A 1978 novel by Irish author P.J. Kavanagh was the source for the swashbuckling British miniseries Scarf Jack. The story took place in 1795, when a rebel movement arose in Ireland to expunge the occupying British landowners. The title character was a mysterious figure who swooped down from nowhere to rescue various and sundry Irish citizens from the tyrannical excesses of the British. Things shifted into gear when an innocent traveler named Francis Place found himself unwittingly assisting Scarf Jack and his fellow rebels. Roy Boyd headed the talented cast of the six-episode Scarf Jack, which was seen in the British Isles in 1981, courtesy of Southern Television (aka TVS).