personal life, "we have taken some liberties here and there," so said associate producer Brian Taylor in a TV Times article indicating the start of the series.

Other regular characters in the series included Sir Gilbert (Robin Hunter), Sir Geoffrey (Alan Haywood), Blondel (Iain Gregory), Leopold of Austria (Francis de Wolff) and Queen Berengaria (Sheila Whittingham).

According to BFI Screenonline "despite the treadmill efforts of the production... this routine swashbuckler, presenting an atmosphere of knightly conduct versus villainous skulduggery, was saved from total tedium by the presence of recurring players Trader Faulkner, a sneering Prince John, and Francis de Wolfe as the delightfully monstrous Leopold of Austria."

As of November 2014, the series has not been officially released onto DVD, though it's likely that the company Network DVD would distribute this show, as they have done so with many shows from ITV from this era.

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