The Complete Series

The BBC adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s swashbuckling tale of chivalry, romance and swords in medieval England.

Cat. No: 167539
Barcode: 5019322675396
Run Time: 250 mins
Discs: 2
Cert: 12
Format: DVD
Release Date: 18th September 2017

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Based on the Sir Walker Scott novel of the same name, Ivanhoe is the story of one of the remaining Saxon noble families at a time when the nobility in England was overwhelmingly Norman. It follows the Saxon protagonist, Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, who is out of favour with his father for his allegiance to the Norman king Richard the Lionheart.

The story is set in 1194, after the failure of the Third Crusade, when many of the Crusaders were still returning to their homes in Europe. King Richard, who had been captured by Leopold of Austria on his return journey to England, was believed to be still in captivity.

The legendary Robin Hood, initially under the name of Locksley, is also a character in the story, as are his “merry men”. The character that Scott gave to Robin Hood in Ivanhoe helped shape the modern notion of this figure as a cheery noble outlaw.

Originally shown on the Sunday tea-time slot on BBC, Ivanhoe was later shown on US television and consisted of five 50-minute episodes.