Arthur of the Britons


Arthur of the Britons

"Arthur of the Britons" was a short-lived but fondly remembered British television show about the "historical" King Arthur. Produced by the HTV regional franchise, it consisted of two series, released between 1972 and 1973. It was broadcast on several occasions on various local ITV stations during the 1970s and 1980s.

Set in the Dark Ages a century after the Roman withdrawal from Britain, Arthur is not a great king with an elaborate court; instead, he is the chieftain of a small Celtic tribe and works to unite the other tribes against the Saxon invaders. Helping him is Llud, his adoptive father; Kai, a Saxon orphan reared as Arthur's brother; Arthur's cousin, Mark of Cornwall; the Jute woman Rowena; and the Jute chief Yorath. Cerdig, chieftain of the Saxons, is Arthur's main nemesis.

In 1975, it was edited into a 90 minute direct-to-video movie, "King Arthur, the Young Warlord".

Cast

*Oliver Tobias – Arthur, Chief of the Celts
*Brian Blessed – Mark of Cornwall
*Michael Gothard – Kai
*Jack Watson – Llud the Silver-Handed
*Rupert Davies – Cerdig, Chief of the Saxons
*George Marishka – Yorath, Chief of the Jutes
*Gila von Weitershausen – Rowena of the Jutes
*Clive Revill – Rolf the Preacher
*Peter Stephens – Amlodd

Episodes

First series (1972 – 1973)
*Arthur is Dead
*The Gift of Life
*The Challenge
*The Penitent Invader
*People of the Plough
*The Duel
*The Pupil
*Rolf the Preacher
*Enemies and Lovers
*The Slave
*The Wood People
*The Prize

Second series (1973)
*The Swordsman
*Rowena
*The Prisoner
*Some Saxon Women
*Go Warily
*The Marriage Feast
*In Common Cause
*Six Measures of Silver
*Daughter of the King
*The Games
*The Treaty
*The Girl from Rome

ee also

*List of films based on Arthurian legend"

References

*Thompson, Raymond H. (1991) "Television Series". In Lacy, Norris J. (Ed.), "The New Arthurian Encyclopedia", pp. 445–446. New York: Garland. ISBN 0-8240-4377-4.

External links

* [http://www.swashbucklers.co.uk - Swashbucklers website includng "Arthur of the Britons"]
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*imdb title|id=0073244|title=King Arthur, the Young Warlord
* [http://www.tvtome.com/ArthuroftheBritons/ TV Tome site for "Arthur of the Britons"]


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