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Series cast summary:
Peter Burroughs Peter Burroughs ...  Nectobanus / ... 9 episodes, 1980-1981
Donald Burton ...  Giles Amaury, Grand Master of the Templars / ... 9 episodes, 1980-1981
Stephan Chase ...  Richard I / ... 9 episodes, 1980-1981
Lynn Clayton Lynn Clayton ...  Edith 9 episodes, 1980-1981
Richard Morant ...  Conrade of Montserrat / ... 9 episodes, 1980-1981
Joanne Pearce Joanne Pearce ...  Berengaria 9 episodes, 1980-1981
Patrick Ryecart ...  Sir Kenneth / ... 9 episodes, 1980-1981
Damien Thomas ...  Ilderim / ... 9 episodes, 1980-1981
Tacy Kneale Tacy Kneale ...  Florise 8 episodes, 1980-1981
Jane Morant Jane Morant ...  Calista 8 episodes, 1980-1981
Jack Watson ...  De Vaux 8 episodes, 1980-1981
John Moreno John Moreno ...  Philip of France 7 episodes, 1980-1981
Malcolm Terris ...  Leopold of Austria 7 episodes, 1980-1981
Ivor Roberts Ivor Roberts ...  Archbishop of Tyre 6 episodes, 1980-1981
Andrew Lane Andrew Lane ...  Brother Hubert 5 episodes, 1980-1981
Thane Bettany Thane Bettany ...  Theodoric 4 episodes, 1980-1981
Geoffrey Leesley Geoffrey Leesley ...  Sergeant of Guard / ... 4 episodes, 1980-1981
Simon Templeman ...  Gerard 4 episodes, 1980-1981
Peter Davidson Peter Davidson ...  Strachan 3 episodes, 1980
Richard Cornish Richard Cornish ...  Neville 3 episodes, 1981
Lewis George Lewis George ...  Earl Wallenrode 2 episodes, 1980
Bill Homewood ...  Blondel 2 episodes, 1980
Bunny Reed Bunny Reed ...  Executioner 2 episodes, 1980
Dicken Ashworth ...  Dickon 2 episodes, 1981
Frank Ellis ...  Long Allen 2 episodes, 1981
Clive Panto Clive Panto ...  1st Herald / ... 2 episodes, 1981


Based on the novel by Sir Walter Scott, THE TALISMAN is a Crusades story of heroism, love and intrigue. Sir Kenneth, a bold Scottish knight, finds himself involved in political machinations and court intrigue as he discovers that enemies are not always who they seem to be.

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30 November 1980 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A must-see if you loved "IVANHOE"
15 November 2018 | by batbuck-41923See all my reviews

I searched for years for this mini-series and lo and behold it popped up on Amazon Prime! Full of derring-do, deceit, treachery and chivalry, it is a BBC swashbuckler that does nor disappoint. Admittedly, the first episode is a little slow, but the pot boils quickly after that! As stated, this is a Sir Walter Scott novel, so Ivanhoe fans will love the twists and turns, deceptions and reveals. Sir Kenneth is as noble and headstrong as Wilfred of Ivanhoe and finds as much action and intrigue. The chapters put one in mind of Doctor Who, along with the BBC soundtrack. It takes place during the Crusades and involves Richard the Lionheart, Saladin and fictional characters woven around them. I doubt it's at all historically accurate, but who cares? Like all good BBC fare, the presentation convinces you that it is living history. It's rousing, old-fashioned fun! Watch it, or by heaven you will rue the day you passed it up!

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