The tale of King Arthur has been one that’s been relished for ages by different generations, not just for its sheer regality, but also for the abundance of drama that’s weaved into it. While a show that merely attempted to retell this story would risk being called hackneyed, Camelot is a show that steers clear of this accusation, since even though it tells this very story, it does so with a contemporary twist and panache. The effect is that of a magnum opus that does not make you feel as though you’re browsing through history.
Created by Chris Chibnall and Michael Hirst, the show sets off on an ordinary note by introducing us to the palace and the dynasty that we are so well aware of - that of one of the greatest royal legends to have ever lived, King Arthur. But as the story unfolds, we realize that we’re in for much more than what we are prepared for. This happens as a flavor of modernity is entwined subtly into the age-old tale, adding a whole new dimension to the story.
The lead role of King Arthur is played by Jamie Campbell Bower, who fits into the required persona of a handsome young man with nary a care in the world, to perfection. It’s not long before you begin to think of him as the king himself. King Arthur is suddenly entrusted with the colossal responsibility of taking over a kingdom that he grew up knowing nothing about.
This happens as his father, King Uther suddenly passes away, and it is revealed that a young lad named Arthur, who’s been living the life of a commoner so far, is his sole heir, and will follow Uther to the throne. The sudden transition from an ordinary life to a royal one is not an easy one, as King Arthur has to battle everything, right from a wicked half-sister, who aspires to be the heiress after overpowering him, to a plethora of friends and foes.