The Young Cyrus (1954a)

UK, 18 March
broadcast live, black and white, 4:3
mono, English

A British fantasy television play. This was the first of two live presentations of the same play, the second being broadcast on 21 March 1954.

Plot Summary

Astyages, king of the Medes, is haunted by dreams that his grandson will one day unite the kingdom against him. When the child is born, Astyages is given a prophecy by his soothsayer and Harpagus is sent to kill the child.


Produced by: Dorothea Brooking
By: Rhoda Power
Settings by: Stuart Marshall

Martin Benson (Astyages, king of the Medes)
Wilfred Walter (Harpagus, confidant of Astyges)
Gordon Phillot (a wise man)
Mona Lilian (Spaca, the cowherd's wife)
Dawson France (Cyrus, grandson of Astyges)
John Levitt (Atradates)
John Allen (Atembares, father of Atradates)
Harry Lane (a Median guard)
Marcia Manolescue, Leonard Davey, Barrie Martin (three friends of Cyrus)



  • Radio Times vol.122 no.1583 (12 March 1954) p.38 – credits