Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 15, 1958
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
UK
Network
ITV TV Network
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The Adventures of William Tell (UK)

Conrad Phillips stars in the 1950s action adventure series-William Tell.Set in the fourteenth century during the hostile Austrian occupation of Switzerland, William Tell is a reluctant freedom fighter, battling heroically against the tyranny of the invading forces. Theme Song Lyrics Come away come away with William Tell"To see the lyrics of this show's famous theme song see episode one"

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Gessler The Adventures of William Tell (UK)
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King-sized character actor from England who began his career with the Oxford Playhouse in 1943. Willoughby ...

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Gessler is the cruel and sadistic German governor sent to rule part of Switzerland in "William Tell".

It is not known how much of the Tell story is true, but legend has it that Gessler fixed his hat to the top of a pole in the middle of the square and demanded that everyone bow down to it as a sign of loyalty.

When William Tell, an archer, did not (either willfully or through sheer oversight, depending on how the story is told), Gessler had Tell arrested and demanded that Tell shoot an apple off his own son's head. Tell unwillingly did so, successfully splitting the apple in two. As Tell was about to leave, another arrow fell from his cloak. Gessler demanded what it was for, and Tell answered that he would have used it to kill Gessler if he (Tell) had accidentally killed his son. Later,

Tell escaped and did kill Gessler in revenge.



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01x07 - The Assassins
Season 1, Episode 07
01x13 - The Magic Powder
Season 1, Episode 13
01x02 - The Hostages
Season 1, Episode 02
01x28 - Gessler's Daughter
Season 1, Episode 28
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