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The Prisoner of Zenda 

An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped.






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Series cast summary:
Malcolm Sinclair ...  King Rudolf V / ... 6 episodes, 1984
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ...  Fritz von Tarlenheim 6 episodes, 1984
Pauline Moran ...  Antoinette de Mauban 6 episodes, 1984
Jonathon Morris ...  Rupert of Hentzau 6 episodes, 1984
John Woodvine ...  Colonel Sapt 6 episodes, 1984
Clyde Gabell Clyde Gabell ...  Krafstein 5 episodes, 1984
George Irving ...  Michael, Duke of Strelsau ('Black Michael') 5 episodes, 1984
Victoria Wicks ...  Princess Flavia 5 episodes, 1984
Ben Feitelson ...  De Gautet 4 episodes, 1984
David Landberg David Landberg ...  Bersonin 4 episodes, 1984
Michael Eriera Michael Eriera ...  Lavengram 3 episodes, 1984
Robin Langford Robin Langford ...  Detchard 3 episodes, 1984
John Moore John Moore ...  Josef 3 episodes, 1984
James Richardson James Richardson ...  Soldier 3 episodes, 1984
Derek Ware Derek Ware ...  Sergeant 3 episodes, 1984
George Waring George Waring ...  Prefect of Police 3 episodes, 1984
Robin Bowerman Robin Bowerman ...  Johann 2 episodes, 1984
Peter Copley ...  Marshal Strakencz 2 episodes, 1984
Peggy Shields Peggy Shields ...  Frau Holf 2 episodes, 1984


An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped.

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According to Barry Letts' memoirs, Douglas Camfield was going to direct but died a couple of days before shooting began. See more »


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One of the Very Best Versions Ever Made
21 July 2006 | by flavia18See all my reviews

My husband and I are great aficionados of this story, and we have every single version available (except the Peter Sellar's travesty) - and our only quibble is that he still thinks the Ronald Coleman version is the best, while I think *this* version is the best. But I admit that it's hardly fair to compare a black-and-white movie, with the necessary time constraints, to a color (gotta show that RED HAIR!) mini-series with a great deal more scope to develop the characters, etc.

I agree with the previous assessment of the British viewer about the cast, with the addition of saying that Victoria Weeks made a perfect Princess Flavia: a real grasp of the character as a person as well as a position - no cardboard/cookie cutter princess portrayal there. Malcolm Sinclair said that he felt it was rather obvious that he was very young and untried when he did the series, but I honestly can't see it.

Perhaps one of the best things about the series is the feel; contributed to by not just the setting - everything had the look and feel of a small country tucked away in the requisite Balkans - but the costumes as well were undeniably the best of any version made to date. People rarely think about costuming setting the mood, but with a period piece, it is crucial to get the clothes right, or no one buys that it's another time and place.

It's a crime, I tell you, a CRIME that the Beeb hasn't brought this out on video or DVD!!

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Release Date:

12 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Castell Coch, Wales, UK

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