The Man In Armour

1951 | United Kingdom

Amusing fantasy series for a young afternoon audience starring Bruce Gordon (pictured centre) as a 500 year old Arthurian knight; Sir Archibald Willow, who is kept alive by his magic armour. His mission: To wander through the centuries in search of Isolde, the beautiful daughter of a wicked magician who has vowed to kill Archibald. The lonely Knight is only safe as long as he never removes his suit of armour. 

When the story opens Archie finds himself in an antique shop run by Theodore Hubble. Archibald befriends Hubble's two children, Ronnie (Barry McGregor) and Rona (June Allen). 

Also appearing in an early acting role was Shaun Sutton who went on to become one of the most influential figures in British television. As head of BBC Television Drama from 1969 to 1981 he was responsible for such ground-breaking productions as Dennis Potter's Pennies From Heaven and Brimstone and Treacle as well as I, Claudius, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and classic serials including The Six Wives of Henry VIII. As a director, he worked on detective series such as Z Cars and the costume drama The Forsyte Saga, the most acclaimed BBC series of the sixties. The Man In Armour was written by Godfrey Harrison and produced by Rex Tucker. Popular enough for a second series the following year.

Published on January 2nd, 2019. Written by Laurence Marcus for Television Heaven.

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