"The Adventures of Black Beauty"
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Season: 1 | 2
Year: 1972 | 1973 | 1974

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: The Fugitive

17 September 1972
A spirited black horse escapes from a dealer and is found ailing by Vicky Gordon, who quickly falls in love with him. Vicky's father, the new doctor in town, treats the horse's illness and refuses to surrender him until he's well. The owner agrees to let the horse stay a few days before he takes him to be sold. When the owner falls ill the doctor hurries on horseback to save his life. Soon after, the man gives the horse to the doctor.

Season 1, Episode 2: The Hostage

30 September 1972
Vicky and Kevin discover Desmond, an escaped convict, hiding in the stable. He threatens to harm Beauty unless the children aid in his getaway. Desmond though shows his better nature when Kevin is injured.

Season 1, Episode 3: The Pit Pony

7 October 1972
A young miner steals a pony sold for slaughter and with Vicky's help hides it at Dr. Gordon's. The owner soon finds the pony and makes trouble for the young pair.

Season 1, Episode 4: The Horse Thieves

14 October 1972
Vicky, Kevin, and Black Beauty encounter two workmen who decide that stealing the horse is a way to a better life. Where they choose to hide Beauty is unfortunately the site of some dynamite blasting, leading to a race to rescue the him.

William Lucas ... Dr. James Gordon
Charlotte Mitchell ... Amy Winthrop

Judi Bowker ... Vicky Gordon
Roderick Shaw ... Kevin

John Ringham ... Henry Bullivant

Jim Norton ... Michael Sullivan

Tony Doyle ... Jim O'Toole
Jack Le White ... 1st Man
Frederick Hall ... Foreman
Jon Mattocks ... 2nd Man

Michael Culver ... Squire Armstrong
Harry Fielder ... Workman (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 5: Runaway

21 October 1972
While riding Black Beauty, Vicky and Kevin encounter a threatening recluse at the Abbott farm. Despite being warned by everyone to stay away, the children persist in trying to solve the mystery. When a runaway horse endangers young David Abbott, the children get their answer.

Season 1, Episode 6: Warhorse

28 October 1972
Dr. Gordon and Vicky rescue a former army horse whose end seems near. Robbie, over protected by his grandmother, becomes friends with the Gordon children after moving nearby. Robbie becomes enchanted by the new horse Soldier.

Season 1, Episode 7: The Horsemen

4 November 1972

William Lucas ... Dr. James Gordon
Charlotte Mitchell ... Amy Winthrop

Judi Bowker ... Vicky Gordon
Barry Linehan ... Mr. Oldfield
Joanna Andrews ... Susan Oldfield
Ken Jones ... Mr. Fox
Roderick Shaw ... Kevin Gordon (credit only)
Ray Smith ... Willie Davidson
Sean Lynch ... McPhee

Season 1, Episode 8: The Duel

11 November 1972

Season 1, Episode 9: The Viking Helmet: Part 1

18 November 1972
Kevin and Robbie find an old helmet with a wing and lose the wing on the way home. An archaeologist from a nearby dig dismisses the helmet as a reproduction of little value, but when Robbie finds the wing it is promptly stolen. Later the thief is caught trying to steal the helmet, but the wing is nowhere to be found.

Season 1, Episode 10: The Viking Helmet: Part 2

25 November 1972
Dykes, the thief, escapes custody and heads back to the excavation site to look for the missing gold wing. Robbie also thinks he knows where it is and rides Black Beauty to the area. While looking he falls into a mud pit that is about to cave in. Beauty goes for help.

William Lucas ... Dr. James Gordon

Judi Bowker ... Vicky Gordon

Geoffrey Bayldon ... Professor Miles
Martin Gordon ... Dykes

Leigh Lawson ... Peter Stockman
Alastair Mackenzie ... Robbie Jameson
Charlotte Mitchell ... Amy Winthrop
Roderick Shaw ... Kevin Gordon
Kenneth Thornett ... Police Constable Dickins (as Keneth Thornett)

Season 1, Episode 11: Day of Reckoning

2 December 1972
Black Beauty starts showing unusual behavior and Dr. Gordon suspects rabies. After Beauty attacks two men including the new constable, she is ordered destroyed. But Vicky hides her horse, nothing is as it seems and Black Beauty had a good reason for her behavior.

William Lucas ... Dr. James Gordon
Charlotte Mitchell ... Amy Winthrop

Judi Bowker ... Vicky Gordon
Roderick Shaw ... Kevin Gordon (credit only)
Tony Selby ... Moss

Jonathan Newth ... Grant
Kenneth Thornett ... Police Constable Dickins (as Keneth Thornett)

Season 1, Episode 12: Mantrap

9 December 1972
New gamekeeper Ted Hewitt sets out snares and traps on Lord Eddington's estate to protect game and catch poachers. This doesn't sit well with Dr. Gordon, who, with daughter Vicky, pays him a visit. While the men talk, Vicky learns the man's wife, Beth, is pregnant and doesn't seem well. She refuses to take it easy so Vicky visits often to help with her chores. When Beth collapses, Vicky must run for the doctor and gets caught in a snare. Beauty must get help.

Season 1, Episode 13: Three Locks to Fortune

16 December 1972
Vicky's friend Colin returns from school and informs her his grandfather's estate is to be auctioned. The young people learn of a family secret that if discovered, may provide the funds to save Colin's heritage. But they are in a race against time.

Season 1, Episode 14: Clown on Horseback

23 December 1972
Kevin and Robbie become friends with Andy, an unfunny clown while Vicky tries to help Dan tame Mr. Collin's horse Thunder. It turns out Andy's skills and comedy are tied to working with horses.

Season 1, Episode 15: The Recruiting Sergeant

30 December 1972
Vicky discovers a young Tom Honeywell hiding in the church cemetery, on the run after leaving the army. The local recruiter confiscates Black Beauty until Tom returns and Kevin is tricked into enlisting in an effort to help. It is up to Albert and Black Beauty to make things right.

William Lucas ... Dr. James Gordon

Judi Bowker ... Vicky Gordon
Keith Chegwin ... Tom Honeywood
Noel Coleman ... General Syme

Iain Cuthbertson ... Sgt Mjr Fletcher
Tony Maiden ... Albert Clifton
Charlotte Mitchell ... Amy Winthrop
Roderick Shaw ... Kevin Gordon
Michael Stainton ... Police Constable
Norma Vogan ... Mrs. Honeywood

Season 1, Episode 16: The Debt

20 January 1973
Amy Winthrop's nephew steals Beauty after his aunt refuses to give him fifty pounds to get out of debt to a bookie who is threatening him. To save Beauty and her nephew, Amy must pawn her jewelry and hurry to the auction to bid on the horse.

Season 1, Episode 17: The Horse Healer

27 January 1973
A vagabond natural healer is on the run from several people who hold him responsible for regrettable outcomes. Vicky and Dr. Gordon step in to give him temporary sanctuary, which is fortunate when Beauty suffers a severe laceration.

Season 1, Episode 18: The Witch

3 February 1973
While riding Beauty, Vicky bumps into an old woman out gathering mushrooms who many in town think is a witch. After she scares off Kevin when he tries to retrieve a kite from the roof of her cottage, he sets out on Beauty for another try and is injured, but makes his way to the cottage where the woman takes him in and tends to him.

Season 1, Episode 19: The Ponies

10 February 1973
Dr. Garner has his hand full with a typhoid outbreak but the children are concerned with an illness claiming Mr. Garner's ponies. Albert brings his favorite Chalky into contact with Black Beauty and quickly Vicky is trying to do everything to save Beauty's life.

Season 1, Episode 20: The Ruffians

17 February 1973
When Dr. Gordon interrupts a robbery, hooligans take first him, than Vicky captive. Needing his medical skills for one of their mates, they refuse to release them. It is up to Kevin, Albert and Black Beauty to rescue them.

Season 1, Episode 21: Two of a Kind

24 February 1973
Vicky and Kevin encounter a brother and sister on the run from authorities, claiming to be orphans. A reformatory is missing two children and when items begin disappearing from the house the true story comes out. Vicky and Kevin learn an important life lesson.

Season 1, Episode 22: Foul Play

3 March 1973
When the Gordon's neighbor Lady Faulkner discovers her racing horses are being drugged, their curiosity gets the best of them. After Dr. Gordon is attacked and Albert rescues the constable from a well, the pieces start to come together. But it's Black Beauty who delivers the decisive moment.

Season 1, Episode 23: Sailor on a Horse

10 March 1973
A secretive man moves into an abandoned cottage which engages Vicky and Albert's curiosity. Seemingly unrelated, the land and Beauty's paddock next to the Gordon family is being sold by contentious lawyer Weems. The missing Thackeray heir seems to be key to both incidents.

Season 1, Episode 24: Wild Justice

17 March 1973
Dr. Gordon is arrested for a cottage burning that belonged to Mr. Skinner after he criticized it's condition. Vicky, Albert, and their friend Jill work to clear his name but need Black Beauty's help. Complicating matters is a mysterious man Duffield and a horse identical to Beauty.
Patrick Westwood ... Bob Hall
Bill Stewart ... John Bates

William Lucas ... Dr. James Gordon

Judi Bowker ... Vicky Gordon
Charlotte Mitchell ... Amy Winthrop

Deddie Davies ... Mrs. Hudson
Lucy Appleby ... Jill Hudson
Stanley Meadows ... Caleb Skinner
Kenneth Thornett ... P.C. Dickens (as Keneth Thornett)
John Garrie ... Mr. Harker
Tony Maiden ... Albert Clifton

Peter Bowles ... Mr. Duffield
Roderick Shaw ... Kevin Gordon (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 25: The Barge

24 March 1973
Vicky and Beauty befriend an older woman living on the river whose son Albert is just out if prison. A series of valuable art thefts occur and Vicky discovers the stolen paintings on Maggie's houseboat. With things looking bad for Albert and his mother, Vicky, her friends and her horse search for the truth.

William Lucas ... Dr. James Gordon

Judi Bowker ... Vicky Gordon

John Hallam ... Roger Carlisle
Shane Shelton ... Albert Wingrave
Roderick Shaw ... Kevin Gordon
Charlotte Mitchell ... Amy Winthrop
Eileen Way ... Maggie
Kenneth Thornett ... Police Constable Dickens (as Keneth Thornett)

Season 1, Episode 26: Father and Son

31 March 1973
The arrival of entertainers in the village draw the Gordons and Albert into a custody fight. Mr. Groat is keeping his son Stan away from his grandfather Woolgar but the boy's deady illness causes Dr. Gordon to force a solution.

Season 2

Season 2, Episode 1: A Member of the Family: Part 1

23 September 1973
Jenny returns from school and immediately angers the new neighor Armstrong by spoiling his fox hunt. A scruffy waif called Ned arrives at the Gordon's house and claims to be Amy's nephew. He refuses to follow the simplest of rules and tensions escalate with Armstrong.

Season 2, Episode 2: A Member of the Family: Part 2

30 September 1973
Ned's behavior creates tension in the Gordon household and when items start disappearing, he is suspected. An older man Simey followed Ned from London and is threatening him to cooperate. It's up to Black Beauty and the children to help Ned.

Season 2, Episode 3: The Outcast

7 October 1973
Ned is caught in a lie by Dr. Gordon and decides to run away, encountering a drifter mistreating a circus pony. After Ned intervenes, the pony adopts him, leading to the man Rundle accusing him of theft. The misunderstandings escalate but are cleared up after Ned becomes a hero rescuing Squire Armstrong's daughter.

Season 2, Episode 4: Good Neighbours

14 October 1973
Briggs and his family are being evicted from one of the squire's cottages after his wife becomes ill. Dr. Gordon and his family become involved after Black Beauty is used in an escape while Jenny insists the Squire see the conditions his tenants live in.

Season 2, Episode 5: Mission of Mercy

21 October 1973
Ned ignores Dr. Gordon's warning about keeping Jonah the pony away from yew leaves, which could poison him. When Jonah does indeed become sick, Dr. Gordon cannot leave John Danby's ailing wife, so it is up to Jenny, Ned, and Black Beauty to save the pony's life.

Season 2, Episode 6: Battle of Wills

28 October 1973

Season 2, Episode 7: The Medicine Man

4 November 1973
Mr. Joskins is selling quack remedies and Dr. Gordon intervenes after they make several of his patients ill. To get revenge Joskins tampers with Beauty's girth strap which injures Kevin while he is riding. Albert intially blames saddle maker Surtees but ultimately discovers the true villain.

Season 2, Episode 8: Out of the Night

11 November 1973
While coming home late evening, Jenny and Ned catch glimpses of a mysterious figure in the shadows. Squire Armstrong again warns the Gordon household to stay away from his property but the children persist in investigating. A legend of an ancient treasure plays a part in the puzzle.

Season 2, Episode 9: Panic

18 November 1973
During a storm Squire Armstrong believes he was attacked by Black Beauty and promises if it happens again, Beauty will be destroyed. Jenny, Kevin, and Ned try to keep the horse contained but Beauty has a equine friend she must get to.

Season 2, Episode 10: The Challenge

25 November 1973
Charles Armstrong, the squire's nephew, arrives for a visit and soon quarrels with Albert and Ned. The boys are warned away from the sheep, who are about to lamb but one of them chooses not to during a race. Among the consequences is a struggle where Albert and Charles end up at the bottom of mine shaft.

Season 2, Episode 11: Pocket Money

2 December 1973
There's been a drought causing a shortage of oats for Black Beauty. Ned works at the squire's stable to earn money for Aunt Amy's present, where he learns Potter is stealing oats and selling them secretly. Ned is not believed and Jenny is shut in a grain bin when they try to expose him. Beauty must come to the rescue.

Season 2, Episode 12: The Quarry

9 December 1973
Dr. Gordon and Black Beauty head to the quarry after a blast goes wrong and men are injured. Lawson is fired by the squire for negligence and in revenge he steals cash and horses, including Beauty. Beauty escapes, alerting Jenny and Kevin, who endanger themselves trying to stop Lawson.

Season 2, Episode 13: The Secret of Fear

16 December 1973
Mr. Duncan, an old acquaintance of Dr. Gordon, asks for a letter of recommendation and is refused. Duncan vows revenge and hypnotizes Jenny to fear Black Beauty. Everyone is mystified until Albert starts to learn the truth.

Season 2, Episode 14: Lost: Part 1

23 December 1973
Simey returns, seeking retribution on the Gordons for his time in prison. With his cohort Brit, they trick Ned, taking him and Black Beauty captive. Simey tries to sell Beauty to first Waggs, than at a market giving Ned a chance to escape.

William Lucas ... Dr. James Gordon
Charlotte Mitchell ... Amy Winthrop

Stacy Dorning ... Jenny Gordon
Roderick Shaw ... Kevin Gordon
Stephen Garlick ... Ned Lewis

Mike Pratt ... Simey
Michael Turner ... Waggs
Kenneth Thornett ... Police Constable Dickins
Kenneth Watson ... Mr. Jones
Kim Smith ... Bri
Tina Heath ... Rosie Jones (credit only)

Martin Boddey ... Auction Manager
Cyril Cross ... Farmer

Michael Culver ... Squire Armstrong (credit only)

Season 2, Episode 15: Lost: Part 2

23 December 1973
Ned returns to the Gordons, having escaped from his abduction, but the constable doubts his story. Simey sells Beauty to Waggs but he escapes, attempting to return home. Beauty arrives at the Jones farm and is adopted by the young Rosie, who renames the horse Mike. Kevin, Ned and Jenny keep hoping for Black Beauty's return.

Season 2, Episode 16: Lost Godess

30 December 1973
Squire Armstrong inherited a religious Indian idol from his grandfather and is outraged when it's stolen. Rana, a visitor to the community, is befriended by Jenny and Ned. He appears to have ties to the missing statue and Squire decides to act on his suspicions.

Season 2, Episode 17: Where's Jonah?

6 January 1974
Ned spends his time playing circus with Jonah instead of doing chores, angering Dr. Gordon. Ned decides to run away when Alf and Wilt, two circus journeymen, ride through but they con him out of Jonah. Ned and the doctor need Black Beauty's help to get the pony back.

Season 2, Episode 18: The Horse Breaker

20 January 1974
Albert takes Black Beauty for a run against Dr. Gordon's wishes and he forbids Kevin and Albert from riding the horse without permission. The boys have a falling out and Albert heads to the Grainger farm where he presents himself as an experienced trainer. He is tested when he gets on a dangerous stallion.

Season 2, Episode 19: A Long Hard Run

27 January 1974
T. Otis Waygood and Dolly arrive in the village and Dolly, over Jenny's objections, borrows Beauty for a fast gallop. The squire is intrigued and sets up a match race between Jenny and Dolly. Ned recognizes the shady Waygood from his days in London and wonders what he's up to.

Season 2, Episode 20: Goodbye Beauty

3 February 1974
Paperwork is discovered revealing Black Beauty doesn't belong to the Gordons. The lawyer Crevache refuses to listen to reason so Jenny takes off with Beauty to keep him from being taken. In the end Black Beauty will decide who he should be with.

Season 2, Episode 21: The Escape

10 February 1974
There are new inhabitants in the Eglinton manor with Kevin and Albert coming upon a young Cecily running away from her uncle. Joshua Eglinton claims to Dr. Gordon his niece has a nervous disposition and needs to be kept alone, but Kevin disobeys his father to rescue her. Albert dresses as Cecily allowing Kevin and Black Beauty time to save the young lady from her relative's nefarious intentions.

Season 2, Episode 22: A Ribbon for Beauty

17 February 1974
Ned is spending time with George downing trees while Jenny is excited about a party invite from Frances Bazely. Dr. Gordon asks Ned to escort Jenny but right before George is hurt by a fallen tree. Ned needs help from Beauty and Jenny to help his injured friend.

Season 2, Episode 23: The Last Charge

3 March 1974
Kevin and Albert enjoy listening to the tales of Corporal Donovan, who claims to have been in the Light Brigade but Albert has his doubts. When men claiming to be the squire's employees evict Donovan, the boys come to his aid and with Beauty's help uncover stolen goods.

William Lucas ... Dr. James Gordon
Charlotte Mitchell ... Amy Winthrop (credit only)

Michael Culver ... Squire Armstrong

Stacy Dorning ... Jenny Gordon (credit only)
Roderick Shaw ... Kevin Gordon
Tony Maiden ... Albert Clifton

Patrick Magee ... Cpl. Donovan
Dan Meaden ... Olroyd
Vernon Morris ... Paxton
Kenneth Thornett ... Police Constable Dickins
John Gatrell ... Butler

Season 2, Episode 24: Race Against Time

3 March 1974

Season 2, Episode 25: Game of Chance

10 March 1974
Dr. Gordon and Amy head to the city, leaving the youngsters on their own and arguing about who will ride Black Beauty. Albert sneaks off with Beauty to a carnival and loses the horse to shyster Teapot over a shill game debt. Kevin, Jenny, Ned, and Beauty must aid Albert in dealing with his blunder.

Season 2, Episode 26: The Last Roundup

27 March 1974
Mr. Coomb's dog is injured in one of the squire's traps and the older man doesn't know how he will watch his sheep. Dr. Gordon volunteers Kevin and Albert, who do their best but the sheep start mysteriously disappearing. Albert uncovers a rustling operation but needs Beauty's help to prove it.

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