Disaster struck my Arthurian film project this week: I had been planning to add some variety with a viewing of George A Romero’s Knightriders , in which the Camelot story plays out within a motorcycle jousting team in early ‘80s California. But to my horror and amazement it’s not available to stream in the UK, and DVDs are surprisingly pricey: it joins Bresson's Lancelot du Lac and Cocteau's The Eternal Return on my list of hard-to-track-down Holy Grails. Anyway, I spent so long looking for Knightriders that there wasn't time to watch a whole movie, so I turned instead to another old TV version, Arthur of the Britons , which is easily available on YouTube. This one comes from 1972 and I’d never seen it, although I’ve often heard it mentioned with great affection. I imagine there's a cohort five or ten years older than me for whom it crystallised the image of King Arthur and co in the same way Excalibur did for me. There’s a fan website full of interviews and behind-
Reviews and ruminations by Philip Reeve, author of the Mortal Engines series, the Railhead trilogy, Here Lies Arthur, Goblins, and The Legend of Kevin, Pugs of the Frozen North, etc, with Sarah McIntyre.