ⓘ The Count of Monte Cristo, 1964 TV series. The Count of Monte Cristo is a British 12-part dramatization of the Alexandre Dumas novel of the same name. It was ma ..


ⓘ The Count of Monte Cristo (1964 TV series)

The Count of Monte Cristo is a British 12-part dramatization of the Alexandre Dumas novel of the same name. It was made by the BBC and was screened in the autumn of 1964. The series starred Alan Badel in the title role.


1. Premise

Edmond Dantes, a sailor, is falsely accused and imprisoned by three men who have various reasons to be jealous of him. After 14 years imprisoned in the Chateau dIf he escapes, and, after recovering a treasure hidden on the island of Monte Cristo revealed to him by the Abbe Faria, a fellow prisoner, he embarks on a campaign of revenge against those who have wronged him.


2. Cast

  • Morris Perry as Danglars
  • Richard Kay as Benedetto
  • Isobel Black as Eugenie Danglars
  • Edward de Souza as Maximilian Morel
  • Philip Madoc as Fernand Mondego
  • Patricia English as Mme. Villefort
  • David Calderisi as Jacopo
  • Alan Badel as Edmond Dantes
  • Michael Gough as Villefort
  • John Wentworth as Abbe Faria
  • Natasha Parry as Mercedes
  • Austin Trevor as Cavalcanti
  • Cyril Shaps as Bertuccio
  • Anthony Newlands as M. Morel
  • Michael Robbins as Caderousse
  • Valerie Sarruf as Haydee
  • Anna Palk as Valentine Villefort
  • Rosalie Crutchley as Mme. Danglars
  • Sandor Eles as Albert Morcerf

3. Production

The series was made in 12 episodes of 25 minutes each, with a total run time of 300 minutes. It was filmed in black and white and had an intense, theatrical style. The script remained largely faithful to the original plot, and is regarded as the best screen version of the story, with Badel as the definitive Count. The series was produced by Campbell Logan, and directed by Peter Hammond. The screenplay was by Anthony Steven.

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