Saint Ives (1955)

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Saint Ives, Robert Louis Stevenson's posthumously published follow-up to his swashbuckling historical novel The Black Arrow (described as a "sequel" even though it was set hundreds of years after the first book), was brought to television courtesy of the BBC beginning October 30, 1955. Though described by its author as merely "a tissue of adventures" with a nondescript hero and "no philosophic pith under the yarn," producer-adapter Rex Tucker managed to weave a lucid and exciting account of the tumultuous years following the Napoleonic wars. William Russell, best known for his star turn on the internationally syndicated series The Adventures of William Tell, headed the cast in this story of Captain Jacques St. Ives, a French prisoner of war making the best of a bad situation while sequestered in Scotland. Telecast live, Saint Ives ran for six half-hour episodes.