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The Coming of Merlyn

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4 Extra Debut. England is in turmoil. On the night before a decisive battle, Merlyn and King Arthur are wondering why? Stars David Warner. From November 2014.

T. H. White's classic retelling of the King Arthur story dramatised by Brian Sibley. England is in turmoil. On the night before a decisive battle, Merlyn and Arthur meet to talk about what has brought the King and country to this perilous state.

Original music by Elizabeth Purnell
Directors: Gemma Jenkins, Marc Beeby and David Hunter

The radio debut of all five books of The Once and Future King in an adaptation by the award-winning dramatist, Brian Sibley, whose credits include dramatisations of The Lord of The Rings trilogy, Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels and most recently, Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man.

White's imagining of Arthur's childhood in The Sword in The Stone, his use of myth to deliver a powerful anti-war message and the humanity of his depiction of doomed love marks this cycle of novels as one of the defining works of 20th century fantasy fiction.

White uses the Arthurian legends to explore epic themes of national identity, democracy and the virtues of right over might.

58 minutes

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Tue 25 Sep 2018 03:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
Arthur Paul Ready
Merlyn David Warner
Wart Edward Bracey
Young Kay Ethan Hammer
Archimedes Bruce Alexander
Sir Ector Michael Bertenshaw
Guenever Lyndsey Marshal
Sir Kay Paul Heath
Lyo-Lyok Elaine Claxton
The Ant Controller Jane Slavin
Tom the Page Monty d'Inverno
Mustard Pot Bettrys Jones
Author TH White
Adaptor Brian Sibley
Director Gemma Jenkins
Director Marc Beeby
Director David Hunter

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