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Drake's Venture (1980)

TV Movie  -  History  -  28 December 1980 (UK)
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Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates the world in search of adventure and treasure.

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Credited cast:
Charlotte Cornwell ...
Paul Darrow ...
Terence Budd ...
John Drake
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roger Adamson ...
Fletcher, the Chaplain
Paul Alexander ...
Ned Bright
Peter Cellier ...
Alan Downer ...
Nuno DelSilva
Michael Irving ...
Colin Matthews ...
English Gentleman
Sir Francis Wisingham
Michael Stroud ...
Admiral Winter
Michael Turner ...


Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates the world in search of adventure and treasure.

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16th century | 1570s | sailing







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28 December 1980 (UK)  »

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Rare but worth seeing
11 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This made-for-TV movie is hard to find now. It was shown in the US on PBS in the early '80s. I've not seen it since nor found many references for it.

It has a fine cast drawn mostly from British television. John Thaw (Francis Drake) is probably best known for playing the lead in the INSPECTOR MORSE series. Paul Darrow (Thomas Doughty) will be remembered as Avon in BLAKE'S 7. They are especially effective but all the cast does well.

The script is engaging and fairly accurate. A real replica of Drake's ship, THE GOLDEN HINDE, is used which adds to the verisimilitude, as do the costumes and sets. All in all, this is an excellent historical drama and I wish it were available on DVD.

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