of Sir Prancelot (1971-1972) producers:
John Ryan for the BBC animation:
"caption" animation episodes:
32 x 5mins
one, come all, and listen to the tales of Sir Prancelot - brave, but
eccentric, Sir Prancelot and his courtiers
- who did travel to the Holy Land in
search of heroics and adventures!
Prancelot had a head for invention, not that
it was always screwed on properly.
He invented oversized siege equipment, a
weather-forecaster, air balloons and
more, but his ideas and notions were cockeyed
and inevitably caused more
damage than they sought to prevent. Caught
up in the muddle were Sir Prancelot's
better half, Lady Hysteria, her pet piggy
Pigwig and hers and Prancelot's two
conniving children Sim and Sue. Soldiers
and serfs Bert and Harry were regularly
charged with carrying out Prancelot's schemes,
but alas, crusading is an
expensive game, and those schemes caused
tight-fisted Master Gurth much
Not so Count Otto the Blot who revelled in Prancelot's muddles and
misfortune, seeking to attack and undermine
the royal when e'er he could.
Here was another fabulous "caption"
creation from John Ryan. Stories were
introduced by The Minstrel and came
in bite-sized episodes which proceeded
in a lineal narrative, from episode
to episode. We began at Sir Prancelot's
home, Crumblecreek Castle, before proceeding
to adventures onboard his
ship and on, to Europe and beyond with
Otto the Blot in dogged pursuit.
And each twist and turn of the tale
was accompanied by a big burst of
electric lute playing on the soundtrack,
courtesy of Alan Parker (well,
alright, he was playing guitar, but
you get the gist).
The series actually has its origins
in one of John Ryan's early comic
strips."Sir Boldasbrass" was
published each week in Swift, back in 1954.
The strip starred a blustering knight
and his young nephew and neice,
Cedric and Cynthia, and it detailed
their exploits and endeavours in
and around the island fortress of Blockhead
Castle. Prancelot, Sim
and Sue were surely modelled on Uncle
Brassy and those youngsters.
You know, Sir Prancelot isn't quite
so well recalled as Captain Pugwash
Mungo and Midge,
but it surely deserves to be. The captions
are beautiful, with their gay medieval
scenery, bright pennants, shields
and flags. The quality continues in the
associated tie-in books and
publications - all sumptuously illustrated
by our series creator...
1. Crumblecreek Crusade 17.
Behind the Times
2. The Lady Hysteria 18.
3. A Few Items of Baggage 19.
4. A Weighty Problem 20.
Ships of the Desert
5. A Load of Hot Air 21.
A Nice Cup of Tea
6. On the Rocks 22.
7. Count Blotto 23.
8. Thunderstruck 24.
9. Land Fall 25.
10. Kidnapped 26.
11. Hostile Enemy Intentions 27.
Hurry to the Rescue
12. The Haunted Watch Tower 28.
Gold for Otto
13. The Flight 29.
Mystery in the Tower
14. Flying Crusade 30.
15. Count Uglio 31.
16. An Ugly Affair1 32.
The series premiered on BBC1,
thursday 13th January 1972
and continued in one straight
run, monday-to-friday, through
to 25th February...
John Ryan production stories and pictures John
Watson writer: Alison
Bob Bura, John Hardwick editing: Barry
Shephard sound: Barry
Shephard music: Alan
Big Knights take on Sir Prancelot with their customary