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Arthur of the Britons (ITV 1972-1973, Oliver Tobias, Brian Blessed)

Arthur of the Britons

Period action adventure series Arthur of the Britons was a muddy realistic version of the King Arthur legend in which the Warlord does battle against marauding Saxons in the sixth century.

This was an attempt to put the King Arthur legend into a realistic setting. Arthur, played by Oliver Tobias in a star making performance, is here living in a dark, muddy and murderous 6th Century Britain.

If there really was a King Arthur this is probably more true to how he would have lived than any other production. The series also provided Brian Blessed with an opportunity for another of his brilliantly full blooded performances as Mark of Cornwall.

Arthur of the Britons

Production Details
UK / ITV Network-HTV / 24×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 6 December 1972 – 28 November 1973

Executive Producer: Patrick Dromgoole / Producer: Peter Miller

cast
OLIVER TOBIAS as Arthur
JACK WATSON as Llud
BRIAN BLESSED as Mark of Cornwall
MICHAEL GOTHARD as Kai
RUPERT DAVIES as Cerdig