1 9 5 5 – 1 9 5 6 (UK)
13 x 30 minute episodes
Taking its cue from the earlier The Silver Swan, this was an educational journey through the ages as seen through the eyes of one family. The linking device this time was a valuable candlestick with fourteen branches, the symbol of the Gordon family honour.
The original candle had been won by a courtier of King Arthur, having saved the King’s life and another branch had been added to the candlestick every hundred years by the incumbent Gordon generation, providing their honour had not been besmirched by greed or dishonesty.
Throughout time, the Gordon’s had to guard the candlestick against the Fitzwilliams, a jealous family line and each adventure in time would pit another ancestral Gordon against the Fitzwilliams.
The first episode told of how the candlestick was won from King Arthur with subsequent adventures set at the time of King Richard and the Crusades, the invention of the cannon, the genesis of the Spanish Armada, the English Civil War, and the Indian Mutiny.
Lord Freddie Gordon/Sir Rufus/Sir Phineas/Sir Roger
Admiral the Duke of Tyburne/Captain Sir Francis Gordon
Sir James Fitzwilliam/Sir Guy/Sir Hubert/Colonel Fitzwilliam
Ronald Fitzwilliam/Rollo/Sir Malthus/Sir Thomas/Sir Jeremy
Poppy the maid
Sheila Shand Gibbs (1)
Penelope Bartley (2)
Chief Sitting Bull
Charles Lloyd Pack
King Charles I
Earl of Dudgeon
King Richard the Lion Heart
King Henry VI
Queen Elizabeth I
King Arthur’s Candlestick | The Crusader’s Candlestick | The Gunpowder Candlestick | The Sea-Captain’s Candlestick | The Cavalier’s Candlestick | The Mutiny Candlestick | The Secret Agent’s Candlestick || The Prisoner’s Candlestick | The Potato Candlestick | The Red Indian Candlestick | The Twins Candlestick | The Wild West Candlestick | The Diving-Bell Candlestick