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The success of The Adventures of Robin Hood is often credited with inaugurating the cycle of costume adventure series that followed in the late 1950s. The Incorporated Television Programme (ITP)-Official Films-Sapphire Films team produced three swashbucklers: The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, The Buccaneers and Sword of Freedom. Although neither The Adventures of Sir Lancelot nor The Buccaneers would ever match the longevity of The Adventures of Robin Hood, their network sales represented a major success for ITP and Sapphire Films. The production arrangements for Sword of Freedom were consistent with previous ITP-Sapphire costume series. It was produced at Walton Studios (formerly Nettlefold) and Twickenham Studios by Sidney Cole. ITP, for its part, was involved in two other early swashbucklers, The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel and The Count of Monte Cristo.


The costume adventure series


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