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MYTH-UNDERSTOOD; Expert called in to explain King Arthur's legend on TV.


AN EXPERT in the legend of King Arthur is sharing her secrets for a fascinating TV show.

Dr Raluca Radulescu, at Bangor University's School of English, is helping the National Geographic channel with their programme entitled The Sword in the Stone.

The makers of the "Ancient X Files" series approached the academic because they wanted to explore the myths and legends relating to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Dr Radulescu, who has been teaching and researching the legend for over 17 years, runs Bangor's MA in Arthurian Literature, said: "Taking part in the programme was a great opportunity to bring my academic interests to a wider audience in a new way, which viewers will find interesting.

"Students of the Arthurian legend and the general public alike will be surprised by the discoveries in this programme, which testify to the spread and depth of interest in Arthurian stories in Britain and beyond."

The series investigates tantalising, unsolved mysteries from the ancient world.

It investigates the legend about the sword in the stone, its connection with King Arthur, and in particular the possible origins of the story in an unexpected location.

According to the programme makers: "In the modern information age, you'd like to think you have all the knowledge in the world at your fingertips. Yet shocking secrets remain buried deep in the past."

? The Sword in the Stone, will broadcast on Tuesday, July 17 at 9pm on National Geographic Channel. Repeats will be on Wednesday, July 18 at 1am and 7pm. TTAALLEESS OOFF CCAAMMEELLOOTT ? Legend has it that King Arthur was a medieval King with knights and a castle called Camelot. ? He was said to be the son of Uther Pendragon and Ygraine of Cornwall living around the 5th or 6th centuries. ? He has had a profound influence on literature since the Middle Ages. ? The 1995 movie First Knight, made in Snowdonia, is loosely based on Arthurian legend, starring Richard Gere as Lancelot, Julia Ormond as Guinevere and Sean Connery as King Arthur.


King Arthur still inspires TV and films with Clive Owen and Ioan Gruffydd the latest to play the king and Lancelot his knight (left) Dr Raluca Radulescu, of Bangor University, is working with National Geographic on a programme about King Arthur
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2012
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