Covington Cross


Covington Cross is a television series that was broadcast on ABC in the United States from August 25 to October 31, 1992. The series was created by Gil Grant, who was also executive producer.[1] The pilot episode also aired in the United Kingdom, six days after its American broadcast. The series was filmed and produced in the UK, by a British production company, but it was ultimately accountable to an American television network.

Covington Cross
Covington Cross Title Screen.jpg
Title screenshot
Also known asCharring Cross
Created byGil Grant
Written byBeverly Bridges
Chris Ruppenthal
Directed byWilliam Dear
Alister Hallum
StarringNigel Terry
Cherie Lunghi
James Faulkner
Jonathan Firth
Glenn Quinn
Ione Skye
ComposerCarl Davis
Country of origin
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (6 unaired in U.S.)
Executive producerGil Grant
Production locationsAllington Castle, Maidstone, Kent, England
Running time60 minutes
Production companyReeves Entertainment[1]
DistributorThames Television[1]
Original networkABC
Original releaseAugust 25 (1992-08-25) –
October 31, 1992 (1992-10-31)


Set in 14th-century England, the series follows the daily intrigues of Sir Thomas Grey, a widower, and his sons and daughter. Covington Cross is the name of Sir Thomas' castle. His children are eldest son, Armus; the serious Richard; free spirited Cedric; and strong-willed daughter, Eleanor. Another son, William, appeared in the pilot episode, but was then directed by the program's writers to fight in the Crusades. Also featuring in Sir Thomas's life is his love interest, Lady Elizabeth.


Production and broadcastEdit

The Great Hall at Penshurst Place, c. 1915

Thirteen episodes were produced, but only seven aired in the United States after ABC pulled the series from the air in November 1992.[2] The series was an expensive show to produce, thanks to overseas production costs. Most of the cast and crew were British.[1] Once, the show was preempted when its timeslot was bought by businessman Ross Perot for infomercials in an attempt to raise his poll numbers during his independent run for president.[3]

According to a Los Angeles Times article, it was "one of the few American prime-time shows ever to be shot entirely on location in England",[1] with much of the filming was done in and around castles in the English countryside. Allington Castle was used for the exterior scenes, while Penshurst Place in Kent were used for the interior scenes.[4] The village set was filmed at Shepperton Studios, and it was later reused in the sixth season of British television series Red Dwarf as the Gelf village in the episode "Emohawk: Polymorph II".[5]

The pilot episode also aired in the United Kingdom, six days after its American broadcast,[6] but the remainder of the series was not shown there, although it was originally intended that the full series would air in Britain in 1993.[6] The program was also broadcast in Ireland in 1994,[7] and in France in 1993 on M6.[8]


No.TitleDirected by [9]Original air date
1"Pilot"William DearAugust 25, 1992 (1992-08-25)
2"Armus Returns"James KeachSeptember 19, 1992 (1992-09-19)
3"Outlaws"James KeachSeptember 26, 1992 (1992-09-26)
4"Cedric Hits the Road"Les LandonOctober 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)
5"The Hero"Les LandonOctober 10, 1992 (1992-10-10)
6"Blinded Passions"Joe NapolitanoOctober 24, 1992 (1992-10-24)
7"The Persecution"Francis MegahyOctober 31, 1992 (1992-10-31)
8"Eviction"Joe NapolitanoUnaired
9"The Trial"Herbert WiseUnaired
10"The Plague"Peter SasdyUnaired
11"Revenge"Alister HallumUnaired
12"Celebration"Herbert WiseUnaired
13"Brothers"Ian ToyntonUnaired


The show received mixed critical notice. Howard Rosenberg of Los Angeles Times was muted in his review of the show, describing it as a "pleasing, though occasionally plodding costume drama" that "brings a droll, self-mocking sense of humor to its Middle Ages saga."[10] Todd Everett of Variety praised the show for having "lots of color, production values and a script that doesn't take itself too seriously", further noting that "all tech credits are first rate, with a special nod to costume designer Barbara Lane."[11] However Entertainment Weekly found the show "ludicrous".[12] Tom Shales gave Covington Cross a negative review, declaring that "the show plays like a Mel Brooks spoof minus the spoofing". Shales added "Most of the young characters behave like spoiled tots plucked from the '90s and teleported back through the centuries... In other words, the series is historical drama in name only. It's really "Covington Cross, 90210"."[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e Jeff Kaye (August 21, 1992). "A Medieval 'Bonanza' : 'Covington Cross': Feudal Fun When Knights Were Bold". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  2. ^ Beth Kleid (November 9, 1992). "Morning Report – Television". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-07-06. Crossed Off: ABC has pulled "Covington Cross" and "Crossroads" from its Saturday-night schedule.
  3. ^ Beth Kleid (October 12, 1992). "Morning Report – Television". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-07-06. An hour-long infomercial with Ross Perot boosting his independent presidential campaign will preempt ABC's "Covington Cross" between 8 and 9 p.m. on Saturday.
  4. ^ "Covington Cross (1992)". Kent Film Office. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  5. ^ Chris Howarth; Steve Lyons (1997). Red Dwarf: programme guide - Part 4. p. 126.
  6. ^ a b "BBC1". The Times. August 31, 1992.
  7. ^ "Weekender". The Irish Independent. October 1, 1994.
  8. ^ "Samedi, 25 Septembre, 1993 M6 15.40 Covington Cross (série)". September 25, 1993.
  9. ^ From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Covington Cross"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  10. ^ Howard Rosenberg (August 25, 1992). "TV Reviews : 'Covington Cross': Pleasing, Though Plodding". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  11. ^ Todd Everett (August 25, 1992). "Review: 'Covington Cross'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  12. ^ "The fall 1992 TV preview: Saturday". Entertainment Weekly. September 11, 1992. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  13. ^ Tom Shales (August 25, 1992). "TV Reviews : Covington Cross: 'Tis Torture Forsooth". Washington Post. Retrieved 2021-10-21.

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