In Episode 8 Gervase and Julia have been taken prisoner by resistance fighters from The Wastelands. The leader, Colley, wants to kill Gervase to settle the account for the death of his number 2, Fen. Luckily Arthur is on the scene to stop that happening. Arthur quickly discovers that Gervase has been brainwashed by
Meanwhile Brigadier Clarke is trying to discover what Mordrin really knows about Gervase and in a twist we learn that the Brigadier is Julia’s father. In a further twist Arthur reveals to Julia that Mordrin is his son and that he has evil in his heart. In real life Patrick Troughton was only 9 years older than John Woodvine and both look roughly around the same age.
Arthur tells Brigadier Clarke that he wants to arrange a meeting with Mordrin on neutral believing it is the only way that he can help Gervase. Mordrin is keen for the meeting thinking it will give him the chance to get rid of Arthur once and for all. Of course with Mordrin out of the way, Hugo thinks it will give him the chance to take over.
There is a definite whiff of the King Arthur legend growing around the series as it progresses, although the name is subtly different – Mordrin instead of Mordred. In Arthurian legend Mordred is a traitorous enemy of Arthurs and both were supposed to have been killed at The Battle of Camlann.
UK / ITV – TVS / 1×25 minute episode / Broadcast 1 November 1987
Writer: Richard Cooper / Director: Michael Kerrigan
Series: Knights of God Episode 8 (of 13)
Claire Parker as Julia
George Winter as Gervase
Julian Fellowes as Hugo
John Woodvine as Mordrin
Patrick Troughton as Arthur
Barrie Cookson as Brigadier Clarke
Don Henderson as Colley
John Vine as Williams
Gareth Thomas as Owen
Shirley Stelfox as Beth
Nigel Stock as Simon
Peter Childs as Tyrell
Jacki Webb as Nurse
Christopher Bowen as Helicopter Pilot (opening recap)
Roy Boyd as Fen (opening recap)