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Last weekend’s Winter Memorabilia Show at NEC Birmingham proved a great success with visitor numbers up on March’s show, organisers have announced.
One of the UK’s leading entertainment events, Memorabilia gave collectors and fans the chance to get autographs signed by a host of movie and TV stars, including Hollywood legend David Warner; David Bradley and Warwick Davis (Harry Potter); Angel Coulby and Rupert Young (Merlin); Tommy Knight and Anjili Mohindra (Sarah Jane Adventures); Katy Manning (Doctor Who) and John Challis, best known as Boycie in Only Fools And Horses.
Sporting greats signing at the show included Ian Wright; Barry McGuigan; Tommy ‘The Hitman’ Hearns; Carl Fogarty; Malcolm Macdonald; Ray Clemence; Jimmy Case; Phil Neal; Mick Mills and WWE superstar Bret Hart.
The show also featured videogame previews from EA Games and Tecmo Koei, metal mayhem courtesy of Robots Live and the Frontier Wrestling Alliance’s exciting European Uprising event, »
The full line-up of guests has been announced for the Winter Memorabilia Show 2010, to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, this coming weekend (November 20-21)
Hollywood actors coming to the event include David Warner (pictured below left) - whose five decades in the industry have seen him in films such as Time Bandits, Tron, The Omen, Titanic and Planet of the Apes - and David Bradley, best known for playing cantankerous caretaker Argus Filch (below right) in the Harry Potter movies. Also attending is Warwick Davis, who plays Professor Filius Flitwick in the Potter films and whose other credits include Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Willow and the Leprechaun series.
- David Bentley
While Merlin has had a bit of a rocky journey here in the states, it continues to be a success overseas. The fantasy series has just been renewed for a fourth season by the BBC.
Merlin presents a different look at the younger days of the legendary fictional sorcerer. The series stars Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Anthony Head, Richard Wilson, and John Hurt (as the voice of the dragon).
The fantasy show ran on NBC during the summer of 2009 but was cancelled due to low ratings. Happily for fans, season two surfaced this summer on Syfy, the niche cable channel that's also owned by NBC-Universal. It performed well enough on Syfy to be renewed for a third season back in August. Season three has begun airing overseas and is expected to begin airing on Syfy in early 2011. »
The ladies of Camelot, Angel Coulby and Katie McGrath, took some time out of their hectic schedules to talk exclusively about their roles in the British TV series Merlin to Fgt staffwriter Alan Kelly.
Angel talks about Guinevere becoming more assertive and the return of Lancelot, while Katie McGrath couldn’t be more pleased with her character’s transition from utterly enchanting to ruthlessly calculated (albeit still enchanting) seer Morgana in the fantasy drama. The popular show returned earlier this month for a third run on BBC One (rerun on the SyFy Channel in the United States); Katie and Angel where kind enough to answers some questions about why the show appeals to different generations, how much fun it is for Katie to play a bad-ass, whether Arthur and Gwen’s relationship will develop this season, if the sorceress Morgeuse can really be trusted and what femme fatales Katie channels when playing Morgana. »
The third series of Merlin begins on Saturday – which makes it the perfect time to reflect on the astonishing success of this irresistibly fun but nonetheless ridiculous modern-day medieval television series.
Morgana, once so pure and kind, is morphing into an evil, Celtic witch-queen version of Andrea from The Corrs, all flashing eyes under braided hair. Uther Pendragon is old and in the way, a once-powerful patriarch beginning to look distinctly doddery. His physician, Gaius, is like one of the ageing hippies who sell crystals in the Green Field at Glastonbury. Guinevere resembles a nice girl from Croydon, and Merlin is the downtrodden but clever grammar school boy to Prince Arthur's public school toff, forever hiding his talents under a cloak of servitude in fealty to his »
- Will Hodgkinson
Like Smallville, Merlin presents a new look at the younger days of a legendary fictional character. The series stars Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Anthony Head, Richard Wilson, and John Hurt.
As you may recall, NBC ran the first season of the BBC program last summer. The ratings weren't very good so they cancelled Merlin. Fortunately, the program moved to another NBC-Universal company for season two.
Season two of the fantasy series ran on Syfy from April until early July and attracted an average of 1.7 million viewers. That's good enough for the cable channel to want to renew the show for season three.
Of the news, Merlin creator/executive producer Johnny »
Merlin star Angel Coulby has admitted that she is unsure how long the show will continue. The actress told Newsarama that she believes her character Gwen will only enter a relationship with Arthur (Bradley James) towards the end of the series. "I always imagine that once Arthur and Guinevere get together, we'll be coming towards the end of our story," she explained. "But I don't know exactly what they're planning for it. "We're not entirely sure as a cast [how long the show will continue]. We don't know exactly where they're going to take the story. Quite often they'll sit you down at the beginning of the season and say, 'This is what your character arc is and this is what's going to happen.' And then you get the script and (...) they've obviously changed their minds. We don't know where (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
In Merlin Season 2 Episode 12, "The Fires of Idirsholas," Morgause's plan for revenge pushes Merlin's loyalties to the limit. About Merlin: Merlin is a 13-part drama series which updates the story of the infamous sorcerer of Arthurian legend for a new audience. The Series stars Colin Morgan (Doctor Who) as Merlin, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head (Free Agents) as King Uther, Richard Wilson (Doctor Who, Demons) as Gaius, Katie McGrath (The Tudors) as Morgana and Angel Coulby as Gwen. Merlin is set in the mythical city of Camelot, in a time before history began. A fantastical realm of legendary beasts and mysterious peoples. A dangerous world in which magic has been banned by the ruthless tyrant, Uther Pendragon. When Merlin, a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers, arrives in the kingdom, he quickly makes enemies, including the heir to Uther's crown, the headstrong Prince Arthur. But »
- Buzzfocus Staff
This article may contain spoilers. With royal emissaries visiting Camelot for a momentous peace conference, meddlesome trickery was afoot to ensure that the peace talks failed and war would result. Fortunately for all, trickery is but an illusion that can be pierced by true love. King Alined's (David Schofield) evil plot to have Prince Arthur (Bradley James) and Lady Vivian (Georgia Moffett) fall in love to invoke her father King Olaf's (Mark Lewis Jones) deadly wrath was for naught. Arthur was able to withstand both King Olaf's attack during the tourney and the magical effects of the love potion after Gwen (Angel Coulby) came to his rescue and kissed him. For true love's kiss reminded him of who he was and who he truly loved. Yet for all the humorous shenanigans and misunderstandings »
This article may contain spoilers. Feeling isolated with no one to share his magic and to just be himself, Merlin (Colin Morgan) rejoiced to free the Druid girl and bond with someone like him. Yet even as Freya (Laura Donnelly) protested that she was a monster, Merlin refused to see that her situation was vastly different than his and that their star-crossed romance was doomed from the start. Instead of looking for others like himself with magical abilities, Merlin needs to learn to value the friendships he has with those around him. He will likely be safer and happier in the long run once he does. For Gaius (Richard Wilson), Gwen (Angel Coulby), Morgana (Katie McGrath) and even Arthur (Bradley James) all care for him as he is and would do much to protect him and keep him safe, whether »
Cast and crew members from hit fantasy drama Merlin are to attend a panel at the London McM Expo, it was announced today.
The show returns for a third series on BBC1 in the autumn. The panel will include producers and current cast, with further details to be announced shortly.
"After the thrilling finale of the current series audiences will be left wondering what happens next - and with so many of Merlin and Arthur's adventures yet to unfold, we can't wait to continue the story."
Merlin stars Colin Morgan in the title role, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head as King Uther, Katie McGrath as Morgana, Angel Coulby as Gwen, Richard Wilson as Gaius and John Hurt as the voice of the Great Dragon. »
- David Bentley
In a similar vein to what Smallville has done for the Superman mythos, Merlin updates the legend of the sorcerer from Arthurian legend for a new audience. The TV show follows a young Merlin as he secretly watches over the court of King Uther and a young Arthur. The series stars Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head as King Uther, Katie McGrath as Morgana, Angel Coulby as Gwen, Richard Wilson as Gaius, and John Hurt as the voice of the Great Dragon.
Last summer, Merlin ran on NBC. The series wasn't a big success for the peacock network but, thankfully for the show's fans, it's successful enough in England for the BBC to keep making the show. NBC cancelled the show in the Us but it moved over to Syfy for season two. BBC One has already ordered a third round. »
This article may contain spoilers It is only through adversity that we learn the true measure of one.s worth. It is also through struggle and tribulation that one.s true feelings are revealed. For what matters most is the only thing worth fighting for. In this case, it was not just self-survival, but fighting for the life of another, which was admirably demonstrated first by Gwen (Angel Coulby) who fought to save Morgana (Katie McGrath), and later by Lancelot (Santiago Cabera) and Arthur (Bradley James) who fought to save Gwen. Gwen and Morgana.s relationship is akin to sisters and they have grown so close that they will do just about anything to save each other. In Lancelot and Arthur.s case, they have fallen in love with the same woman. It is an age old dilemma: how does one choose »
When the BBC series Merlin debuted two years ago, it was quickly described as a British version of Smallville, that is a reimagining of the classic tale skewed towards teen characters for a more mass audience.
The difference, though, is that when Smallville debuted nine seasons ago, it was one of the sharpest written series on the air. The messages conveyed through dialogue, the foreshadowing, and rich experience of watching Clark Kent master his powers was slowly revealed.
Merlin, which aired in America on NBC last summer and returns this summer on SyFy, has had poor writing and lazy character development. The first season is released as a five disc DVD set on Tuesday and you can decide for yourself how palatable this look at the Arthurian legend is.
Rather than a Merlin who ages backward, this teen is a bit of a doofus, prone to gaffes but is a »
- Robert Greenberger
This review may contain spoilers. What is the true measure of man, whether prince or pauper? Is it honor, honesty, or how he treats others? After realizing he was receiving special treatment because of his title, Arthur (Bradley James) raged in frustration, "How am I supposed to prove myself if my opponents are not trying their hardest? . . . All of my life I have been treated like I'm special. I just want to be treated like everyone else! . . . It seems that pretending to be somebody else is the only way to get people to be honest with me." This prompted Arthur to concoct a scheme to fool everyone so he could compete in the jousting tournament. Even when Gwen (Angel Coulby) tried to dissuade him from competing by saying, "You would risk your life to protect your pride? You »
So it looks like Prince Arthur (Bradley James) is getting a little action, and we're not talking about swords, armor and horses.Instead, it's with Gwen (Angel Coulby) in Friday's new "Merlin," which airs on Syfy.In "The Once and Future Queen," Arthur's life is in danger when King Odin (Fintan McKeown) hires an assassin (Adrian Lester) to take Arthur out. Odin, of course, is pissed because Arthur had killed his son in a duel.Arthur, not aware of this plot on his life, decides that it's time he proves he's good at jousting without having to have other contestants "let the Wookie win."Ok, have no clue what Wookies have to do with Camelot, but let's just say Arthur feels that he's not being given a chance to show his true skill in jousting.At some point, Arthur and Gwen kiss.So there you go! »
This article may contain spoilers. When last seen in the first season finale, Prince Arthur (Bradley James) had been at death's door, poisoned by the questing beast. Yet under the tender and watchful care of Gwen (Angel Coulby), Arthur held on long enough for Merlin (Colin Morgan) to bargain with the evil sorceress Nimueh for his life. The episode foreshadowed the loves and trials of the second season. In "Le Morte D'Arthur," Gwen had beseechingly told the feverish Arthur, "I know one day you will be King -- a greater King than your father could ever be. That's what keeps me going. You are going to live to be the man I have seen inside you, Arthur. I can see a Camelot that is fair and just. I can see a King that the people will love and proud to call their sovereign. For the love »
It's a kingdom where Arthur isn't quite king, but magic is not welcome. But it's a world where Merlin has to continue to live and exist.After a first-season run on NBC, "Merlin" moves to Syfy April 2 with its second season imported from BBC across the pond.The first episode coming back, "The Curse of Cornelius Sigan," picks up after an ancient tomb is discovered beneath Camelot. Merlin is sent to resolve a noise issue taking place with the excavation when booby traps are discovered, and actually kills one of the excavators.The series stars Colin Morgan as Merlin, Angel Coulby as Gwen, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Katie McGrath as Morgana, Anthony Head as Uther Pendragon, Richard Wilson as Gaius, and the voice of John Hurt as the voice of Kilgharrah.The episode first aired Sept. 19 on BBC, »
The BBC series didn't exactly bring "magical" ratings to NBC during its short run last summer but Merlin's second season will still be seen here in the states.
Merlin follows the life of the legendary wizard in early adulthood, living in the court of King Uther, Arthur’s father. The series stars Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head as King Uther, Katie McGrath as Morgana, Angel Coulby as Gwen, Richard Wilson as Gaius, and John Hurt as the voice of the Great Dragon.
A production of BBC One, Merlin has been a big enough success in the UK to be renewed for seasons two and three. NBC picked up the supernatural show and decided to run the first season during the summer of 2009. The ratings weren't very good and the network has been mum on any plans to bring »
19 items from 2010
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