Legend of Young Dick Turpin, The (television)

Legend of Young Dick Turpin, The (television) Two-part television show; aired on February 13 and 20, 1966. Directed by James Neilson. The life of an English highwayman from the 18th-century is chronicled. When he loses his possessions as the result of a fine for poaching, he steals back his horse, only to become sought as a horse thief. Turpin befriends a boy who eventually helps him escape from prison in London, and he is able to clear his name. Stars David Weston, Bernard Lee, George Cole, Maurice Denham, Leonard Whiting. Four years later, Whiting played Romeo in Franco Zefferelli’s acclaimed version of Romeo and Juliet. Newcomer David Weston was advised by Richard Burton to try a film career.