Or so this episode of Expedition Unknown*, seen on the Travel Channel, would have you believe. It does what any good programming does and draws you in with dramatic music and sudden cliff-hanger like cuts to commercials, but it lacks a convincing argument for why Arthur is real. They unfortunately rely on an amateur historian, Adam Ardrey, for the dramatic climax of the show (many of the reviews of his book complain of a lack of research done by Ardrey’s). What it does do a good job of is showing parts of England and Scotland that we might otherwise never see; the archaeological sites are interesting (Merlin’s Cave is pretty awesome!), and just seeing the landscapes that the Anglo-Saxon peoples conquered and lived on is worth a watch.
*note: I had technical trouble watching the whole episode straight through, but with some artful clicking around the commercials it’s doable!