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Queen of Swords

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Queen of Swords
Images.Queen of Swords .jpg
Premiere October 7, 2000
Finale June 2, 2001
Creator David Abramowitz,
Linda S. Lukens
see creation
Network/Provider Global (Canada)
Syndication (USA)
Style 44-minute action / adventure
Company Fireworks Entertainment
Seasons 1
Episodes 22
(List of episodes)
Origin Canada/Spain/UK co-production

Queen of Swords is an action / adventure series that aired in Syndication set in 19th Century Spanish California about the Daughter of a murdered Don who returns home, from Madrid, to find her home in ruins and the town of Santa Helena and the surrounding countryside under the control of an oppressive military governor. Compared with Zorro, but with it's own defined characters, all with secrets to hide explored over the 22 episodes, that set it apart. Lasted one season, but with worldwide reruns has gained cult status.



Actor Character
Main Cast
Tessie Santiago Tessa Alvarado
Peter Wingfield Dr. Robert Helm
Valentine Pelka Col. Luis Ramirez Montoya
Paulina Gálvez Marta
Elsa Pataky Vera Hidalgo
Tacho González Don Hidalgo
Anthony Lemke Capt. Marcus Grisham


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One October 7, 2000 June 2, 2001 22


DVD Releases

Official Japanese, Official French, and bootleg US versions
  • In Japan the series was released in 2004 on a NTSC Region 2 DVD with both dubbed Japanese and original English soundtracks, optional Japaneses subtitles and a 4:3 aspect ratio pan and scan. Two episodes are put together to make one 85 minute film per DVD. The episodes not on dvd are The Pretender and The Return. The DVD is available from[1]
  • In France the series was released in 2006 as Sous Le Signe De L'Epee on a PAL multi-region DVD with both dubbed French and original English soundtracks, optional French subtitles and a 16:9 aspect ratio as it was filmed. The episodes are in production order. This is available from
  • The series has not been officially released in the US or UK but the French version is now available , Amazon ca, and Amazon UK as an import.
Title Release Discs
Complete Series
Sous le Signe de L'épée
'French release (includes original English audio)'
March 16, 2006 3