1 9 5 8 (UK)
8 x 30 minute episodes
The ‘Queen’s Champion’ was a golden statuette of a knight in armour which was passed down to the eldest son of each generation of the aristocratic Penlynden family.
This series – the first long-form historical serial to be specially written for television as an ersatz ‘literary classic’ – followed the adventures of 14-year old Roger Penlynden in Elizabethan England.
The adventure began on the eve of the battle of the Armada on 20 July 1588 and saw Roger (Michael Anderson) and his friend Toby the scullery boy (Frazer Hines) discover fifth columnists and a Spanish plot to kill the Queen.
The cast contained many names who would go on to become well-known in years to come. The series was recorded in its entirety and repeated the following summer, although it is believed only the first episode survives in the BBC archive.
Sir Thomas Wycherly
Sir Henry Penlynden
2nd Wycherly Guard
Sir Edmund Carrick
Sir Arthur St. John
Betrayal | The Escape from Penlynden | The Outlaws | The Rescue | The Trap | The Eve of the Armada | The Edge of Defeat | The Return to Penlynden