Lorna Doone (1963)

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Debuting over the BBC on June 16, 1963, this British TV miniseries adaptation of R.D. Blackmore's novel Lorna Doone is regarded by many observers as the best-ever dramatization of that particular literary classic. Set in 17th century Exmoor, the story was motivated by the romance between Lorna Doone and John Ridd, respectively the daughter and son of two long-feuding Scottish families. The many plot complications included a band of gypsies, an ancient curse or two, and lots of swashbuckling. Filmed on location in Bristol, this version of Lorna Doone ran for 11 half-hour episodes.