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Stars Head To Camelot TV Series
Arthur story gets a new twist

04 June 2010  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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A quite impressive young movie level cast have signed up to new TV series Camelot for the US Starz channel and GK-TV. Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton will lead the show, based on the Arthur legend, and suddenly we're paying attention to it.

Once-and-future vampire Campbell-Bower will take the role of Arthur himself, with Egerton as his unfaithful Queen Guinevere. Green will play Morgana le Fey, half-sister to Arthur, bad-ass sorceress and occasional incest fan, with Fiennes playing a less wrinkly than usual Merlin.

If you don't know the King Arthur legend, well, you need to get a bit more into your culture, frankly. But Arthur was the once and future King of the Dark Ages who (according to legend) managed to fit a bit of protecting the country in between marrying a wife who cheated on him with his best mate, shagging his half-sister (accidentally, in fairness), pulling swords from stones and being a High King with a taste for circular furniture. And if that doesn't say serial drama to you, we don't know what does.

Shooting starts on the series this month, so with luck we'll see it next year. So what do you think? Will this be any challenge to the BBC's Merlin? Is it fair to expect vastly more sex and violence?

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RE: Oh dear BBC - money-grabbing blow-out on Merlin
Fiennes as Merlinf Joseph Fiennes is playing Merlin then it's got to be good. More

Posted by bigoyjacob at 23:58 on 31 May 2011 | Report This Post

Oh dear BBC - money-grabbing blow-out on Merlin
Just watched the end of Merlin on BBC and what a poor finale. The series just about gets by on a childish level, and we can just about forgive the silly political correctness, but what really grates is this nauseating refusal to reveal anything about Merlin's identity, and now to spin-out all the main characters for yet another series. The sword out of the lake was incredibly tackily done, lacking dramatic focus, as was the defeat of the immportal army - a couple of puffs and they, like Morgana, More

Posted by Ricardohos at 18:59 on 05 December 2010 | Report This Post

Dont bank on this going ahead next week, there is a protest going on outside ardmore studios were its been filmed at the moment, one of the crew ran one of the protestors over with his car yesterday and legged it back inside the building.i hear there is a load of blacklisting happening, criminals get the jobs eh? More

Posted by cappo at 20:42 on 23 June 2010 | Report This Post

A challenger to Merlin?
The most politically correct (ie shite) BBC show ever? This will wipe the floor with it. With Joseph Fiennes as Merlin, you've already won. More

Posted by ButchCassidy at 23:49 on 04 June 2010 | Report This Post

A challenger to Merlin?

Posted by ButchCassidy at 23:46 on 04 June 2010 | Report This Post

Eva Green = win. More

Posted by John Firth at 20:15 on 04 June 2010 | Report This Post

Game of Thrones
surprised there's no mention that this will obviously be cashing in on hype surrounding HBO's adaptation of Song of Fire and Ice - especially given that Jamie Campbell Bower is in that too. More

Posted by Dr Science at 11:42 on 04 June 2010 | Report This Post

Egerton? Seriously?
What genius thought to plonk Campbell-Bower and Egerton in the lead roles? If there are two more vapid youngens hanging around i'd like to meet them. More

Posted by BethN21286 at 09:52 on 04 June 2010 | Report This Post

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