Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Filmed in the Scottish Highlands, this elaborate British TV adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel The Last of the Mohicans starred Kenneth Ives as intrepid 18th century Indian scout Hawkeye (aka Natty Bumppo) and John Abineri as his loyal Native American blood brother Chingachook. Set in Canada during the French and Indian Wars, the story found Hawkeye doing his best to safeguard the lives of Col. Munro (Andrew Crawford), his daughters Cora (Patricia Maynard) and Alice (Joanna David), and the other British settlers at Fort William Henry. The fly in the ointment was the villainous, bloodthirsty Indian warrior Magua (Philip Madoc), who had his own plans for the toothsome Munro girls. In contrast, noble Mohican Uncas hoped to save Alice and especially Cora from the evil Magua, and to bring the Indians and white settlers together in peaceful coexistence. Originally broadcast by the BBC from January 17 to February 28, 1971, the eight 45-minute episodes of The Last of the Mohicans were later shown in America on the PBS anthology Masterpiece Theater beginning March 26, 1972.