FF. The Highlanders

Season Four (continued) - 1966/1967

Story Editor: Gerry Davis
Writers: Gerry Davis and Elwyn Jones
Produced by: Innes Lloyd
Director: Hugh David
Designer: Geoffrey Kirkland
Incidental Music: Stock
Fight Arranger: Peter Diamond (1,4)


The TARDIS materialises in Scotland, 1746 during the aftermath of the battle of Culloden. The Doctor attends to the wounds of the Highlanders' Laird, Colin McLaren.

While the Laird's daughter, Kirsty, and Polly go to fetch water the others are captured by the Redcoats under the command of Lieutenant Algernon Ffinch. Grey, a slave trader, takes the group into his custody.

The Doctor manages to escape, and begins to arm the Highlanders who are being held on board the stolen ship the Annabelle. The ship's captain, Trask, along with Grey, are overpowered and the ship is returned to its rightful owner, MacKay.

MacKay agrees to take the Scots to safety in France. The TARDIS de-materialises with a new member, a young piper named Jamie.

Regular Cast

  • Ben Jackson: Michael Craze
  • Polly Wright: Anneke Wills
  • Jamie McCrimmon: Frazer Hines

Guest Cast

  • The Laird (Colin McLaren): Donald Bissett
  • Kirsty McLaren: Hannah Gordon
  • Lieutenant Algernon Ffinch: Michael Elwyn
  • Solicitor Grey: David Garth
  • Cedric Perkins: Sydney Arnold
  • Sergeant: Peter Welch (1,3,4)
  • Alexander McLaren: William Dysart (1)
  • Captain Jebb Trask: Dallas Cavell (2-4)
  • Sentry: Tom Bowman (2)
  • Mollie: Barbara Bruce (2)
  • Willie McKay: Andrew Downie (3-4)
  • Sailor: Peter Diamond (4)
  • Colonel Attwood: Guy Middleton (4)
  • Drummer: Ken McGarvie
  • Wounded Highlander: Eric Mills
  • Woman at Inn: Nancy Gabriel
  • English Horseman: Reg Dent
  • Double for Kirsty: Andree Cameron
  • Extras: Gerry Alexander, Barry Ashton, Dennis Balcombe, Leslie Bates, Bill Beesley, Mike Britton, Derek Calder, Anthony Case, Gordon Craig, Jim Delaney, Pat Donohue, John Doye, Jack Duggan, Barry Du Pre, Jim Fitzgerald, Eden Fox, Keith Goodman, Pat Gorman, Dennis Haywood, Emmett Hennessy, Walter Henry, James Holbrook, Ernest Jennings, John Knott, Gordon Lang, Tony Lang, Jimmy Mack, Arthur Maguire, Derek Martin, Leon Maybank, Michael Mulcaster, Michael Owen, Paul Phillips, Dennis Plenty, Peter Roy, Patrick Scott, Donald Sinclair, Dennis Stanley, Harry Swift, Vic Taylor, Alan Troy, Hein Viljoen, James Walsh, David Waterman, Bob Wilyman

Original broadcast on the BBC

Channel Title Date Viewers Rating
BBC 1 141. Episode 1 Saturday, December 17, 1966 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 6.7M 47%
BBC 1 142. Episode 2 Saturday, December 24, 1966 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 6.8M 46%
BBC 1 143. Episode 3 Saturday, December 31, 1966 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 7.4M 47%
BBC 1 144. Episode 4 Saturday, January 7, 1967 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 7.3M 47%


  • Ealing Television Film Studios
  • Riverside Studio 1

Outside Locations

  • Frensham Ponds, Surrey

Working Titles