01 August 2011

Camelot on Channel 4: curiously compelling


Are you watching Camelot on Channel 4? I quite enjoy a medieval-fantasy but I’ll admit I wasn’t sure what to make of this at first. Pretty boy Arthur personifies the Scots word glaikit, while Joseph Fiennes as a glowering beard-free Merlin just seems a bit like a confused, angry, homeless person. Who should have a beard. And as for Igraine, the King’s birth mother, well, she’s only surpassed in simpering passive pointlessness by the faithless Guinevere.

The sorcery is silly, there’s a mysterious reappearing wolf and there are almost as many boobies on display as in the Tudors, which is really saying something.

But I’ve just rounded off my bank holiday weekend with a recorded episode and realised that, despite myself, I’ve become a fan. They’ve all grown on me somehow, and I’ve become almost fond of the eejits – especially Morgan, Arthur’s villainous half sister, who is played very dramatically (melodramatically?) by no less than Bond girl Eva Green. She and her superb smokey eye makeup steal every scene she’s in: I can’t take my eyes off her.

Morgan’s henchwomen, Sybil and Vivian, are also wonderful. Who doesn’t love an evil nun?  And even the king’s mother has grown on me with Claire Furlani (of Meet Joe Black) really coming into her own by episode 8, fittingly titled Igraine. Guinevere still sets my teeth on edge, but you can’t have it all. .

So, in a nutshell, while Camelot is no Game of Thrones, it will plug the gap nicely during the long, cold wait for series two.

What do you make of it yourself?

7 comments:

Sara K said...

free a terrible stage of watching God awful drama and reality series, and after the last one I really enjoyed being unexpectedly cut (gr!) I've not been turning on the tv of late beyond the odd Hollyoaks my 11year old forces upon me most evenings. However, been thinking its Time to get hooked on something and with the laptop broke it must be above board and of not downloaded nature ... I shall give this a look in. based purely on the fact I've trusted your tastes (more recently this is an exception in wine!) for as long as I recall. I shall report back duly ...

Karen said...

As a big fan of The Tudors, this sounds like something I'd love, must find it online to watch. I've heard good things about Game of Thrones too so must investigate, there's nowt much on telly at the mo' though!

fluff and fripperies said...

Game of Thrones is the business ladies, it's left a big great hole in my life since the first series ended. Camelot is, as I say, oddly enjoyable - just ignore all the little irritations at first until you really don't notice them anymore.

Claire Bradley said...

I watched it on RTÉ a few months ago - I enjoyed it but it was fairly weak. It's cancelled so there won't be anymore. Filmed in Wicklow - I presume you know? I agree that Eva Green was the best thing in it.

fluff and fripperies said...

It's cancelled?!?! That means I only have one episode left! Quick, anyone got any recommendations for something else I might enjoy while I'm waiting for Game of Thrones and the US version of The Killing to resume?!?

Mandy said...

Love Camelot, heartbroken to hear it has been cancelled!

fluff and fripperies said...

@Mandy, I know, I share your pain!