Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Highlander, The [tv]

US tv series (1992-current). Rysher Entertainment & Gaumont International/ Syndicated. Pr Ken Gord. Exec pr Peter Davis and Bill Panzer, Christian Charret and Marla Ginzberg. Dir Ray Austin and many others. Writers David Abramowitz and many others. Based on the Highlander movies. Created by Gregory Widen. Novelizations Highlander: The Element of Fire (1995) by Jason Henderson; Highlander: Scimitar (1996) by Ashley McConnell. Starring Philip Akin (Charlie DeSalvo), Jim Byrnes (Joe Dawson), Elizabeth Gracen (Amanda), Lisa Howard (Dr Anne Lindsey), Stan Kirsch (Richie Ryan), Christopher Lambert (Connor MacLeod – pilot only), Adrian Paul (Duncan MacLeod), Alexandra Vandernoot (Tessa Noël), Peter Wingfield (Adam Pierson/Methos). Color. 78 60-minute episodes to date.

Despite the movies, in this world there are many Immortals, the Gathering has just begun, and Connor MacLeod did not win the Prize back in 1985 or 1994. The series centres on Duncan MacLeod, clansman to Connor, born 400 years ago in Scotland and now battling Evil. Duncan discovers that he and the other Immortals have been under the scrutiny of a group known as The Watchers. While most Watchers are benign, a splinter group, The Hunters, is dedicated to killing Immortals. Not all stories involve the Watchers or Hunters; many concern people from Duncan's past who have resurfaced, often with a grudge against him or the Immortals in general. There is much swordplay. [BC]

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