Rosemary Sutcliff‘s historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth, which by 2011 had sold more than a million copies since its appearance in 1954 (according to publisher OUP), was made into a BBC TV series shot in Aberdeenshire in the 1970s.
Rosemary Sutcliff adored the portrayal of Marcus, the hero. As I have posted before, I thought ” I probably had” old old video tapes of hers in the attic. I do not, I find now on moving house.
Some readers here and ‘likers’ of the Facebook page have lobbied for a re-release or at least DVD. I have tried. Meanwhile John has been doing sterling work respondng to requests for DvDs (see below). And now there is some action about downloading with torrents (and I have managed to dowlaod the whole series and am loving it – I last watched it I think with Rosemary).
The TV series was broadcast in six episodes.
- Frontier Fort (4 September 1977)
- Esca (11 September 1977)
- Across the Frontier (18 September 1977)
- The Lost Legion (25 September 1977)
- The Wild Hunt (2 October 1977)
- Valedictory (9 October 1977)
Very tiny excerpts here.