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Season: 1
Year: 1958 | 1959

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: The Emperor's Hat

15 September 1958
Overrun by Austrians, and ruled by the evil tyrant, Landburgher Gessler, Switzerland soon forms a resistance movement. One such band is led by William Tell.

Season 1, Episode 2: The Hostages

22 September 1958
Annoyed by Tell's activities, Gessler issues orders to have the archer arrested - but Tell has disappeared. Not to be outdone, Gessler seizes six villagers as hostages: each of them will die - unless Tell returns within 12 hours.

Season 1, Episode 3: Secret Death

29 September 1958
When his wife is captured by Gessler's troops and sentenced to death, Tell offers himself in exchange - a dangerous move? Not when you have the loyalty of several trustworthy supporters.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
Jennifer Jayne ... Hedda Tell
Willoughby Goddard ... Gessler
Peter Hammond ... Captain Hofmanstahl
Jack Lambert ... Judge Furst
Peter Welch ... 1st Guard
Howard Lang ... Schmidt
Sidney James ... Schaffner

Season 1, Episode 4: The Gauntlet of St. Gerhardt

6 October 1958
A religious relic, the Gauntlet of St Gerhardt, appears to inspire the Swiss to feats of valour. Gessler makes plans to steal it by having the Abbot who guards it killed. Tell, however, has other plans.

Season 1, Episode 5: The Prisoner

13 October 1958
On his way to deliver a message to William Tell, a resistance man is captured and taken to a secluded fortress. It appears Tell will learn his secret - but the resistance leader has other plans.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
Jennifer Jayne ... Hedda Tell
Bruce Seton ... Bullinger
Jerry Verno ... Petitpierre

Michael Caine ... Max
John Howard Davies ... Karl
Keith Pyott ... Erlanger
Richard Shaw ... Tasker
James Booth ... Karl's Cellmate (uncredited)
Willoughby Goddard ... Gessler (uncredited)
Howard Lang ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
Richard Rogers ... Walter Tell (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 6: Voice in the Night

20 October 1958
After a disagreement with Gessler, Judge Furst is thrown into a dungeon. His clerk - a secret Austrian collaborator - is appointed Judge in his place, but Tell plans to expose him.

Season 1, Episode 7: The Assassins

27 October 1958
Two Swiss collaborators, arrested by Gessler for murdering Prince Karl, are given a chance to save their necks from the hangman's noose. They must discover Tell's hiding kill him.

Season 1, Episode 8: The Baroness

3 November 1958
When her husband is invited to visit the castle of a beautiful baroness who says she is being blackmailed, Hedda, suspecting the woman of working for Gessler, follows Tell and uncovers a devious plot.

Season 1, Episode 9: The Elixir

10 November 1958
A local monastery, run by Italian monks, is making a delicious brew, then donating the proceeds to founding a school for Swiss children. Never one to pass up an opportunity to swell his coffers, Gessler arrests the holy men.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
Jennifer Jayne ... Hedda Tell (credit only)
Richard Rogers ... Walter Tell
Willoughby Goddard ... Gessler
Jack Watling ... Captain Ferdinand
John McCarthy ... Brother Jules
Hamlyn Benson ... Gatekeeper
Ian Wallace ... Father Abbott

Season 1, Episode 10: The Suspect

17 November 1958
Tell must prove a young girl innocent of the charge of giving information to the Austrians about secret arms shipment secret arms shipments to the resistance workers. If he doesn't, the girl will be hanged by the townspeople.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
Tommy Duggan ... Waldmann (as Thomas C Duggan)
John McCarthy ... Emil
Harold Scott ... Gaston Brand
Peter Bennett ... Ludwick Gruner
Edward Judd ... Austrian Officer
Sheila Raynor ... Josephine Brand
Marianne Benet ... Dagma Brand

Season 1, Episode 11: The Cuckoo

24 November 1958
Early every morning, Gessler is awakened by a cuckoo. At his wits' end, his problem is compounded further when he receives a message from the Emperor demanding taxes Gessler hasn't yet collected.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
Jennifer Jayne ... Hedda Tell
Richard Rogers ... Walter Tell
Willoughby Goddard ... Gessler
Peter Hammond ... Captain Hofmanstahl
Jack Watling ... Captain Ferdinand
David Davenport ... Sergeant-at-Arms
George Benson ... Conrad
Howard Lang ... Armour (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 12: The Bear

1 December 1958
When his son joins Tell's group, and refuses to return home, the Bear, a robber, swears to seek revenge on Tell and his followers. As events turn out, the two men form an uneasy an uneasy but beneficial alliance.

Season 1, Episode 13: The Magic Powder

8 December 1958
Doctor Klein, a scientist working for Gessler, invents an explosive powder for use in road-making. When his employer decides to use the invention for warfare. Klein seeks refuge with William Tell - who has greater need of such a discovery.

Season 1, Episode 14: The Golden Wheel

15 December 1958
Having discovered where the resistance hides its funds, Gessler make plans to stop further money reaching them. As always, he has reckoned without William Tell's interference - and the Landburgher's coffers suffers as a result.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
Willoughby Goddard ... Gessler
Derek Godfrey ... Captain Wolfgang

Patrick Troughton ... Hanzler
Charles Ross ... Fritz
Richard Warner ... Headman of Dosten

Season 1, Episode 15: The Bride

22 December 1958
Maddelenna is being forcibly taken to Altdorf Castle as a bride for Gessler. Tell sees this as an opportunity to reach their enemy a lesson, but his wife Hedda is not so sure.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
Willoughby Goddard ... Gessler

Nadja Regin ... Maddelena (as Nadja Regen)
Glyn Owen ... Anton

Nigel Green ... Fertog (The Bear)
Mary Webster ... Marthe
Richard Bebb ... Captain Huber
Lloyd Lamble ... Colonel

Derren Nesbitt ... Master -at- Arms (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 16: Boy Slaves

29 December 1958
Can Tell trust the word of his enemy? He must, if he is to obtain the release of several young boys whom Gessler is holding as slaves in a labour camp. Alone and unarmed he may be - but Tell has an ace up his sleeve.

Season 1, Episode 17: The Young Widow

5 January 1959
Having escaped from Gessler 's troops, Tell and his wife are given refuge by the beautiful Countess von Marheim. Recognising her guests, Paul, her servant, threatens to inform Gessler of their whereabouts - unless the Countess agrees to marry him.

Season 1, Episode 18: Landslide

12 January 1959
Tell comes face to face with his exact double - an Austrian imported by Gessler to impersonate the resistance leader and rob Swiss peasants. But which of the look-alikes is which? Gessler's attemps to find out cost him dearly.

Season 1, Episode 19: The Trap

19 January 1959
By using a traitor planted in Tell's camp, Gessler plans to smash the resistance movement in one swoop. But even the best laid schemes are prone to failure - as the Landburgher soon discovers.

Season 1, Episode 20: The Shrew

26 January 1959
Hedda, lured away by a message that her sister is ill, finds herself an unwilling pawn in Gessler's latest plot to squash the resistance. Confident that this time Tell will be taken, the Austrian is in for a surprise.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
Jennifer Jayne ... Hedda Tell
Willoughby Goddard ... Gessler
Roy Godfrey ... Honest Karl
Joanna Dunham ... Gretel Furst
Keith Pyott ... Hans Grubber
John Salew ... Colonel von Wentzel
Harriette Johns ... Gertrude von Wentzel
Richard Shaw ... Captain Hoover (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 21: The Manhunt

2 February 1959
Trapped on an island owned by Prince Erik, a man who enjoys hunting prey, Tell's careers appears to be at the end - but helps arrives from a most unexpected quarter, and the resistance leader finds a new ally.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
Kevin Stoney ... Heinrich
Scot Finch ... Peter

Christopher Lee ... Prince Erik
Leslie Perrins ... Count Hegel
Cyril Chamberlain ... Vogel

Season 1, Episode 22: The Killer

9 February 1959
Accused of murdering a partisan helper and stealing his gold, Tell must find a way to prove his innocence - and that's not so easy when you suspect one of your accusers of being the real killer.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
Willoughby Goddard ... Gessler
Derek Godfrey ... Burgomaster
Monica Grey ... Frau Anna
Kevin Stoney ... Strauss
Sally Travers ... Frau Strauss

Richard Vernon ... Merchant
Alex Scott ... Klaus

Season 1, Episode 23: The Surgeon

16 February 1959
Seriously wounded, Tell is taken to the home a Swiss surgeon. To throw Gessler off their trail. Tell's followers pretends their leader is stricken with the plague. Will their ruse work? Tell's life depends on the outcome.

Season 1, Episode 24: The Ensign

23 February 1959
When faced with conflict between duty and conscience, Fritz, a young Austrian soldier, unexpectedly turns not to Gessler, but to William Tell for help - a move which places the resistance leader's life in great peril.

Season 1, Episode 25: The Unwelcome Stranger

9 March 1959
Investigating why people from the swordmaking village of Linzon have stopped sending arms his headquarters. Tell's visit to the community is treated with an air of suspicion. What's more, the villagers are anxious to get rid of him. Why?
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
David de Keyser ... Karl
Susan Travers ... Dina
Peter Swanwick ... Hofer

Derren Nesbitt ... Martin
John McCarthy ... Heinz
Norman Macowan ... Andreas
John Maxim ... Captain Markheim

Season 1, Episode 26: The Avenger

16 March 1959
When Tell investigates why two envoys disappeared while on their way to him to discuss a treaty of friendship, he uncovers a greater mystery - one that threatens to engulf his family and will ultimately test the loyalty of his followers.

Season 1, Episode 27: The Bandit

23 March 1959
When one of his men fails to return from a mission to Rinaldo, a rival resistance leader,Tell suspect treachery. Unknown to him, a bandit is in the area, under orders from Gessler, seeking to cast doubt on Tell's activities.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
Brian Rawlinson ... Rinaldo
Maurice Kaufmann ... Carl
Kenneth Cope ... Marco
William Abney ... Fritz Reinhart
Simone Lovell ... Eva Reinhart
Robert Raglan ... Hans
Michael Peake ... Landlord
Willoughby Goddard ... Gessler (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 28: Gessler's Daughter

30 March 1959
When his daughter Anna kidnapped and held for ransom. Gessler knows of only one man who can help him obtain her release his arch arch enemy, Willian Tell. But can he swallow his pride long enough to meet Tell on neutral ground?

Season 1, Episode 29: The General's Daughter

6 April 1959
While collecting provisions from a Swiss patriot, the Bear is captured and flung into Gessler's dungeons. Tell must devise an ingenious method of engineering his friend's release.

Season 1, Episode 30: The Raid

13 April 1959
Disguised as Austrian soldier. Tell and Hans enter the fortress at Schwartzburg. Thier mission is to seize arms needed by the resistance - but disaster strikes when Tell is recognised by a guard.

Season 1, Episode 31: Castle of Fear

20 April 1959
Visiting Werner Castle to track down the murderer of a resistance leader, Tell finds himself involved in a deadly game of fear and intrigued - with his own life offered to to the victor.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell

Ferdy Mayne ... Gustaf
Edwin Richfield ... Eric
Keith Rawlings ... Hans
Alan Rowe ... Anton
Erik Chitty ... Klein
Caroline Denzil ... Eva
William Dexter ... Klaus (as William Peacock)

Season 1, Episode 32: The Black Brothers

27 April 1959
Stealing arms intended for the Swiss resistance movement is crime enough, but when three Italian rogues compound their crime by attempting to sell the weapons to William Tell, they have cause for concerns.

Season 1, Episode 33: The Lost Letter

4 May 1959
So anxious is he to read a letter from Judge Furst informing William Tell of the location of a large arms shipment. Gessler fails to realise that the missive is in the sole of his own boot. When finding it, the hapless Austrian really puts his foot into it.

Season 1, Episode 34: Secret Weapon

11 May 1959
The resistance leader and the Bear set out to investigate reports that Gessler is erecting new fortifications along the Swiss coastline. Should the rumour be confirmed, it will effectively cut off the resistance group's escape route.

Season 1, Episode 35: The Master Spy

18 May 1959
Armed with a new 'secret weapon' - Mara, a beautiful, but highly dangerous spy known only as the Shadow - Gessler lures Tell and his followers into a trap. Could this spell the end of Tell's fight for free freedom?

Season 1, Episode 36: The Traitor

25 May 1959
Certain that no one knows their whereabouts, Tell and his wife visits a friendly resistance leader's camp. During their journey home, they are attacked by a gang of rogues.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
Jennifer Jayne ... Hedda Tell
Bruce Seton ... General Bullinger
Charles Ross ... Major

Derren Nesbitt ... Sergeant
Richard Clarke ... Sentry
Neil Hallett ... Rothman
William Lucas ... Fritz Kramer

Season 1, Episode 37: The Spider

1 June 1959
Hearing that a ruthless Austrian commander, nicknamed the Spider, has captured two of his men and threatens to torture them unless they divulge the location of Tell's camp, the resistance leader infiltrates the Spider's ranks.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
John Horsley ... Klaus
Howard Pays ... Johann
Robert Cawdron ... Captain
Trevor Reid ... Von Brenen
Shelagh Wilcocks ... Gerda (as Sheelah Wilcock)

Deborah Watling ... 1st Child

Donald Pleasence ... The Spider

Season 1, Episode 38: The Mountain People

8 June 1959
A beautiful young girl, rescued by Tell from a troop of Austrian soldiers, leads him into a situation from resistance leader barely escapes with his wife - and reputation - intact.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
James Booth ... Josef
Terence Cooper ... Capt. Kraus
Maureen Davis ... Eve
John Dearth ... Major Richter

Catherine Finn ... Margit
Fred Johnson ... Father
Lee Montague ... Sgt. Johann

Michael Crawford ... Youth (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 39: Undercover

14 June 1959
Hearing that a close friend, an agent to the Emperor, has died, Tell enters enemy territory disguised as a trader. He intends to rescue Magdalen, the Emperor's daughter - but things go disastrously wrong.
Conrad Phillips ... William Tell
Derek Bond ... Emperor
Jill Browne ... Magda
Ian Colin ... Michaelis

John Longden ... Reinhardt
David Peel ... Sebastian
Stanley Van Beers ... Chancellor
Peter Welch ... Johann

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