The masterminds of global TV hit The Tudors are to film a new series based on the King Arthur legend.

Building on the success of the historical drama, producers are planning a similar large scale 10-episode show to be shot in Ireland this June.

Camelot – to be produced by Oscar-winner Graham King, Morgan O’Sullivan and James Flynn – will be based on Thomas Malory’s 15th century book, Le Morte d’Arthur, considered the definitive work on the legend, but producers aim to tell the story in an authentic modern style.

Executive producer Morgan O’Sullivan, from Dublin-based Octagon Films, who also worked on The Tudors, said: “It’s a bit bigger than that, because of the scale of the period.

“But we have been successful around the world, we have been successful in the US and a lot of the people who worked on The Tudors will work on Camelot.”

Irish Arts Minister Martin Cullen praised the successful bid and said landing a series of this scale showed the quality of Irish film talent both in front of and behind the camera.

“Camelot will follow on from where the hugely popular The Tudors series finished off,” the outgoing minister said.

“I am sure it will be as successful as The Tudors and will continue to build on the excellent international reputation of Irish film talent.”