Britain is steeped in war and deception when a young and reckless Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) unknown son and heir to the murdered king is installed to the thrown. His enemies including Arthur's ruthless half sister Morgan (Eva Green) are quick to declare war and the young king has to defend his kingdom with only one supporter on his side: the mysterious sorcerer Merlin (Joseph Fiennes).... Forget everything you think you know... this is the story of Camelot that has never been told before.from£5.75 | RRP:
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The first ten episodes of the TV series based loosely on Arthurian legend starring Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green. The series begins with the sorcerer Merlin (Fiennes) conniving to place a young Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) on the throne. This is to the displeasure of Arthur's half-sister Morgan (Green), upset at being usurped for the throne by her younger brother, not to mention Arthur's countless other enemies, including Morgan's ally King Lot (James Purefoy). As Arthur struggles to stabilise the kingdom and his romantic entanglement with Guinevere (Tamsin Egerton), wife of his bravest knight Leontes (Philip Winchester), the greatest threat to his rule may come from within the family as Morgan turns to dark forces in her bid to gain power...
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Television has always managed to thrive and find new angles on period action adventure shows returning in many cases to stories and legends of old That’s what’s happened with the US television series of Camelot which takes similar material that inspired the BBC’s Merlin show but tries to do something a bit more grown up with it That translates to more menace more violence and darker themes bubbling underneath This time Jamie Campbell Bower takes the role of Arthur with Eva Green faring well as his half-sister Morgan The cast is rounded out by the likes of Tamsin Egerton and Joseph Fiennes and the show is billed as the Camelot story “that has never been told before” That’s a bit of dubious claim really although it does try a few things with the legend that give it some distinction But not as much as you’d hope The problem though is that Camelot never sparks consistently into life There’s a lot to like here from the quality of the production design some of the direction and the terrific turn from Eva Green that sits at the heart of many of the show’s best moments But the acting performances are up and down while the writing too lets the side down a little too often Common sense doesn’t always prevail where this Camelot is concerned Camelot remains an enjoyable show and one that’s certainly worth checking out It’s not too hard though to work out the reasons why its light flickered out after only one season run Eva Green though is really rather special here --Jon Foster
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