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PostSubject: Camelot News   Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:51 pm


Camelot latest news from Starz, Jamie Campbell Bower and Eva Green

There’s a lot happening in the world of Camelot as Starz prepares for their April 1, 2011 premiere. The current situation with Netflix is getting plenty of attention from media and anxious fans who are wondering if they’ll be able to see the Camelot premiere episode streaming live on their computers. As Camelot is produced through Starz viewers can only watch if they subscribe to Starz either through cable, fios or satellite television services or on Netflix as was the case with Spartacus and specials such as Starz Pillars of the Earth.

With a current deal between Starz and Netflix up in the air and an apparent 90 day delay, it is unclear exactly when Netflix will begin streaming the show. Should fans be left without the opportunity to watch Camelot streaming live on Netflix, they may have to wait until the series comes to DVD before they can watch it. The Camelot Examiner is keeping a close watch on this situation and will update you immediately.

Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays the lead role as Arthur in Camelot, tweeted on March 25, 2011 about the emotional year he’s had. Bower, who also stars in Twilight’s Breaking Dawn expressed,” Emotional year. Completed my role as a camp angry vampire and just picture wrapped season 1 of Camelot. All kingly duties done. X” Several weeks ago Jamie Campbell Bower tweeted a photo of himself with the caption, “Back in Dublin. Excitement is uncontainable. X”

As Eva Green has already left Camelot fans wanting more after the initial preview episode with her dark portrayal of Morgan, news has it that Eva Green and Kate Bosworth are front runners for the new Total Recall remake. There’s no confirmation however, but the news comes as the Bond girl continues to carve out a name for herself as her career blazes ahead. In addition to The Golden Compass and playing Bond girl in Casino Royale, Eva Green has earned critical acclaim for her role as Miss G in Cracks.

Stay tuned for the premiere of Camelot on April 1, 2011 on Starz at 10:00 pm and 11:45 pm. Check out the Camelot Examiner on Facebook for exclusives, photos and interviews.
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PostSubject: Re: Camelot News   Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:20 pm


[04/05/11 - 02:22 PM]
Starz Delivers Record Ratings: New Episode of "Camelot" Friday, April 8 at 10pm et/pt
Released by Starz

[NOTE: The following article is a press release issued by the aforementioned network and/or company. Any errors, typos, etc. are attributed to the original author. The release is reproduced solely for the dissemination of the enclosed information.]


Last Friday's Launch Marked Highest Rated Original Series Debut in Network's History

"Seriously sexy" - OK Magazine

"Intimate, epic and absorbing" - Huffington Post

Episode three of "Camelot," premieres on STARZ, on Friday, April 8 at 10pm ET/PT. On the next hour-long episode Kay (Peter Mooney) and Leontes (PHILIP WINCHESTER) seek out a trusted new warrior to join them. Arthur (JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER) and Merlin (JOSEPH FIENNES) accept an invitation to join Morgan (EVA GREEN) at her castle for dinner. Arthur is forced to concede defeat in his pursuit of Guinevere (Tamsin Egerton).


STARZ' newest original series takes a distinctly fresh approach to one of the most enduring tales of all time, and brims with love, power and betrayal amidst breathtaking locales.

In the wake of King Uther's sudden death, chaos threatens to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther's unknown son and heir, who has been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur's cold and ambitious half sister Morgan believes the throne is her birthright. In the second episode, Arthur meets Guinevere, the woman of his dreams. But meanwhile Morgan and King Lot conspire to attack Camelot and take the throne.

Shot on-location in Ireland, "Camelot" is an Irish-Canadian co-production from Octagon and Take 5 Productions, and executive produced along with Ecosse Films and GK-tv. Starz and GK-tv are the U.S. and international distributors of "Camelot," respectively, and Take 5 Productions holds Canadian rights.

About Starz Entertainment

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship STARZ� and ENCORE� brands with approximately 18.2 million and 32.8 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX brands. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group.
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PostSubject: Re: Camelot News   Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:00 pm


Starz' 'Camelot' crowned ratings champ: How will 'Game of Thrones' fare?
by James Hibberd

The nearly two-hour premiere of Starz’ Camelot drew a big ratings sword from the stone on Friday night (OK, lame, I know, but this is the fourth cable ratings story we’ve posted today). The show delivered 1.1 million viewers — tying the record-setting premiere of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena back in January. In a way, Camelot is more impressive because half of this telecast aired on Starz as a special preview after the Gods finale a few weeks back — so a large chunk of this program was essentially a repeat.

So for those keeping score: Showtime’s The Borgias (1.06 million) opened strong, but Camelot performed slightly better in its initial premiere telecast (especially considering Camelot was a partial repeat airing on a Friday on a network with a very short history of running original series). Also, Reelz The Kennedys (1.9 million) was record-setting for the network, but its tough to judge that performance since there’s not much, if any, original programming history on Reelz to compare it to. AMC’s The Killing (2.7 million) did well and drew more than any of the other titles as one would expect since AMC has the widest distribution.

All this news bodes well for HBO’s Game of Thrones, which by the time it airs will likely have the highest profile of all the new spring cable dramas thanks to the popularity of George R.R. Martin’s novels and HBO’s mammoth marketing machine (unless viewers feel weary of swords and robes and thrones due to Borgias and Camelot by the time it airs, but I don’t think that will happen). And is it just me, or are all of these programs more compelling than the freshman dramas we’ve seen on broadcast TV this season?
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PostSubject: Re: Camelot News   Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:08 pm


Starz Packs "Camelot" With Hot Stars
By Valerie David, Yahoo! Contributor Network - March 3, 2011 6:30 PM PST

I have to confess, I am partial to the recent BBC version of the Arthurian legend, "Merlin," which is entertaining, extremely pretty, and has a great sense of humor about itself. In contrast, the Starz version "Camelot," which premieres April 1 on Starz, gives us Arthur, Guinevere, Igraine and Merlin in a story that's apparently a lot more adult and sexually charged. This doesn't sound like a bad thing, especially considering its ridiculously attractive stars:

Jamie Campbell Bower: Young actor Bower has appeared in "Sweeney Todd" with Johnny Depp, the mini-series "The Prisoner" with Ian McKellan, and as Gellert Grindelwald in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." I was most struck by this uber pretty actor in his tiny scene with Ludacris and Jeremy Piven in Guy Ritchie's awesome Gerard Butler-led film "RocknRolla." Despite his brief screen time, Bower stood out for his adorably funny portrayal of a spoiled rocker; it will be fun to see him tackle such a completely different role as the future king, Arthur.

Tamsin Egerton: Egerton has a strong connection to the Arthurian story, playing a young version of Julianna Marguilies' Morgaine in 2001's "The Mists of Avalon." Now the lovely actress brings her delicate features, soulful eyes and porcelain skin to the role of Guinevere. Egerton is best known across the Pond for her sexy role in film "St. Trinian's," and well-appreciated for her leggy, 5'10 frame. Here she'll be competing with two gorgeous women and two hot guys to see who can smolder best on screen.

Joseph Fiennes: Fiennes will forever be the handsome romantic Will Shakespeare in "Shakespeare In Love," but he's brought his sexy dark eyes and husky-voiced talents to several films including "Elizabeth" and "Merchant of Venice." Despite his skill at period pieces, Fiennes was surprisingly convincing as an action hero in the short-lived series "FlashForward." Fiennes describes his Merlin in "Camelot" as a "warrior monk," and luckily, it doesn't appear he'll be as celibate as a traditional monk.

Eva Green: Green is the brunette beauty who seduced Daniel Craig's James Bond in "Casino Royale," with her seductive voice and pouty red lips. She was even more exquisite as the cool, complicated queen in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven," her mesmerizing eyes highlighted with an impossible amount of kohl as she flirted haughtily with the buffed-up and silky-haired knight Orlando Bloom. "Camelot" treats her right, starting her character Morgan off with some evil and passionate scenes with the delicious James Purefoy ("The Philanthropist," "Rome.")

Claire Forlani: Brad Pitt's film "Meet Joe Black" typically divides the audience into love-it or hate-it extremes, but surely no one can deny how exquisite Claire Forlani was in this languid, intimate tale of love and death. For some unknown, unfair reason, that role led to inconsequential films and teen comedies, rather than the series of romantic leads she deserved. Forlani did land a repeat gig on successful series "CSI:NY," but "Camelot" seems to be the perfect vehicle to showcase her lovely and compelling self. Thankfully, as Igraine, she's only playing step-mother to Green's Morgan, since the two actresses are only eight years apart in age.

Who will your favorite character on "Camelot" be? In the extensive cast, is there another actor you're hoping to see more of--say, Phillip Winchester of "Crusoe" fame?

"Camelot" premieres on Starz, April 1 at 10 pm ET.
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PostSubject: Re: Camelot News   Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:31 am


April 11, 2011, Category : Drama

Camelot is an American historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst and Chris Chibnall with Peter Mooney, Philip Winchester, Joseph Fiennes and Jamie Campbell Bower. Camelot debuted on April 1, 2011 and airs on Friday evenings at 10pm.

It is co-produced by the Starz cable network and GK-TV which began production during the summer of 2010. The series, based on the Arthurian legend, is produced by Graham King, Morgan O’Sullivan, and Michael Hirst. A special preview showing of the pilot episode “Homecoming” was aired on Starz Friday night, February 25, 2011.

In the wake of King Uther’s sudden death, chaos threatens to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther’s unknown son and heir, who has been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur’s cold and ambitious half-sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to claim the crown in this epic battle for control.

In October 2010, Camelot was the first series to get the green light from Starz since Chris Albrecht took over as President and CEO of the company. With the announcement of plans for the series, Albrecht said that “The story of Arthur isn’t history, it’s mythology, and Camelot isn’t a place but an idea of hope that has resonated at different times throughout history.” Launched in January of 2010, GK-TV is the television division of GK Films, headed by Oscar-winning producer Graham King and Tim Headington. King called the series “a perfect choice as GK-TV’s maiden project,” given the company’s mandate for “producing compelling cinematic quality programming for television.”The series idea is attributed to the U.K.’s Ecosse Films, and an “early incarnation” was set up at Showtime in 2008, with that network announcing plans for the series in conjunction with BBC.

The cast assembled at Ardmore Studios in Ireland in June-July 2010 to begin “principal photography” for the series, which will be created as an Irish-Canadian coproduction. After the Ireland filming, post-production and visual effects took place in Toronto, Canada. Starz will retain U.S. rights, including digital and home entertainment distribution, Take 5 Productions will own distribution rights in Canada, and GK-TV will maintain distribution rights for the rest of the world.

Chris Chibnall, known for television series including Life on Mars and Torchwood, is showrunner and head writer for the show, which is engineered by Executive Producers Morgan O’Sullivan of Octagon in Ireland and John Weber of Take 5 Productions in Canada. Other executive producers include Academy Award-winner Graham King, Tim Headington of GK Films, Craig Cegielski of GK-TV, James Flynn of Octagon, Douglas Rae of UK’s Ecosse Films, Fred Fuchs, Michael Hirst and Anne Thomopoulos. Chibnall is no newcomer to the legend of Camelot, having previously being in charge of developing a series about Merlin in 2005 for BBC. However, despite several scripts being written, BBC Head of Drama Jane Tranter eventually decided not to green-light the project, although it later emerged, without Chibnall’s involvement, as Merlin (2008–present). Executive producer Morgan O’Sullivan also has experience with the story through her involvement with the 2004 film King Arthur.

While the first season will be limited to ten episodes, the producers have indicated that if the response to the show is strong, they have plans for “several additional seasons”.
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PostSubject: Re: Camelot News   Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:49 pm


'Camelot' brings in big names for Arthur tale
Apr 1, 2011 |
Written by
Mike Hughes

The legends of King Arthur have many ways of wedging into our minds.

There are the light tales, from Disney to Python, the heavy ones, from Tennyson to Malory. And there's the musical; Chris Chibnall -- co-creator of a new (non-musical) "Camelot" -- knows about that.

"My father is ... obsessive," he said. "When we were on three-hour drives, he would be playing the musical soundtrack ... in our car, to the extent that we begged him never to play it ever again."

But for Jamie Campbell Bower, who stars in this cable "Camelot," it was none of those; King Arthur's tales, he said, are always around. "Being English, we're sort of constantly surrounded by the story."

Bower, who is dyslexic, definitely didn't dig into Malory. "That book is huge," he said.

Instead, he remembers the magical mood of the legends, especially during vacations. "We would go to Cornwall and see the castle where King Arthur could have been."

Now Bower is playing Arthur -- an imposing task for a young actor.

At 22, he's been doing small and flashy roles in big films. He's Gellert Grindelwald (Dumbledore's boyhood friend-turned-enemy) in the final two Harry Potter films ... and Caius (the harshest of the vampire ancients) in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."

In "Camelot," by comparison, he's at the core. "Anyone who is not slightly terrified by heading up a project like this is either daft or very (gutsy)," Bower said.

He's neither of those. Like Arthur, Bower is a young man atop giant forces. Key actors include:

# JOSEPH FIENNES, the "Shakespeare in Love" and "FlashForward" star. He plays Merlin -- who does a little magic and a lot of maneuvering. "Merlin is sort of Machiavellian in (propelling) this young king .... He walks with a very dark shadow," Fiennes said.

# EVA GREEN, who starred in another Medieval epic, "Kingdom of Heaven." She's Morgan, who schemes to kill her estranged father and become queen -- unaware that she has an illegitimate half-brother Arthur. "Morgan hates Merlin, because he has put Arthur on the throne," Green said. "But she also kind of respects him. She adores toying with him."

# CLAIRE FORLANI, the "Meet Joe Black" star. She plays Queen Igraine, the step-mother Morgan hates.

# AND MANY OTHERS. Americans may recognize James Purefoy (who was Marc Antony in "Rome") as Morgan's ally King Lot and Philip Winchester (from NBC's "Crusoe") as Arthur's friend Leontes.

Many other faces will seem unfamiliar, but terribly pleasant. Tamsin Egerton is a gorgeous Guinevere; like Bower, she's 22. "I did a show with Tamsin when I was 9 or 10 years old," he said.

Bower has been performing for much of his life. The dyslexia kept him from doing a lot of book work, but music was all around him. His dad worked for the Gibson guitar company; his mom was a music executive who discovered Sade and helped foster others, including U2.

After starting the violin at 6 or 7, Bower eventually sang in the National Youth Music Theatre and in a band. At 10 or so, he went to a boarding school, one with lots of music and theater and sheep-herding.

He was still a teen when he played the rescuer-turned-friend in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd." More roles followed quickly, leading him to "Camelot."

Some of the show's grandeur must be done with green-screen special effects, Bower said. "You have to stare at this majestic castle, when what you're really seeing is a big, blank bunch of green."

What is real, however, is the rolling beauty of the landscape in Ireland, where "Camelot" is filmed. Scattered through it are stone remnants of an ancient age, when the King Arthur stories began.

WHAT. "Camelot"

WHEN. 10 p.m. Fridays

WHERE. Starz cable channel

INFO. The two-part opener, April 1, repeats instantly at 11:45 p.m.; also, 10 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday
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PostSubject: Re: Camelot News   Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:50 pm


'Camelot' dives happily into sex and violence in latest Starz production
Friday, April 01, 2011

Starz promised to reinvent the oft-told "Camelot" tale with the new production that starts Friday and it has done exactly that.

Call it an epic soap opera.

That's not altogether a bad thing and certainly melodramatic elements have always been lurking around in the tale of what happened when a young fellow named Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) suddenly finds that instead of chasing girls, he's expected to run a kingdom.

He has a powerful ally in Merlin (Joseph Fiennes) and a dangerous rival in Morgan (Eva Green), the half-sister who thinks she should be in charge.

All things considered, Arthur takes to this king business rather quickly, except that along the way he falls in love with Guinevere (Tamsin Egerton), which would be great if she weren't betrothed to Leontes (Philip Winchester), Arthur's most loyal soldier and the guy who holds the other soldiers together.

Now "Camelot" fans may notice that this deviates somewhat from the familiar telling, wherein Guinevere is married to Arthur, but falls in love with Lancelot.

With no Lancelot in sight this time, all bets are apparently off.

Like other Starz historical productions, "Camelot" dives happily into sex and violence. Several seemingly prominent characters don't last very long.

Once the lineups are set, though, there's a fair amount of jolly good fun and rarely a dull moment.

Bower starts out seeming just a bit too young and green to command the throne, though he may grow into it as the weeks go along. The rest of the cast play their positions well, from the conniving Morgan to the inscrutable Merlin.

And if once in a while things look like "The Young and the Restless," well, some truths are eternal.
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PostSubject: Re: Camelot News   Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:52 pm


Starz's Camelot Gets Down and Dirty With a New Take on the Legend of King Arthur
Michael Logan
Apr 1, 2011 02:24 PM ET
by Michael Logan

Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton

They brought us the wildly carnal and grotesque Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Now the folks at Starz are having a go at King Arthur. Their sprawling new series Camelot — shot in Ireland — is a risqué, politically feverish reboot of Arthurian lore that twists and turns the beloved saga in radical ways. Assume nothing.

"We want you to forget everything you know — or think you know — about the legend of King Arthur," says creator Chris Chibnall. "This is not the pristine fairy-tale fantasy version of the story. People live and die brutally. These are the Dark Ages, and they are very dark indeed." Though set in 6th century Britain — a time of feuding warlords and pagan barbarism — this Camelot is "very much a tale for today," Chibnall says. "It speaks to very simple values: How do we create a good land in which to live? How do we make our rulers be decent and honorable?"

Starz has gathered quite a classy cast for this: Jamie Campbell Bower (from the Twilight films) stars as the impetuous young pup Arthur, Joseph Fiennes (FlashForward) is his wily mentor Merlin, and former Bond girl Eva Green (Casino Royale) plays the bitcherella sorceress Morgan, who kills her daddy, King Uther, only to see his crown fall to Arthur, the half-bro she never knew existed. Everyone is ridiculously gorgeous, natch.

"Arthurian myth, at its very core, is all about lust and passion — people fall in love, have sex and bear children with the wrong people," says Chibnall. "These are things that form the kingdom of Camelot and then, at the end of the legend, tragically bring it down. That's why this is a good fit for Starz, though we're very careful that the sex is story-driven, not gratuitous."

True, Camelot is not the full-frontal fleshfest that is Spartacus, but it's undeniably steamy. Our first glimpse of Arthur finds him lounging nude with his brother's girlfriend in post-coital bliss. Likewise, the luscious Guinevere (Tamsin Egerton) is first seen in Arthur's dream, emerging stark naked from the sea. These kids don't waste time. Just before Guinevere is to wed the gallant Leontes (Philip Winchester), she and Arthur have hot, heaving sex on the beach. Then Guinevere, who is supposed to be a virgin, goes ahead with the marriage, pouring deer blood on the bedsheets to fool her hapless hubby.

"People are going to hate me!" says a half-worried, half-thrilled Egerton. "Guinevere is a passionate teenager with raging hormones. God, does she make mistakes! I'm afraid the audience will have to cut her quite a bit of slack."

They'll need to do the same with Merlin. This is no merry, wand-waving, pointy-hatted wizard. Rather, he's a control-freak warmonger with a military buzz cut who is haunted by apocalyptic visions of the future. Fiennes unapologetically likens his character to Donald Rumsfeld. "Merlin is not to be trusted," says the actor. "He is a brilliant, Machiavellian puppeteer who intends to use Arthur to bring unification and democracy to the land. His power lies in politics and manipulation." And not so much in sorcery. "Merlin's afraid of magic, actually," reveals Fiennes. "He will only use it as a last resort."

This being Starz, the sexual tension between Merlin and Morgan is palpable — at one point she slips him the medieval equivalent of a roofie and handcuffs him to her bed — but Fiennes ain't crazy about it. "Merlin is a father figure, Morgan is like an awakening schoolgirl," he says. "I'd like to think my character is a cut above that." Green agrees. "Morgan is this big, ballsy warrior queen who will do anything to put herself on the throne. But sex with Merlin would be so forbidden!" says the actress. "The show can't go in that direction. Although, maybe next season..."

For now, mad Morgan is plenty busy trying to destroy Arthur, a tricky matter to be sure. "There is a very real love between these two because they are each other's only connection to the past," says Bower. "Like everybody else in this series, their emotions are sweeping and epic. We're not telling the legend here — we're creating our own truth behind the legend."

And Arthurian purists be damned. "This Camelot may piss off quite a lot of people, but we'll also draw a new audience to the story," says Bower. "We can't worry about being irreverent to the myth. After all, it's been with us for centuries. And it will outlast us all."

Camelot premieres tonight at 10/9c on Starz.

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PostSubject: Re: Camelot News   Sat May 07, 2011 4:16 pm


Camelot to air on UK’s Channel 4 this June!

May 3rd, 2011 by Lisa McGarry.

Camelot is a brand new ten-part medieval drama which will make its UK premiere on Channel 4 this summer complete with an all-star cast including Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga: New Moon), Joseph Fiennes (Luther, Flash Forward), Eva Green (Casino Royale, The Golden Compass), Tamsin Egerton (St Trinians, Chalet Girl) and Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black).

Based on Thomas Malory’s 15th century book, Camelot takes a new and contemporary approach to the classic telling of this historic and legendary tale.


In the wake of King Uther’s sudden death, chaos threatens to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther’s unknown son and heir, who has been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur’s cold and ambitious half sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to claim the crown in this epic battle of control. These are dark times indeed for the new king, with Guinevere being the only shining light in Arthur’s harsh world. Faced with profound moral decisions, and the challenge
of uniting a kingdom broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur will be tested beyond imagination. Forget everything you think you know…this is the story of Camelot that has never been told before.

Camelot premiered on Starz in the US last month, UK viewers can look forward to catching the full first series on Channel 4, starting this June.
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PostSubject: Re: Camelot News   Sat May 07, 2011 4:17 pm


May 13th RTÉ Premiere for ‘Camelot’

05 May 2011 :

Irish historical drama, ‘Camelot’ will receive its Irish TV premiere on Friday, May 13th. The broadcast comes ahead of the series’ June broadcast on Channel 4 and will launch with the back-to-back transmission of the first two episodes of the show at 9:30pm and 10.30pm on RTÉ Two.

‘Camelot’ is based on Thomas Malory’s 15th century book, ‘Le Morte d’Arthur’ and looks to bring the saga of King Arthur to modern audiences. The series’ starry cast includes Joseph Fiennes (Flash Forwad), Eva Green (Cracks), Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd), Tamsin Egerton (St Trinians), Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black) and Peter Mooney (Summer’s Blood).

The show’s RTÉ broadcast will pre-cede that of Channel 4 by a month. The British broadcaster secured the UK premiere broadcast rights to ‘Camelot’ at the start of October and RTÉ claimed their broadcast rights in November. The show has also sold to several other broadcasters including 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.

Premiering in the US on April 1st, ‘Camelot’ brought in the largest ever opening for a new drama series on Starz, exceeding the highly successful Spartacus premiere. Speaking with IFTN in April, producer Morgan O’Sullivan explained that a second series of the show was likely to be commissioned depending on US audience figures. It has not yet been confirmed if a second series of the show is to be commissioned.

Speaking at the time of RTÉ’s November acquisition of the show’s broadcast rights, Dermot Horan, RTÉ’s Director of Broadcast & Acquisitions commented that: “This is a key acquisition for Irish audiences. The production values are extremely high, the calibre of acting impressive. That it is employing Irish crews, shooting in Irish locations and thus supporting local industry is particularly satisfying.”

The first episode of ’Camelot’ will broadcast on RTÉ Two at 9:30pm followed directly by the second series at 10:30pm.
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PostSubject: Re: Camelot News   Sat May 07, 2011 4:23 pm


Relish the mediaeval mayhem

Wed, May 04, 2011

By Adeline Wong

THE mediaeval genre has never seemed this ripe for the picking. Knights have thrown down the gauntlet to vampires (the previous big thing), and exciting shows, filled with decadence and debauchery, await.

Bared breasts, bloodbaths and the like are all the rage in new lavish productions like HBO's Game Of Thrones, just one mediaeval series that has been getting rave reviews since its American premiere on April 17.

It stars Sean Bean, who played Boromir in Lord Of The Rings (LOTR). With a budget reportedly between US$50 million (S$61 million) and US$60 million, it brings to life Book One of the best-selling A Song Of Ice And Fire series by American author George Martin.

The 10-part story focuses on a fantasy world incubated by noble families vying for the Iron Throne, and is told through three separate threads.

While the preview may be only 14 minutes long, its icy brutality will freeze you in your seat. It opens with three guards patrolling the north, where a massive ice wall keeps out White Walkers, creatures of the cold.

Be prepared, for the body count starts within minutes.

Thrones will be aired in Singapore on HBO (StarHub Ch 601) in August.

One thing that the series seems set to prove is that the mediaeval genre is heating up and, for this year, may supplant shows like True Blood and Vampire Diaries - sexed-up dramas that hooked viewers with a parade of glamorous bloodsuckers.

So, what's different between the genres - both of which are grit- ty yet visually rich, filled with lust and violence, and packed with nefarious schemes?

Just this: The vampire dramas represent the concept of outsiders trying to fit in, while the lords-and-swords ones explore that of people in conflict, which is, perhaps, more fitting to the times we are in.

If you can't wait for Thrones, though, you ought to tune into the Starz 10-parter, Camelot, with a budget of almost US$50 million. It's now into its fifth episode in Singapore, so don't dally.

The show traces the rise of a young King Arthur under the guidance of sorcerer Merlin. Stars like Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare In Love) in the role of Merlin, and Eva Green (Casino Royale) as Arthur's beautiful and deadly half-sister, Morgan, are big draws.

But this mediaeval tale is quite a different kettle of fish. While Thrones is fresh, Camelot - based on a legend retold countless times - runs the risk of being stale.

And, while Thrones has been compared to the epic LOTR, Camelot reminds viewers of teen drama The OC: troubled boy thrust into the upper class, then has the hots for a girl out of his league.

But I love how this version of the legend develops Merlin's dark side - so it's not just Morgan who's playing baddie - with refreshing takes on Arthurian icons.

Who would have thought Excalibur was named after a girl who drowned by Merlin's hand? So, sink your teeth into the genre, and you might just find yourself acquiring a taste for it.
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10 Best Fantasy TV Shows: Warriors, Wizards, Monks, and Swords
By Stephanie March, Mon., Apr. 25 2011 @ 9:30AM

​With the recent airing of HBO's new high-fantasy miniseries Game of Thrones, we became inspired to let our geek flags fly and reminisce about days when men were warriors, and women were noble ladies; when swords battled sorcery, and titans clashed -- the good ol' days of fantasy. We delved deep into the caves of our memories and come out bearing a trove of classic TV fantasy. You know, the ones that remind you why you have that replica-quality sword in the garage next to your old Monster Manual. We hear you, wizards and warriors. We hear you.

10. The Tudors

Showtime never claimed that its 2007 production was based on historic fact, and maybe that's why this show is so terr-awesome. It's supposedly about the reign of King Henry VIII of England, and it sort of is, even if it's not strict, shall we say, in terms of factual accuracy. But who cares if the plotlines are all about lust and ego? It's Dynasty with swords, which is more than enough for us. And the formula works -- it built a considerable audience over its four seasons, and it was nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Drama in 2007. And after all, he's "Henery the Eighth," he is! (Are you singing the song? We are, we are.)

9. Rome

This notoriously expensive HBO series (which is purportedly why it was canceled after only two -- sorry, II -- seasons) focused not only on the lives of the privileged, but also the soldiers and lower classes that supported and enabled the luxuries of the realm in the first century BC. Though it didn't last long on the air (this Rome fell in 2006), it was one of the most beautifully filmed and sexiest series on pay cable. If you check this out on DVD, remember to enjoy the Roman Empire in traditional fashion: with a eunuch fanning you and feeding you grapes. (Craigslist is a great place to find a eunuch.)

8. Camelot

Forget Richard Gere's First Knight. (Richard Gere would probably appreciate it.) This is a new foray into Arthurian legend, and it premiered on Starz on April 1. And it makes sense that this is one knightly story to which we keep returning -- the love triangle between Arthur, Guenevere, and Lancelot is one of the best in literature. Add sword-fighting, sex, and chivalry, and suddenly, for one brief, shining moment, the draw of Camelot makes total sense. And here's a bonus: It's scripted by Chris Chibnall, a writer who also worked on Torchwood and Doctor Who. Serious geek-cred.

7. Pillars of the Earth

Nominated for three Golden Globes, this 2010 miniseries was based on the Ken Follett novel of the same name. It follows 12th-century characters through the romance, violence, tragedy, and triumph surrounding the construction of a cathedral. We know, we know, a movie about architecture -- sounds thrilling, right? But it is, due in no small part to the acting of Deadwood's Ian McShane. And did we mention that none other than Donald Sutherland makes an appearance? It's worth tuning in just to see if he flashes his ass, Animal House style!

6. Legend of the Seeker

This TV series, produced by Sam Raimi and based on Terry Goodkind's massively popular Sword of Truth novels, premiered in 2008. It was then canceled last year after a deal with SyFy fell through, and a campaign to save the show didn't work (yet, at least). Of all the shows on this list, this one perhaps most resembles a Dungeons and Dragons game; in it, a small and diverse party bands together to defeat a great evil. Okay, don't throw your 20-sided dice at us -- we know it's not completely the same. But seriously, aside from the '80s D&D cartoon, you're not going to get much closer than this.

5. Merlin: The Quest Begins

Is it just us, or is Sam Neill one of the raddest actors ever? And what better way to showcase his awesomeness than to let him regale us with the story of one of literature's greatest wizards? Perfect. This 1998 Emmy-winning miniseries recounts the mythical rise and fall of Camelot, of course, but equally as important is the magical cast: Miranda Richardson, Helena Bonham-Carter, Isabella Rossellini, Rutger Hauer, John Gielgud, and, well, Martin Short. Hey, let's play "One of these things is not like the other!"

4. Roar

This wicked short-lived series from 1997 aired only eight of the 13 produced episodes. Created by none other than Shaun Cassidy (hey, da doo ron-ron, Shaun!), it came about in the wake of the huge successes of Hercules and Xena, and it was hoped to fare similarly. It didn't. At least not in the U.S., though it's still spoken of in reverent tones among those in the sexy geek community. It follows the adventures of an orphan prince (played by Heath Ledger ... sigh) who fights for freedom against the beastly Longinus, once the cursed centurion who pierced the side of Jesus at the crucifixion. If that doesn't interest you much, Ledger's performance will -- he's friggin' awesome in it. Sigh, again.

3. Covington Cross

This British/American television series aired only from August to October of 1992, giving "short-lived" a new meaning. Its tone wandered significantly in that brief span, varying from superserious to lighthearted, so it may have confused the hell out of potential viewers. It was sort of a medieval Bonanza, only with evil barons and swords instead of pistols. As it turned out, the most damaging villain of all was Ross Perot, since he bought out the show's timeslot in 1992 for one of his pie-chart presidential campaign extravaganzas. Covington Cross never recovered. We believe this is the real reason for Ross Perot's loss: angry nerds.

2. Cadfael

Who doesn't relish a good Dark Ages mystery? It's like Matlock, with a monk! Set at Shrewsbury Abbey, this show features the good Brother Cadfael as he satisfies his curious mind in matters scientific, philosophical, psychological, and murderous. He struggles with a lack of proper monastic discipline, sure, and has something of a past. Apparently, Cadfael was something of a ladies' man before cloistering. Which actually isn't a bad idea, for all you would-be nuns and priests out there: Before you get thee to a nunnery, date around.

1. Wizards and Warriors

This 1983 CBS television series (also known as Greystone's Odyssey) ran just three short months, but the rabid D&D crowd still talks about it as though it were the best thing since chits transitioned to dice. (And if you don't get that reference? You're not a part of the rabid D&D crowd.) The show focused on the funny as much as the fantasy, satirizing the then-monstrously popular sword-and-sorcery genre. But the series budget was a few silver pieces short of a treasure trove, and the producers cut corners here and there -- most notably by using extra footage from the film Excalibur for fight scenes. But what the hell. The show has Jeff Conaway (post-Taxi, pre Celebrity Rehab) in a breastplate and puffy shirt. That sort of cheese deserves some serious love.
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