While Robin Hood was busy with his "steal from the rich and give to the poor" business, his pal Ivanhoe was equally busy making sure the English crown was protected from usurpers. In this rip-roaring television production, Sir Walter Scott's classic literary tale springs to life as Ivanhoe (Anthony Andrews) returns from the crusades to find his beloved England in disarray. Prince John (Ronald Pickup) tries to steal the throne from King Richard (Julian Glover), his lady love Rowena (Lysette Anthony) is engaged to another knight and there is persecution everywhere. What's a courageous knight to do? If you're Ivanhoe, you start swinging the sword of justice!