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A golden oldie! I was a big fan of Silas which was shown on the BBC in the early eighties, but also remember this being a fave a few years before. I was very young and can barely remember it, but do remember I found it exciting as a kid! :-p

Amazon.co.uk Review

The Flashing Blade is a tale of high adventure set in 1630 as the dashing Chevalier de Recci (Robert Etcheverry) undertakes a dangerous mission across occupied territory to avert war between France and Spain. This 13-episode serial was made for French television in 1967, and in dubbed form regularly shown on the BBC during school holidays from 1969 through the 1970s (usually when 1965's Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was having a rest). This release is aimed at that generation who, from the spine-tingling theme song onward, remember the show with tremendous affection. Like the classic Hollywood movie serials, each 23-minute episode packs in a couple of action sequences; some plot twists, a little comic relief and very variable acting and costumes. For a children's programme the story is remarkably complex, and takes a while to gather pace. The colours have faded, the use of classical music is clumsy, but the dubbing is surprisingly accomplished. The swashbuckling action is at odds with the more serious historical drama, but viewed with nostalgia The Flashing Blade is thoroughly entertaining vintage TV. --Gary S Dalkin

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#1
Used to love the theme tune at the start.
#2
eldudereno
Used to love the theme tune at the start.


Go on- treat yourself....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-ZEDNkZ2L4
#3
Youve got to fight for what you want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Heat:thumbsup:
#4
Same price at Tesco

£3.99 at Play

Don't forget Quidco....
#5
Hot just for the flashback.
#6
Have some heat for this,ahhh summer hols,jumpers for goalposts,ouch ,foul!!!,rubbing shins
#7
Badly dubbed Saturday morning nostalgia.

That and Robinson Crusoe, Heidi, Champion The Wonder Horse, Casey Jones.

Sniff, I'm getting maudlin now.:thinking:
#8
Bad Actor ... you must be a forty something like me as I feel the same!
#9
Ahhh! Them were the days :-D

Midge
#10
Q-Tec
Bad Actor ... you must be a forty something like me as I feel the same!


I am:thumbsup:

45 actually.
banned#11
Bad Actor;8735813
Badly dubbed Saturday morning nostalgia.

That and Robinson Crusoe, Heidi, Champion The Wonder Horse, Casey Jones.

Sniff, I'm getting maudlin now.:thinking:

champion the wonder horse ,now there was a show..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAPl21VFuRk i remember hearing this tune from in my pram.:whistling:
#12
Heat for the good old saturday mornings.
#13
IIRC they were not badly dubbed but completely rewritten. the french originals were serious and the british redubs were made into a comedy by writing their own script that was nothing to do with the original.

Hated this series when I was a kid (and Robinson Crusoe, Heidi, Champion The Wonder Horse, Casey Jones.) but worst of all was the Lightning Tree. arghhhhhhh.
#14
Bad Actor
I am:thumbsup:

45 actually.


Lol ... I'm 43 :)
#15
MadBob
IIRC they were not badly dubbed but completely rewritten. the french originals were serious and the british redubs were made into a comedy by writing their own script that was nothing to do with the original.

Hated this series when I was a kid (and Robinson Crusoe, Heidi, Champion The Wonder Horse, Casey Jones.) but worst of all was the Lightning Tree. arghhhhhhh.


You mean Follyfoot?
#16
MadBob
IIRC they were not badly dubbed but completely rewritten. the french originals were serious and the british redubs were made into a comedy by writing their own script that was nothing to do with the original.


Are you perhaps confusing this 70s English version with the "On The Waterfront" Saturday morning parody version broadcast in the 80s?

In 1988, the series was re-dubbed by Andrew O'Connor, Kate Copstick, Bernadette Nolan and Terry Randall to produce a spoof version, which was broadcast on the children's Saturday morning show On the Waterfront. The scripts for the new comic soundtrack were written by the latterly award-winning dramatist Russell T. Davies.


LINK

The version on this DVD is the straight version, not a comedy.

The Flashing Blade (Le Chevalier Tempête) is a French television serial made in the late 1960s, which was broadcast in the UK on BBC children's television during the 1960s, with several re-runs in the 1970s.

Dubbed from French into English, the action was set in 17th century France, during the War of the Mantuan Succession (1628–1631) between France and Spain and its allies including the Duchy of Savoy
#17
dvdvicar
You mean Follyfoot?


Probably referring to "The Singing Ringing Tree", another European dubbed series.
#18
MadBob
IIRC they were not badly dubbed but completely rewritten. the french originals were serious and the british redubs were made into a comedy by writing their own script that was nothing to do with the original.

Hated this series when I was a kid (and Robinson Crusoe, Heidi, Champion The Wonder Horse, Casey Jones.) but worst of all was the Lightning Tree. arghhhhhhh.


There were two versions. The original version translated and dubbed in the late 60s and early 70s and a spoof version (so called Waterfront version), which was very funny, broadcast in 1988. I can remember both.

Spoof version:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT-LzlEbaCE
#19
There were two versions of the Flashing Blade. The first was broadcast in the late 60s early 70s and was translated and dubbed. The second (Waterfront) version was a spoof using the original action scenes dubbed with with a comic dialogue, broadcast in 1988.

Spoof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbnbQPVqi18
#20
Bad Actor
Badly dubbed Saturday morning nostalgia.

That and Robinson Crusoe, Heidi, Champion The Wonder Horse, Casey Jones.

Sniff, I'm getting maudlin now.:thinking:



Does anyone remember the one with 'Greensleeves' played at the end?

Champion the Wonder Horse was 'champion'
#21
Another Forty-Something here:roll:
Had a nostalgia kick last year where I got the Flashing Blade series, also bought the previously mentioned Robinson Crusoe and Casey Jones.

The other one from same era which i was pleased to find was the helicopter series "Whirlybirds"

Excellent stuff!

Me getting old?..... nah. (Anyway must go for my nap:-D)
#22
I love the theme tune but when I saw clips of this show recently I realised it really is unwatchably horrendous.
#23
Black Mac


oooh, the memories, thanks
#24
MadBob
IIRC they were not badly dubbed but completely rewritten. the french originals were serious and the british redubs were made into a comedy by writing their own script that was nothing to do with the original.

Hated this series when I was a kid (and Robinson Crusoe, Heidi, Champion The Wonder Horse, Casey Jones.) but worst of all was the Lightning Tree. arghhhhhhh.


I thought for a second you meant The Singing, Ringing Tree, but I think your on about a series called Follyfoot, which I don't remember.

Weird, of the ones you listed that I've actually seen, I love them all.
#25
Does anyone remember the aeronaughts - B&W french series about airforce pilots - can't find anything on youtube?
#26
r401caw
Does anyone remember the aeronaughts - B&W french series about airforce pilots - can't find anything on youtube?


Yes, I remember it. Wasn't very good if I recall.

I loved Champion the Wonder horse and The Whirlybirds.
#27
This has gone way back before my generation. I'm lost with all the old programmes mentioned here now! :lol: They sound great though :thumbsup:
#28
eldudereno
Used to love the theme tune at the start.


me too, took me along time to remember the name just remembered charging horsemen at the beginning :thumbsup:
#29
odd i thought this was on sunday mornings just after nancy kominski painting show thing?

maybe it was on a saturday, either way i remember it being awesome and i broke 2 plastic swords fighting the 2 apple trees at the top of my garden thanks to this show. ( i was a child then).
#30
Didn't she paint with knives?

Or am I imagining that?
#31
Q-Tec
Didn't she paint with knives?

Or am I imagining that?


she did indeed paint with oil paint and oil knives. she used to draw squares on the canvass and then do it square by square i recall.

ahh those were the days, when i thought that frosties and rice crispies when they said they have 5 vitamins on the box, i checked the pack for the vitamins and was disapointed each time i couldnt find them in the pack.
mind you there was also a refreshers sweet advert when starwars came out and a kid opened his refreshers pack and it turned into a light sabre, the amount of pocket money i went through trying to get a pack which turned into a light sabre is embarassing. i never did find one which turned into a light sabre
#32
Thankfully I can't find a White Horses DVD set anywhere.
I'm resisting the pressure to buy Flashing Blade and Robinson Crusoe.
I did buy the Swiss Family Robinson film not long ago and our 7 year old watches it regularly. :thumbsup:
#33
£5.37 now.

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