TV Adventures Of William Tell, The (ITV 1958-1959, Conrad Phillips, Jennifer Jayne) Published 3 years ago on June 20, 2016 In the 1950’s and the infancy of commercial television there was a huge vogue for period action adventures series, sparked by the massive success of The Adventures of Robin Hood another big hit was this one The Adventures of William Tell (often also referred to as just William Tell). Filmed at the British National Studios, Elstree (and with some location work in Snowdonia) but set in 14th century Switzerland it’s based on the myth/folk hero story of Tell who is basically a version of Robin Hood as he tries to keep the people of Altdorf free from the tyranny of the invading Austrians. Tell is living as an outlaw with his wife Hedda and son Walter after tangling with the evil Landburgher Gessler (the catalyst for Tell’s outlawdom is the famous shooting an apple off his son’s head moment, here it’s something he was forced to do by Gessler). Aided by a growing band of followers Tell works at undermining the Austrians in a manner similar to that of the work of the French Resistance during World War II. Lots of well known faces popped up amongst the guest casts too including the likes of Frazer Hines, John Le Mesurier, Patrick Troughton, Wilfred Brambell, Christopher Lee and a very young Michael Caine. Probably not as well remembered these days as Robin Hood but it’s easily its equal. The source material was the story by Johann Von Schiller. production details UK / ITV Network – ITP – National Telefilm / 39×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 September 1958 – 14 June 1959 in black and white Creator: Leslie Arliss / Theme sung by David Whitfield / Composer:Harold Durrell / Producers: Leslie Arliss, Ralph Smart cast CONRAD PHILLIPS as William Tell JENNIFER JAYNE as Hedda Tell WILLOUGHBY GODDARD as Landburgher Gessler RICHARD ROGERS as Walter Tell NIGEL GREEN as Fertog THE EPISODES 15 September 1958 – 14 June 1959 1. THE EMPEROR’S HAT 2. THE HOSTAGES 3. SECRET DEATH 4. THE GAUNTLET OF SIR GERHARDT 5. THE PRISONER 6. VOICE IN THE NIGHT 7. THE ASSASSINS 8. THE BARONESS 9. THE ELIXER 10. THE SUSPECT 11. THE CUCKOO 12. THE BEAR 13. THE MAGIC POWDER 14. THE GOLDEN WHEEL 15. THE BRIDE 16. BOY SLAVES 17. THE YOUNG WIDOW 18. LANDSLIDE 19. THE TRAP 20. THE SHREW 21. THE MANHUNT 22. THE KILLER 23. THE SURGEON 24. THE ENSIGN 25. THE UNWELCOME STRANGER 26. THE AVENGER 27. THE BANDIT 28. GESSLER’S DAUGHTER 29. THE GENERAL’S DAUGHTER 30. THE RAID 31. CASTLE OF FEAR 32. THE BLACK BROTHERS 33. THE LOST LETTER 34. THE SECRET WEAPON 35. THE MASTER SPY 36. THE TRAITOR 37. THE SPIDER 38. THE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE 39. UNDERCOVER Action and AdventureConrad PhillipsDavid WhitfieldITPITVJennifer JayneLeslie ArlissNigel GreenRalph SmartRichard RogersTVWilliam TellWillougby Goddard Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes6 hours ago Portals to Hell: Emerald Hill Hell House (S1EP5 Travel Fri 24 May 2019) Emerald Hill Hell House: Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman investigate a 19th-century estate in Monongahela, Pa., which is bursting with... Episodes6 hours ago Doom Patrol: Ezekiel Patrol (Season 1 Finale DC Fri 24 May 2019) Ezekiel Patrol: The Doom Patrol go their separate ways in the season finale. Airdate: Friday 24 May 2019 on DC.... Episodes6 hours ago Warrior: They Don’t Pay Us Enough to Think (S1EP8 Cinemax Fri 24 May 2019) They Don’t Pay Us Enough to Think: After a bloodbath on the streets of Chinatown, the Hop Wei and Long... 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