Camelot, Season 1 - Poster Jamie Campbell Bower and Eva Green
Camelot, Season 1 - Keyart Poster showing King Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Morgan (Eva Green) © 2010 KA Productions
Camelot - Jamie Campbell Bower
King Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) © 2010 KA Productions

UK’s Channel 4 will be airing the romantic adventure series Camerlot although a date has yet to be set but looks likely to be later in the year. Starz started to air the series from April 1, 2011 in the States.

Camelot – Channel 4 official information

From Academy Award® Winning Producer Graham King and the Producers of The Tudors comes the timeless and powerful Legendary Tale of King Arthur

Irish-Canadian Co-Production is set to air in 2011 on Starz in the U.S and Channel 4 in the UK

Channel 4 has secured the UK premiere broadcast rights to Camelot, a wholly original approach to the timeless Arthurian legend, from the creative team behind landmark series The Tudors, Life on Mars and Torchwood, as well as critically acclaimed film The Departed, and originated by Academy Award® nominated Ecosse Films (Mrs. Brown, Becoming Jane, Nowhere Boy). Channel 4 plans to air the 10-episode series in 2011. The deal was brokered for Channel 4 by Acting Head of Acquisitions, Penny Harris and GK-tv President Craig Cegielski.

Camelot is based on Thomas Malory’s 15th century book, Le Morte d’Arthur – still considered the definitive work on the subject. But that’s only a starting point; Camelot will weave authenticity into a modern telling of the Arthur legends that is relatable to contemporary audiences.

The series is led by an amazing ensemble cast that includes Jamie Campbell Bower as Arthur, Joseph Fiennes as the wizard Merlin, Eva Green in her television debut as Morgana, and Tamsin Egerton as Guinevere.

Camelot is a co-production between the Irish production company Octagon and Take 5 Productions in Canada, and is Executive Produced by Ecosse Films’ Douglass Rae, Academy Award® winning producer Graham King (The Departed, Gangs of New York), Tim Headington and Craig Cegielski. Additional Executive Producers include Morgan O’Sullivan (The Count of Monte Cristo, The Tudors) and James Flynn of the Irish production company Octagon and Michael Hirst (The Tudors). The series is written by Chris Chibnall (Life on Mars, Torchwood). John Webber from Take 5 Productions will serve as the Canadian producer.

The series is currently in production, in Ireland, with post-production to be completed in Canada. Starz has all U.S. rights – including home entertainment and digital distribution – to Camelot; GK-TV will handle the rest of the world. In addition to Channel 4 in the UK, Camelot has been sold to RTL (Netherlands), DBS (Israel) and Sony AXN (Pan-Asia). GK-tv has additionally sold all rights in numerous other territories and regions including; France, Germany, Russia & CIS, Pan Eastern Europe, Pan Latin America, and Pan Middle East.

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online