September 15, 1958: The Adventures of William Tell are told on ITV

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The Adventures of William Tell (1958-1959), title card

The Adventures of William Tell is a British swashbuckler adventure series, first broadcast on the ITV network, and produced by ITC Entertainment. William Tell is a folk hero of Switzerland. His legend is recorded in a late 15th-century Swiss illustrated chronicle.

The outdoor scenes were filmed around the mountains and lakes of Snowdonia in the UK. The film base and make-up were at a small farm in Cwm-Y-Glo in Snowdonia. This is beside Llyn Padarn, a lake which can be seen in many shots (as can cars on the A4086 road on the opposite side of the lake!).

The series’ star, Conrad Phillips, had an accident during filming which led to his retirement from acting. He was asked to keep stepping back until he stepped off a 12-foot drop, injuring his knee. Phillips wore support bandages during filming but sometimes forgot, causing him to struggle with some action scenes.

The series featured a long-remembered theme song, with music based on the William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini. For the show, the song lyrics were by Harold Purcell and were sung by David Whitfield.

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Conrad Phillips, William Tell
  • Willoughby Goddard, “Landburgher Gessler”
  • Nigel Green as “The Bear”

Guest actors appearing included Wilfred Brambell, Michael Caine, Roger Delgado, Frazer Hines, Sid James, Christopher Lee, Warren Mitchell, Donald Pleasance, Robert Shaw, Patrick Troughton, and Deborah and Jack Watling.

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