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Merlin: :  -- The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot.

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Seasons:
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Release Date:
26 April 1998 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The most magical adventure of all time. See more »
Plot:
The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 19 wins & 24 nominations See more »
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Can you say Average See more (140 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 44)

Sam Neill ... Merlin (3 episodes, 1998)

Helena Bonham Carter ... Morgan Le Fey (3 episodes, 1998)

John Gielgud ... King Constant (3 episodes, 1998)

Rutger Hauer ... King Vortigern (3 episodes, 1998)

James Earl Jones ... Mountain King (3 episodes, 1998)

Miranda Richardson ... Lady of the Lake / ... (3 episodes, 1998)

Martin Short ... Frik (3 episodes, 1998)

Christian Simpson ... Vortigern's Guard (3 episodes, 1998)

Lena Headey ... Guinevere (2 episodes, 1998)
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Series Directed by
Steve Barron (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Writing credits
Peter Barnes (3 episodes, 1998)
Edward Khmara (3 episodes, 1998)
David Stevens (3 episodes, 1998)

Series Produced by
Robert Halmi Sr. .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1998)
Dyson Lovell .... producer (3 episodes, 1998)
Chris Thompson .... line producer (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Original Music by
Trevor Jones (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Cinematography by
Sergei Kozlov (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Film Editing by
Colin Green (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Casting by
Lynn Kressel (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Production Design by
Roger Hall (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Art Direction by
Michael Boone (3 episodes, 1998)
John King (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Karen Brookes (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Costume Design by
Ann Hollowood (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Makeup Department
Nuala Conway .... hair stylist: Sam Neill (3 episodes, 1998)
Mark Coulier .... prosthetic makeup artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Shaune Harrison .... prosthetic makeup artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth (3 episodes, 1998)
Kylie Marr .... hair artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens technician (3 episodes, 1998)
Aileen Seaton .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Amber Sibley .... prosthetics artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Jane Walker .... hair artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Norma Webb .... hair artist (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Geoff Dibben .... additional second assistant director (3 episodes, 1998)
Toby Hefferman .... third assistant director (3 episodes, 1998)
Terry Madden .... first assistant director: second unit (3 episodes, 1998)
Jonathan Scott .... third assistant director: second unit (3 episodes, 1998)
Richard Styles .... second assistant director: second unit (3 episodes, 1998)
Gareth Tandy .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1998)
Tim Webber .... second unit director (3 episodes, 1998)
Arthur Wooster .... action director: second unit (3 episodes, 1998)
Rebecca Wright .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Art Department
Leon Apsey .... supervising carpenter (3 episodes, 1998)
Bruce Bigg .... property master (3 episodes, 1998)
Peter Bigg .... dressing props (3 episodes, 1998)
Brian Bishop .... scenic artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Brian Blues .... supervising carpenter (3 episodes, 1998)
Dennis Bovington .... construction manager (3 episodes, 1998)
Peter Dorme .... draughtsperson (3 episodes, 1998)
Frederic Evard .... stand-by art director (3 episodes, 1998)
John Greaves .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Michael Hedges .... supervising carpenter (3 episodes, 1998)
Andrew Holder .... chief sculptor (3 episodes, 1998)
Mags Horspool .... draughtsperson (3 episodes, 1998)
Kevin Hunter .... concept artist / storyboard artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Douglas Ingram .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Terry James .... supervising plasterer (3 episodes, 1998)
Paul Kirby .... draughtsman (3 episodes, 1998)
Sonja Klaus .... assistant set decorator (3 episodes, 1998)
Alan Lee .... illustrator (3 episodes, 1998)
Iain Lowe .... supervising rigger (3 episodes, 1998)
Christopher Mason .... supervising painter (3 episodes, 1998)
Mitch Niclas .... stand-by props (3 episodes, 1998)
Dean Norgate .... stand-by (3 episodes, 1998)
Norman North .... stand-by (3 episodes, 1998)
Paul Nott-Macaire .... stand-by (3 episodes, 1998)
Dermot Power .... conceptual artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Ted Stickley .... dressing props (3 episodes, 1998)
Warren Stickley .... stand-by props (3 episodes, 1998)
Vonn Stropp .... artist: creature concept art (3 episodes, 1998)
Andy Thomson .... junior draughtsperson (3 episodes, 1998)
Jamie Wilkinson .... propman (3 episodes, 1998)
John Wright .... stand-by (3 episodes, 1998)
Ray Rose .... property storeman (2 episodes, 1998)

Jody King .... assistant sculptor (unknown episodes)
Peter Mann .... stand-by constructor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Vicky Brazier .... post-production sound (3 episodes, 1998)
Paul Carr .... re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1998)
Robert Farr .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1998)
Stephen Gilmour .... sound assistant (3 episodes, 1998)
Peter Glossop .... production sound mixer (3 episodes, 1998)
John Ireland .... effects editor (3 episodes, 1998)
Robert Ireland .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 1998)
Franklin Jones Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1998)
Shaun Mills .... sound maintenance (3 episodes, 1998)
Rocky Phelan .... post-production sound (3 episodes, 1998)
Lionel Strutt .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1998)
Elaine 'Chucks' Thomas .... post-production sound (3 episodes, 1998)

Gareth Cousins .... sound recording engineer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Terry Bridle .... special effects technician (3 episodes, 1998)
Richard Conway .... physical special effects supervisor (3 episodes, 1998)
Sam Conway .... special effects technician (3 episodes, 1998)
Ben Cronin .... matador artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Dave Eltham .... special effects technician (3 episodes, 1998)
Darrell Guyon .... special effects technician (3 episodes, 1998)
Steve Hamilton .... senior special effects technician (3 episodes, 1998)
Clive R. Kay .... special effects contact lenses (3 episodes, 1998)
Luke Murphy .... special effects technician (3 episodes, 1998)
Ceri Nicholls .... special effects trainee (3 episodes, 1998)
Alan Perez .... sfx wire supervisor (3 episodes, 1998)
Caroline Roemmele .... additional special effects staff (3 episodes, 1998)
Nick Smith .... underwater special effects diver (3 episodes, 1998)
Paul Stephenson .... senior special effects modeller (3 episodes, 1998)
Andrew Thompson .... additional special effects staff (3 episodes, 1998)
Tim Willis .... senior special effects technician (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Hani AlYousif .... digital effects compositor (3 episodes, 1998)
Avtar Bains .... visual effects artist (3 episodes, 1998)
William Bartlett .... visual effects artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Oliver Bersey .... digital visual effects (3 episodes, 1998)
Tim Burke .... digital effects compositor (3 episodes, 1998)
Murray Butler .... digital visual effects (3 episodes, 1998)
Matthew Cope .... visual effects shoot coordinator / visual effects (3 episodes, 1998)
Andrew Daffy .... digital visual effects (3 episodes, 1998)
Nick Drew .... visual effects coordinator: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (3 episodes, 1998)
John Fuller .... animator (3 episodes, 1998)
Timothy Greenwood .... digital visual effects: Framestore London / digital visual effects (3 episodes, 1998)
Karen Halliwell .... creature supervisor (3 episodes, 1998)
Tim Keene .... digital visual effects (3 episodes, 1998)
Stefan Lange .... visual effects cameraman (3 episodes, 1998)
Arnon Manor .... visual effects / digital visual effects (3 episodes, 1998)
Karl Mooney .... digital effects compositor (3 episodes, 1998)
Maks Naporowski .... digital animation consultant (3 episodes, 1998)
Alex Parkinson .... visual effects (3 episodes, 1998)
Martin Parsons .... digital visual effects (3 episodes, 1998)
Sirio Quintavalle .... digital visual effects / visual effects (3 episodes, 1998)
George Roper .... digital visual effects (3 episodes, 1998)
Pedro Sabrosa .... digital visual effects (3 episodes, 1998)
Fiona Walkinshaw .... digital visual effects (3 episodes, 1998)
Tim Webber .... visual effects supervising designer (3 episodes, 1998)
Richenda Wheeler .... animator (3 episodes, 1998)
Richard Widgery .... motion capture supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (3 episodes, 1998)
Angus Wilson .... visual effects artist (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Stunts
Roy Alon .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
David Anders .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Nina Armstrong .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Dani Biernat .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Tracey Caudle .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Gerry Crampton .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1998)
David Cronnelly .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Graeme Crowther .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Ben Dimmock .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Sadie Eden .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Stuart Frift .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Nic Goodey .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Paul Heasman .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Nick Hobbs .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Rob Inch .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Rowley Irlam .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Ian Jay .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Paul Jennings .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Rick Manning .... fight performer (3 episodes, 1998)
Mark Mottram .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Brian Nickels .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
James O'Donnell .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Andreas Petrides .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Dominic Preece .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Seon Rogers .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Kiran Shah .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Lee Sheward .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Tony Smart .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
C.C. Smiff .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Mark Southworth .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Anna Stacey .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Eddie Stacey .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Mark Sugden .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Ian van Temperley .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Terry Walsh .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1998)
Paul Weston .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
Nick Wilkinson .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)
William Willoughby .... stunts (3 episodes, 1998)

Paul Herbert .... stunt double: Martin Short (unknown episodes)
Tom Lucy .... stunt double: Sam Neill (unknown episodes)
Daniel Naprous .... stunt double: Jeremy Sheffield (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Darren Brown .... video assistant operator (3 episodes, 1998)
Neil Brown .... additional first assistant camera: second unit (3 episodes, 1998)
Peter Casey .... electrician (3 episodes, 1998)
Nick Coward .... video operator (3 episodes, 1998)
Adam Dale .... aerial camera operator (3 episodes, 1998)
Tommy Finch .... gaffer: second unit (3 episodes, 1998)
Catherine Frift .... clapper loader (3 episodes, 1998)
Mike Frift .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1998)
John Gamble .... first assistant camera (3 episodes, 1998)
Gifford Hooper .... aerial camera operator (3 episodes, 1998)
Eddie Knight .... gaffer (3 episodes, 1998)
Rupert Lloyd-Parry .... grip (3 episodes, 1998)
Simon Mills .... focus puller (3 episodes, 1998)
Stewart Monteith .... best boy (3 episodes, 1998)
Dean Morrish .... assistant camera (3 episodes, 1998)
Phil Murray .... grip (3 episodes, 1998)
Spencer Murray .... second assistant camera (3 episodes, 1998)
Ron Nicholls .... grip (3 episodes, 1998)
John Payne .... grip (3 episodes, 1998)
Stuart Reid .... electrician (3 episodes, 1998)
Peter Robertson .... steadicam operator (3 episodes, 1998)
Martin Shepherd .... focus puller (3 episodes, 1998)
John Turner .... electrician (3 episodes, 1998)
Oliver Upton .... still photographer (3 episodes, 1998)
George White .... electrician (3 episodes, 1998)
Helen Williams .... clapper loader (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Animation Department
Jean-Marc Ky .... animator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Harry Audley .... additional casting (3 episodes, 1998)
Noel Davis .... casting: U.K. (3 episodes, 1998)
Oded Levy .... additional casting (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daryl Bristow .... wardrobe supervisor (3 episodes, 1998)
Paul Colford .... costumes (3 episodes, 1998)
Charlotte Finlay .... wardrobe mistress (3 episodes, 1998)
Edwin Francis .... costume coordinator: Rome (3 episodes, 1998)
Philip Goldsworthy .... wardrobe assistant (3 episodes, 1998)
Marcus Love-McGuirk .... wardrobe daily (3 episodes, 1998)
Justine Luxton .... costume design assistant (3 episodes, 1998)
Rupert Steggle .... wardrobe assistant (3 episodes, 1998)
William Steggle .... wardrobe set supervisor (3 episodes, 1998)
Emma Walker .... costume textile artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Mark Wyndham .... armour costumer (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Editorial Department
Kevin Lester .... associate editor (3 episodes, 1998)
Tim Lewiston .... supervising editor (3 episodes, 1998)
Dominic Strevens .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1998)
David Yardley .... associate editor (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Location Management
Chris Brock .... location manager (3 episodes, 1998)
Robin Higgs .... assistant location manager (3 episodes, 1998)
Simon Marsden .... assistant location manager (3 episodes, 1998)
Nick Waldron .... location assistant (3 episodes, 1998)

Elliott Meddings .... location assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... music realization (3 episodes, 1998)
Edmund Butt .... music realization (3 episodes, 1998)
Gareth Cousins .... music realization (3 episodes, 1998)
Andrew Glen .... music realization (3 episodes, 1998)
Janice Graham .... music realization (3 episodes, 1998)
Julian Kershaw .... music realization (3 episodes, 1998)
Kipper .... music realization (3 episodes, 1998)
London Symphony Orchestra .... performers (3 episodes, 1998)
Wayne Morley .... music realization (3 episodes, 1998)
Sandra Portman .... assistant music editor (3 episodes, 1998)
Simon Rhodes .... music realization (3 episodes, 1998)
Victoria Seale .... music realization (3 episodes, 1998)
Tony Stanton .... music realization (3 episodes, 1998)
Phil Todd .... music realization (3 episodes, 1998)

John Bell .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Trevor Jones .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Tony Lewis .... assistant music editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Gerry 'Haggis' Bryson .... unit driver (3 episodes, 1998)
Gary Birmingham .... artist driver: Sam Neill (2 episodes, 1998)
Gerry Gore .... transport captain (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Other crew
Patricia Barr .... unit nurse (3 episodes, 1998)
Andrea Barron .... research (3 episodes, 1998)
Tamana Bleasdale .... floor runner (3 episodes, 1998)
Loren Boothby .... advisor: legend (3 episodes, 1998)
Jean Bourne .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1998)
Ruth Breslaw .... assistant production coordinator (3 episodes, 1998)
Wayne Docksey .... animal consultant (3 episodes, 1998)
Tina Ellis .... assistant accountant (3 episodes, 1998)
Bryon Fear .... assistant: Dyson Lovell (3 episodes, 1998)
Ben Fogg .... production runner (3 episodes, 1998)
Fiona Gosden .... floor runner (3 episodes, 1998)
Debbie Hanney .... utility stand-in (3 episodes, 1998)
Andy Hennigan .... financial controller (3 episodes, 1998)
Sarah Hinch .... script supervisor: second unit (3 episodes, 1998)
Helen Holdcroft .... animal coordinator (3 episodes, 1998)
Dylan Jones .... rider (3 episodes, 1998)
John Kearney .... horse wrangler (3 episodes, 1998)
Rita Kozma .... assistant accountant (3 episodes, 1998)
Louise Kramskoy .... assistant: Steve Barron (3 episodes, 1998)
Fry Martin .... assistant accountant (3 episodes, 1998)
Paula McBreen .... production coordinator / horse wrangler (3 episodes, 1998)
Alan Meacham .... utility stand-in (3 episodes, 1998)
Daniel Naprous .... horse master (3 episodes, 1998)
Gerard Naprous .... horse master (3 episodes, 1998)
Tim Osborne .... title sequence (3 episodes, 1998)
Jonathan Pilcher .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1998)
Derek Warman .... fire officer (3 episodes, 1998)

Piers Hampton .... project producer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (unknown episodes)
Allin Kempthorne .... body double: Sam Neill (unknown episodes)
Oded Levy .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Ian Madison .... associate: Sam Neill (unknown episodes)
James O'Donnell .... swords (unknown episodes)
Mark Sugden .... rider (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Simon P Thorp .... thanks (3 episodes, 1998)
 

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Runtime:
182 min | 90 min (2 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Billie Whitelaw, playing Ambrosia who raises young Merlin, also starred in The Omen as nanny to young Damien, who grew up to be played by Sam Neill in the third of The Omen trilogy, The Final Conflict.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In the scene where Igraine is giving birth to Arthur, she has a completely flat stomach.See more »
Quotes:
Vortigern:Patience isn't one of my virtues
Merlin:You have so few of those, I wouldn't worry about that one.
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39 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Can you say Average, 3 January 2005
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

If you are deciding whether to watch "Merlin", my advice would be to ignore all the extreme comments in this section; some would have you believe that this is the worst movie ever and others that it is a film masterpiece. The fact is that it is a well executed but philosophically shallow (family friendly) telling of the traditional version of the Arthurian legends; with some alterations. As you can probably tell from the title, this story is more focused on Merlin than on Camelot and King Arthur. If you ever wondered what it would be like to see William Shatner play a medieval wizard, you can find a close approximation in the way Sam Neill plays Merlin. This is not as bad as it sounds because Neill is intrinsically more likable than Shatner and because ham acting is necessary in his scenes with Miranda Richardson, who gives her usual dominating performance as both Queen Mab and her sister-the Lady of the Lake. Isabella Rossellini plays Neill's love interest, she looks amazingly young considering her high mileage and the viewer has a lot of time to reflect on her age/appearance because her character is staggeringly boring.

Martin Short and Helena Bonham Carter are very effective in comic relief. And comic relief is the real strength of this production as the dialogue of the villains is often intentionally very amusing (don't want to scare the family too much). Unfortunately this makes Mab and her two allies far more likable than any of the other characters.

While "Merlin" is far superior to 2004's "King Arthur", it is not even remotely in the class of John Boorman's "Excalibur". "Excalibur" is obviously a much better looking film but it is also a much more ambitious film philosophically. And "Excalibur" does not have the plot holes that draw attention to "Merlin's" moronically contrived storyline. Basically "Merlin" is dumbed down enough to make good family viewing but has enough intentionally funny performances and subtly humorous dialogue to entertain more sophisticated viewers.

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