The Adventures of Sir Lancelot 116 The Ruby of Radnor (5 Jan 1957) sample frame from video
In days of old, when knights were bold, valiant young Lancelot comes to Camelot to join King Arthur's Round Table. In each episode he rights a wrong or rescues a damsel in distress, accompanied by lots of swordplay, horseplay, and scenic backgrounds. Star William Russell would later become famous in Doctor Who as companion Ian Chesterton.
In this episode, as a punishment because he rebels at working with Merlin's pigeons, Squire Brian is sent on an errand to deliver a crate of pigeons to a neighboring castle. En route, he becomes involved with a gang of thieves who stole the precious Ruby of Radnor.
Unlike ITC's other 'Adventures of...' historicals like Robin Hood, half of the 30 episodes of The Adventures of Sir Lancelot were filmed in color, even though in 1957 they were only broadcast in black and white. This is the first of the 12 surviving color episodes.
William Russell as Sir Lancelot
Ronald Leigh-Hunt as King Arthur
Jane Hylton as Queen Guinevere
Cyril Smith as Merlin
Robert Scroggins as Squire Brian
David Morrell as Sir Kay
Colin Tapley as Everard
Edward Judd as Garth
Eric Corrie as Sir Robert
Reginald Hearne as Hugo
Harold Goodwin as Peasant
Desmond Raynor as Jailer
Writer: Hamish Hamilton Burns
Director: Lawrence Huntington