This light drama was a British-made, Thames Television venture, created with a US market in mind. Setting itself up as an olde English medieval romp through the trials and tribulations of a well-to-do family, the series was filmed in Kent; Allington Castle for the exterior scenes and Penshurst Place for the interior scenes. It gained a tiny but very loyal fanbase during its short run.
Only the pilot was aired on UK television before Thames lost its franchise, and the US didn't fare much better, with only seven of the thirteen episodes being aired before Ross Perot bought the time slot for his US presidential campaign. Although it was nominated for a Primetime Emmy, subsequent cancellation of the series was officially blamed on expensive production costs. It was later picked up for broadcast in Canada, Australia, France, Japan and Norway.
Snipped from [color=#0000ff]Wikipedia:
[quote]The series follows the daily intrigues of Sir Thomas Grey, a widower, and his sons and daughter. His children are Armus (the eldest), Richard (the serious son), Cedric (the free spirit), and his daughter Eleanor (the strong-willed one). Also figuring into Sir Thomas's life is his love interest, Lady Elizabeth. While not entirely a sitcom nor an out and out drama, the show had a lighthearted feel to it. This was not by any means a terribly accurate portraying of life in the Middle Ages, nor was it meant to be. The Greys each week would face a new dilemma that would test their honor and wits to overcome. Many of these dilemmas were concocted by Sir Thomas's evil neighbor, Baron John Mullens. Occasionally, the show's story setting and format have been likened to a medieval version of the classic American TV western Bonanza. This comes from the format of a widower with three sons, who has considerable wealth and influence in his community and is seen as a man of honor living on a sizable estate.[/quote]
Snipped from a review by IMDb user [color=#0000ff]Darkbane:
[quote]Reuniting Excalibur's King Arthur (Terry) as Sir Thomas Grey, with his queen (Lunghi) as his neighbor-turning love interest Lady Elizabeth, this series seemed perfectly created for those who love medieval period pieces. It was somewhat light on exact history, but did not outright thrash all realism like the Xena/Hurcules shows did. Ione Skye was beautiful as the tomboy only daughter of Lord Grey and the lads all gave splendid performances. The scenery was breathtaking and even though it played itself up as a drama, it's approach was refreshing compared to all the modern day shows airing.[/quote]
[*] Sir Thomas Grey - Nigel Terry
[*] Lady Elizabeth - Cherie Lunghi
[*] Armus Grey - Tim Killick
[*] Richard Grey - Jonathan Firth
[*] Cedric Grey - Glenn Quinn
[*] Eleanor Grey - Ione Skye
[*] Baron John Mullens - James Faulkner
[*] Friar - Paul Brooke
[*] Alexandra Mullens (semi-regular) - Laura Howard
[*] King Edward (semi-regular) - Miles Anderson
Daniel Craig pops up in the pilot episode, in the all-action role of 'Walkway Guard'.
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Adapted from the [color=#0000ff]Covington Cross Fan Page:
Episode 01: Pilot (Aired: 25/08/1992 - US; 31/08/1992 - UK)
Sir Thomas agrees to a marriage between Eleanor and Henry of Gault, the son of John Mullens. Eleanor is understandably enraged, as she has fallen in love with Jasper, a poor artist. A group of hooded men, led by Henry of Gault, are raiding the village at night, and a visiting guest has a hidden agenda...
Sir Thomas receives a letter that his eldest son, Armus, is returning home from the crusades. All of the nobles in the Great Hall, including John Mullens and his daughter, Alexandra, are taken by surprise...
Episode 03: Outlaws (Aired: 26/09/1992 - US; Never - UK)
Cedric has his heart set on entering a tournament on the same week that an important Bishop is coming to take him to a monastary to become a priest. While out riding, Richard and Eleanor see the Bishop and John Mullens in danger...
Episode 04: Cedric Hits The Road (Aired: 03/10/1992 - US; Never - UK)
Sir Thomas is competing with an unnamed businessman to provide the wood for the Duke's ship, and entrusts Cedric with the delivery of an offer. The friar begins writing a tell-all book about the lives of everyone at Covington Cross...
Episode 05: The Hero (Aired: 10/10/1992 - US; Never - UK)
A man poaching chickens sees a murder. Sir Thomas entertains a visit from Lady Elizabeth and her children, Adam and Lenor, assuring them that Armus, Eleanor, and Richard will be home shortly to meet them...
Eleanor is attacked en route to pick up her brothers in the village, but a shabby looking youth intervenes. Richard, Armus, and Cedric run into their Aunt Brittany, who comes home for an unscheduled visit...
Episode 07: Persecution (Aired: 31/10/1992 - US; Never - UK)
While out riding, Richard meets a beautiful girl. Within moments of their meeting, she is attacked by a mob of angry villagers, and Richard angers the leader of the mob, a vengeful abbot. The girl performs a mysterious ritual just before a huge storm explodes in the sky...
John Mullens steals the deed to Covington Cross from the royal registry, and plans to have it forged. His daughter, Alexandra, shows up to announce that a troupe of actors have arrived, then she secretly goes to Covington Cross where she meets Cedric in the dove house...
Sir Thomas is forced to serve as magistrate over the minor legal disagreements in the shire. At the same time, his old army friend and mentor, Lord Trenton, comes to visit. Meanwhile, Richard is growing tired of his siblings' antics...
Cedric is enchanted by a peasant woman and three orphans, all stricken with the plague. Against his family's wishes, Cedric risks his life to help them, bringing up painful memories... (from [color=#0000ff]TV.com)
An English soldier, held prisoner by the father of the man Armus killed in battle, reveals the location of Covington Cross. The slain man's brother, Salim, is charged by his father to take revenge on the man who killed his brother...
While having a celebratory Christmas booze fest at the tavern, Armus, Richard, Eleanor and Cedric fall victims to a pick pocket. Upon catching up with the thief they discover that it's a little orphan girl...
At a dinner party celebrating the reunion of the Grey family and the Wyatt family, Eleanor finds a new enemy in Charlotte Wyatt, the daughter of Lord Wyatt, who is commanding most of the male attention in the room, including that of Armus...
Note: These are not my rips; apologies for the lowish bitrates and so-so quality. 100% credit must go to the original ripper, whoever or whatever they may be. I urge you to seek them out and bolster their ramparts. Additional credit to uploader alyxstarr. I only researched the descriptions and got some screen grabs.
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