The Once And Future King

Episodes

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01The Coming Of Merlyn2014110920141115 (R4)

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.

02The Sword In The Stone2014111620141122 (R4)

Wart's remarkable education at the hands of the wizard Merlyn draws to a close.

Brian Sibley's dramatisation of T. H. White's classic retelling of the King Arthur story continues. Wart's remarkable education at the hands of the wizard Merlyn draws to a close.

Original music by Elizabeth Purnell

Directors: Gemma Jenkins, Marc Beeby and David Hunter.

03The Queen Of Air And Darkness2014112320141129 (R4)

Brian Sibley's dramatisation of T. H. White's classic retelling of the King Arthur story continues. Rebels led by King Lot and Queen Morgause of Orkney challenge Arthur's claim to the throne. As war draws nearer, darker more personal motives for bringing Arthur down emerge.

Other parts are played by members of the cast.

Original music by Elizabeth Purnell

Directors: Gemma Jenkins, Marc Beeby and David Hunter.

04The Ill-made Knight20141130
04The Ill-made Knight20141130

Brian Sibley's dramatisation of T. H. White's classic retelling of the King Arthur story continues. Full of zeal for Arthur's new chivalric order, Lancelot rides into Camelot.

Original music by Elizabeth Purnell

Directors: Gemma Jenkins, Marc Beeby and David Hunter.

04The Ill-made Knight2014113020141206 (R4)

Full of zeal for Arthur's new chivalric order, Lancelot rides into Camelot.

Brian Sibley's dramatisation of T. H. White's classic retelling of the King Arthur story continues. Full of zeal for Arthur's new chivalric order, Lancelot rides into Camelot.

Original music by Elizabeth Purnell

Directors: Gemma Jenkins, Marc Beeby and David Hunter.

05The Lengthening Shadow2014120720141213 (R4)

Murder and betrayal threaten to undermine all that Arthur holds dear.

Brian Sibley's dramatisation of T. H. White's classic retelling of the King Arthur story continues. Murder and betrayal threaten to undermine all that Arthur holds dear.

Original music by Elizabeth Purnell

Directors: Gemma Jenkins, Marc Beeby and David Hunter.

06 LASTThe Candle In The Wind2014121420141220 (R4)

Mordred uses Arthur's new laws against him, and long-held secrets are revealed.

Brian Sibley's dramatisation of T. H. White's classic retelling of the King Arthur story continues. Mordred uses Arthur's new laws against him and long-held secrets are forced out into the open.

Other parts are played by members of the cast.

Original music by Elizabeth Purnell

Directors: Gemma Jenkins, Marc Beeby and David Hunter.