The Adventures of William Tell TV series was a 30 minute British action/adventure show that aired on ITV. It was about a Swiss man who is an expert with a crossbow and fights back against the Austrians who have taken over his nation and abused his fellow citizens.
William Tell CastConrad Phillips ............. William Tell
Jennifer Jayne .............. Hedda Tell
Richard Rogers .............. Walter Tell
Nigel Greene ................ "The Bear" Fertog
Willoughby Goddard .......... Landburgher Gessler
William Tell Theme Song
Lyrics By: "Harold Purcell"
Music: Adapted from the William Tell Overture by "Gioachino Rossini"
Performed By: "David Whitfield"Come away, come away with William Tell
Come away to the land he loved so well
What a day, what a day when the apple fell
For Tell and Switzerland
Come away with Tell to the mountainside
We are simple peasant folk
Hurry on, hurry on, there's a dungeon cell
We lived our lives, we loved our friends
But now the tyrant from the plains
Follow on, follow on, with the leaders feel
Give 'em one for the day they bared the grain
The shepherd's crook, the reaping hook
Come away, come away with William Tell
William Tell TriviaThe Adventures of William Tell theme song music in the United Kingdom used the same portion of the William Tell Overture that was used on the popular U.S. TV series, "The Lone Ranger". Therefore, a different portion of the overture was used when the series aired in the United States.
In the first episode, the Austrian conquerors put a copy of their Emperor's hat in the central square of every Swiss village and demanded that the people honor the hats. William Tell refused to bow to the "Emperor" and was arrested. As his punishment he was forced to shoot an apple off the head of his son, a task that the Austrian tyrants were sure would result in the boy's death. Tell was such an expert marksman that he split the apple right down its center and gave his people the will to resist the conquerors. That story was adapted from the original story of William Tell, written by Johann von Schiller.
Episodes List With Original Air Dates
The First And Only Season
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