The Water Margin is a Japanese television series based on Water Margin, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. Made in two seasons of 13 episodes by Nippon Television it was shown in Japan in 1973 and 1974 as 水滸伝. The novel details the trials and tribulations of 108 outlaws during the Song Dynasty. This adaptation follows Lin Chung and his clashes with the local government official Kao Chiu. It was adapted for BBC by David Weir without translations, using only brief plot synopses. The dubbed version, narrated by Burt Kwouk, was shown on BBC television from 1976 to 1978. An English novelisation, written by Weir, was released in 1978 as Water Margin. The Water Margin is famous for its, sometimes obscure, but memorable philosophical quotes, such as "Do not despise the snake for having no horns,for who is to say it will not become a dragon?""