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BBC Orders 2nd Season of 'Merlin'

18 December 2008 7:09 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The revisionist take on Camelot, Merlin, has been given a second season order by the BBC according to Variety. The series, starring Colin Morgan as the young wizard, has aired on BBC’s coveted Saturday night usually take n by Doctor Who and Robin Hood. NBC already bought American broadcast rights and intends to schedule the series in the first half of 2009.

The premise has the series occurring during the days of Arthur’s father, King Uther, but Camelot already exists.  Merlin is an apprentice magician, not aging backwards, and befriends a young Arthur (Bradley James).  The series also features supporting characters played by Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman) John Hurt (Alien), and Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy).

The series was developed by Shine, the BBC, and distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises and is now running in 112 territories. In the UK, its 28% audience share was considered above average, easily confirming a second season order. »

- Robert Greenberger

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Rift between BBC, Channel Four widens

16 December 2008 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- Relations between Britain's two government-owned broadcasters, the BBC and Channel Four, just got a lot testier.

The tiff escalated Tuesday night after a news report on Four's flagship newscast accused the BBC of wasting public money on program launches.

The report said the BBC had spent 45,000 pounds ($70,000) launching the show "Merlin" to press and buyers at a top London venue and had spent 118,000 pounds ($183,000) launching three other shows: "Little Dorrit," "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" and "The Passion" this year.

Four's news arm requested the figures under the Freedom of Information act, which allows info to be sought from public organizations.

BBC insiders have reacted with outrage at the report, which they say is "par for the course" and "something you have to do" when it comes to promoting major drama.

"We do it, ITV do it, Channel 4 do it," a senior BBC source said. "When you are »

- By Mimi Turner

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BBC confirms 'Merlin' series two

15 December 2008 6:36 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The BBC has confirmed that Merlin will return for a second series. Anthony Head, who plays King Uther Pendragon in the show, last week revealed to Digital Spy that Merlin will be back for a second run. The fantasy series, which focuses on the young wizard's friendship with King Arthur, has been a Saturday-night ratings success since debuting on BBC One in September. Head of drama for BBC Wales Julie Gardner said: "We are thrilled that audiences have entered into the magical world of Camelot and Merlin has been such a big hit on Saturday nights. It has performed outstandingly well. "The cast have entertained and enchanted a whole new generation with this fresh and (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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BBC1 wants more 'Merlin'

15 December 2008 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- BBC1 has commissioned a second season of Shine Television's fantasy drama "Merlin," which has aired on NBC.

The family drama, which airs in the early evening slot on Saturdays, stars Anthony Head, Colin Morgan, Bradley James and Richard Wilson. It has already been sold to 112 territories, including Rtl, Canal Plus and Mediaset.

Set in the magical world of King Arthur's Camelot, the show has enchanted family audiences, averaging an audience of 6.2 million viewers for the first eight episodes, with a 28% average share and garnering an average audience of 1.8 million viewers for the repeat on Sundays. »

- By Mimi Turner

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McGrath promises 'Merlin' cliffhanger

2 December 2008 7:34 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Merlin actress Katie McGrath has promised a massive cliffhanger to end the show's first season. The young actress, who plays Morgana, told Digital Spy that she hopes the ending will be resolved by the BBC commissioning further adventures. "We've left all of our characters on such a cliffhanger that you'd feel it wasn't finished unless you got a chance to see them through," she said. "Especially my character, because all her best stuff is yet to come. It's a (more) »

- By Ben Rawson-Jones

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'Merlin' to return for second season?

28 November 2008 8:52 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Merlin producer Johnny Capps has claimed that the BBC has made "very positive noises" about the show returning for a second season. The Saturday night fantasy drama, which takes place during the wizard's formative years, has posted respectable ratings for its opening ten episodes, with last Saturday's instalment attracting 6.42 million viewers. Capps told Teletext: "Nothing has been agreed yet (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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'Merlin' stars keen on second season

16 November 2008 9:38 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Merlin stars Colin Morgan and Bradley James have said they are hopeful that a second season of the BBC One drama will be commissioned. James, who plays Prince Arthur, told Digital Spy: "I think things look very positive. We seem to be getting fans and as long as there's that demand to produce the show, I hope it will work out. I personally would love to do it, given a rest first!" "We loved doing the first series," (more) »

- By Ben Rawson-Jones

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Will Mellor hails dream 'Merlin' role

29 September 2008 1:13 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Will Mellor has described his starring role in the second episode of Merlin as a dream job. "It was phenomenal, what dreams are made of," Mellor told the Manchester Evening News about his part as the treacherous knight Valiant. "I had a great character to play, with horse riding and sword fighting in a stunning setting." However, the filming in sunny Paris did have a downside for the former Hollyoaks star because of the costume he had to wear as Valiant. "It was very hot in the chainmail and (more) »

- By Ben Rawson-Jones

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Morgan: 'Merlin' role is daunting

24 September 2008 6:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Colin Morgan has admitted that he was nervous playing the title role in Merlin. "It's definitely daunting," Morgan told the Radio Times, "but I'm having such a blast making the show that it takes the edge off the nerves... if it continues I'd love to do more, but I'm seeing how it goes." Morgan also explained his atypical portrayal of Merlin, which differs from (more) »

- By Ben Rawson-Jones

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'Merlin' splits Digital Spy readers

22 September 2008 4:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Digital Spy readers have given the opening episode of Merlin a mixed reaction. The new BBC One Saturday evening show launched to a respectable 6.6 million viewers against ITV's X Factor, but the viewers' verdict was split. Andrew Norris from London hailed 'The Dragon's Call' as "great fun, perfect for Saturday night viewing", with Jim Birkett branding the episode "pleasant, escapist entertainment" and many others praising Colin Morgan's performance as the young sorcerer. "It will undoubtedly take a little time to become established viewing," stated Nick from Plymouth, "but it undoubtedly (more) »

- By Ben Rawson-Jones

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'Merlin' pulls in 6.6 million

21 September 2008 2:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The BBC's new Saturday night drama Merlin got off to an impressive start last night, despite going up against The X Factor in the ratings. The new retelling of Arthurian legend focuses on the wizard's uncharted younger days and stars Richard Wilson, Anthony Head and John Hurt. The 13-episode first series has also been bought by NBC in the US, where it will air from next January. The first episode had an average of 6.65m (30%) over 45 minutes from 7.30pm, while on ITV1, ratings juggernaut The X Factor brought in 9.26m (41.7%) over an hour. The audience for Merlin was steady throughout but grew towards the end with a peak of 6.82m (30.3%) at 8.10pm. Before Merlin, the new series of Strictly Come Dancing launched with 7.99m (42.7%) over 80 minutes from 6.10pm. The audience climbed steadily from 6.41m (39%) at 6.15pm to a peak (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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Wilson initially unsure of 'Merlin' role

16 September 2008 1:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Richard Wilson was initially dubious about accepting a part in the BBC's new fantasy drama Merlin. The veteran actor, best known for One Foot In The Grave, told Digital Spy that plenty of persuasion was needed for him to take the role of Merlin's mentor Gaius. "I thought quite hard about it because it's a long commitment," he said. "Filming has been in Wales and France, so it's a long time away from home, which is not particularly attractive. Eventually I decided 'yes'... it's (more) »

- By Ben Rawson-Jones

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Merlin's Cult Connections

14 September 2008 12:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The BBC's lavish adaptation of Merlin is almost upon us, hoping to make Saturday evenings more palatable over the autumn. It certainly ticks some very similar boxes to Doctor Who in terms of family viewing and storytelling, and a look at the cult credentials of the cast certainly explains why. Colin Morgan - Merlin The 22-year-old Northern Irish lad deploys his geeky yet austere looks to fine effect as the young sorcerer Merlin. This rebellious trait, deploying magic when strictly told not to, was also used by Morgan in his role as Jethro in the Doctor Who story 'Midnight' earlier this year. Fortunately, Jethro's 'emo' look hasn't been translated to Merlin. Anthony Head - King Uther Pendragon How times change. During Head's career-defining role as Giles in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, he was frequently working (more) »

- By Ben Rawson-Jones

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John Hurt breathes fire into 'Merlin'

23 July 2008 11:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- John Hurt has joined the cast of "Merlin," Shine Television's live-action fantasy drama for the BBC.

Hurt will provide the voice of the CG-animated Great Dragon in a cast that already includes "Heroes" alum Santiago Cabrera as Lancelot and "Bionic Woman" star Michelle Ryan as the wicked sorceress Nimueh. NBC bought the show sight unseen for the U.S.

Other cast members of the series, which details the life of Arthur long before he becomes king, include Richard Wilson as Gaius, Anthony Head as King Uther Pendragon, Colin Morgan as the young wizard Merlin and Bradley James as the arrogant, brave Prince Arthur.

FremantleMedia Enterprises holds the exclusive distribution, licensing and home entertainment rights (excluding the U.K.) to the series of 13 one-hour episodes.

"Merlin" will premiere on BBC flagship channel BBC 1 in September and then on NBC in midseason. The series also is set to air on CTV in Canada.

The effects are being created by the Mill, with filming taking place in Wales, France and England. »

- By Stuart Kemp

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