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Redgauntlet (ITV 1970 With Jack Watson and Roddy McMillan)

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UK / ITV Network – Scottish TV / 8×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 7 January – 25 February 1970 / Wednesdays @ 5.20pm)

Writer: Ian Stuart Black / Novel: Sir Walter Scott/ Designer: Ron Franchetti / Producer and Director: Clarke Tait

Period drama serial. Redgauntlet deals with the dying embers of the Jacobite Rebellion. The story is concerned with the (purely fictional) return of Prince Charles Edward Stuart to England some years after 1745 in a final attempt to claim the crown. The Jacobite party is energetically led by a Border laird, Redgauntlet, otherwise known as Herries of Birrenswork.

He kidnaps his young nephew Darsie Latimer (whose real name is Sir Arthur Darsie Redgauntlet), hoping that his prestige as the head of the house will aid the Jacobite cause. Darsie, whose father was executed for his role in the 1745 rebellion, has been brought up in Edinburgh under an assumed name and in ignorance of his true identity.

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JACK WATSON as Redgauntlet
RODDY McMILLAN as Cristal Nixon
JAMES GRANT as Lattimer
ISOBEL BLACK as Greenmantle
ANDREW TOBERTSON as Alan Fairford
LEONARD McGUIRE as Alex Fairford
JOHN LAURIE as Peter Peebles
CALUM MILL as Nanty Ewart
MICHAEL O’HALLORAN as General Cambell

THE EPISODES
1. THE MAN WITH THE SWORD
2. A WARNING FROM A LADY
3. RACE AGAINST THE TIDE
4. HELD PRISONER
5. THE TRIAL
6. THE STORM
7. THE REBELS
8. DEATH OF A TRAITOR

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