6 x 45 minute episodes
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Collection of six plays telling the story of Arthur, a powerful tribal leader who for a time brings political stability to fifth-century Britain.
The Sword of the King
Episode 1 of 6
Stable boy Arran meets a traveller who makes him confront his true origins and grasp the sword of destiny.
The first of six plays telling the story of Arthur, a powerful tribal leader, who for a time brings political stability to 5th century Britain but - because of a fatal human weakness - fails to deliver a golden age.
Stars Jane Lapotaire as Morgan, Ben Whishaw as Arthur, Ian McDiarmid as Merlin, Eve Best as Young Morgan, Pam Ferris as Gaura, James Laurenson as Ector, Nicholas Boulton as Keir, Christian Rodska as Bryce, Stephen Hogan as Kerwyn and Damian Lynch, Robert Hastie & Jason Chan as the Soldiers.
Director: Gordon House
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.
The Black Dog
Episode 2 of 6
By Sebastian Baczkiewicz. The new king appears to be as tyrannical as his father. Who or what can stop him? Stars Ben Whishaw and Ian McDiarmid.
Episode 3 of 6
By Sebastian Baczkiewicz. The king seeks Merlin at the Sacred Grove, as Morgan is concerned about his unborn baby. Stars Ben Whishaw and Jane Lapotaire.
The Moon Eats the Sun
Episode 4 of 6
By Steve May. Now married to Gwenfar, Arthur rules from Camelot. Keir starts war with Pellyn but Arthur wants peace. Stars Philip Glenister.
Episode 5 of 6
By Steve May. Two young men arrive at Camelot only to find drought and sickness. Merlin wants to appease the gods. Stars Ian McDiarmid and Jane Lapotaire.
The Last Battle
Episode 6 of 6
By Steve May. The lovers are in prison and Ossa heads to Camelot. Is there still time for Arthur to learn the truth? Stars Philip Glenister