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Arthur of the Britons 

Arthur (Oliver Tobias) is the chief of a small Celt tribe in Dark Ages Britain, a century or two after the withdrawal of Rome. Arthur struggles to weave the scattered tribes of Celts, Jutes... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Oliver Tobias ...  Arthur 24 episodes, 1972-1973
Michael Gothard ...  Kai 24 episodes, 1972-1973
Jack Watson ...  Llud 24 episodes, 1972-1973
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Arthur (Oliver Tobias) is the chief of a small Celt tribe in Dark Ages Britain, a century or two after the withdrawal of Rome. Arthur struggles to weave the scattered tribes of Celts, Jutes, et cetera into a union that can effectively oppose the Saxon invaders who are arriving in Britain in growing numbers. He is aided by his adoptive father, Llud (Jack Watson), and his foster brother, Kai (Michael Gothard), who is himself a Saxon foundling. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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UK

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English

Release Date:

6 December 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Artur Britanski See more »

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Compton Dando, Bristol, UK See more »

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(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Edited into King Arthur, the Young Warlord (1975) See more »

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Arthur of the Britons - Brilliant History Lesson
26 October 2007 | by Hestia13See all my reviews

Like the previous correspondent here - 'Arthur of the Britons' was a regular slot in my childhood TV viewing. I recall coming home from school in about 1972/1973 excited for the Wednesday tea-time slot (see - it left that much of an impression on me!!). This was the real Dark Ages of Britain. Not colourful pageantry of men in shining armour or ladies in Saxon-blue gowns with gold braid trim. This was a brilliant snapshot of how people would have lived; no modern infrastructure, just the gritty realism of an era when it was tribe against tribe and nothing was written for the history books. The series left a lasting impression on me and I wrote to ITV in the late 1980s to ask if it would be repeated. Sadly, they had no plans to, which I feel is a great loss when you see all the other dross which is repeated over the years. Although this series helped propel Arthur - Oliver Tobias to fame (prior to The Stud) and also Kai - Michael Gothard (who had parts in The Three Musketeers and a James Bond film) - I likewise feel it never had its true recognition. I came across a book in later years called 'The Bear of Britain' by Edward Frankland (printed during World War II with a forward by D. Lloyd George) and often wondered if the TV series was based on this. Does anyone know?


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