Rupert of Hentzau (TV series)

Rupert of Hentzau is a 1964 British television series based on the novel Rupert of Hentzau, which ran for six half-hour episodes. It starred George Baker, Barbara Shelley, Peter Wyngarde, John Phillips, Tristram Jellinek, Sally Home and Derek Blomfield. It was recorded at the BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane, west London. All six episodes are listed as being lost.[1]


Three years after the events of the Prisoner of Zenda, Queen Flavia writes to her true love, an Englishman named Rudolf Rassendyll. The letter is intercepted by Rupert of Hentzau, an out-of-favour aristocrat, who sees a chance of re-establishing himself at court by bringing news of the letter to the Ruritanian King.

Rassendyll is forced to travel to Ruritania to help the Queen, and is then forced to take the place of the King once more following his assassination.


  • "The Queen's Goodbye":[2] 19 April 1964
  • "Return to Zenda":[3] 26 April 1964
  • "Audience with the King":[4] 3 May 1964
  • "The Wheel of Chance": 10 May 1964
  • "A Perilous Reunion": 17 May 1964
  • "The Decision of Fate": 24 May 1964


George BakerRudolf Rassendyll
Barbara ShelleyQueen Flavia
Peter WyngardeRupert of Hentzau
John PhillipsColonel Zapt
Tristram JellinekFritz von Tarlenheim
Sally HomeHelga von Tarlenheim
Derek BlomfieldCount Luzau-Rischenheim
John BreslinBauer
Mark BurnsLieutenant Bernenstein
Nora GordonMother Holf
Robert JamesJames
Amanda ReissRosa Holf

Theme music

Scherzo of Anton Bruckner's 7th symphony


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