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"Merlin" Arthur's Bane: Part One (2012)

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Merlin: Season 5: Episode 1 -- As the forces of fate cast a shadow over Camelot, Merlin must confront his darkest fears.
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6 October 2012 (Season 5, Episode 1)
Arthur has been king for three years without incident, but now an expedition north to the land of Ismere... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

John Hurt ... The Dragon (voice)

Colin Morgan ... Merlin

Bradley James ... Arthur

Angel Coulby ... Gwen

Sophie Rundle ... Sefa

Adetomiwa Edun ... Sir Elyan
Rupert Young ... Sir Leon

Richard Wilson ... Gaius

Eoin Macken ... Sir Gwaine

Tom Hopper ... Sir Percival

Katie McGrath ... Morgana

Liam Cunningham ... Ruadan

Julian Glover ... Lochru

Alexander Vlahos ... Mordred

Lindsay Duncan ... Queen Annis
Josette Simon ... The Euchdag (voice)

Stephen McCole ... Ragnor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eran Backler ... Worker (uncredited)

John Bradley ... Tyr Seward (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Justin Molotnikov 
Writing credits
Julian Jones (creator) and
Jake Michie (creator) and
Johnny Capps (creator) and
Julian Murphy (creator)

Julian Jones (written by)

Produced by
Johnny Capps .... executive producer
Sara Hamill .... producer
Rachel Knight .... co-producer
Julian Murphy .... executive producer
Amanda Wilkie .... co-producer
Gareth Williams .... associate producer
Original Music by
James Gosling 
Rob Lane 
Rohan Stevenson 
Cinematography by
Dale McCready (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Simon Reglar 
Casting by
Jill Trevellick 
Production Design by
Ed Turner 
Art Direction by
Tristan Peatfield 
Costume Design by
Jane Spicer 
Makeup Department
Natalie Cook .... makeup trainee
Clarisse Domine .... makeup artist: France
Amanda Finlay .... makeup artist
Jody Williams .... hair designer
Jody Williams .... makeup designer
Kelly Willis .... makeup artist
Production Management
Claude Albouze .... production manager: France
Clare Buxton .... post-production supervisor
Erwan Doré .... assistant unit manager: France (as Erwan Dore)
Alexandra Kosevic .... production manager
Sébastien Quérité .... unit manager: France (as Sebastien Querite)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Byles .... second assistant director
Sarah Lawrence .... third assistant director
Simon Morris .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mary Buri .... standby props
Joseph Craig .... construction manager
Chris Felstead .... standby props
Dave Simpson .... dressing props (as David Simpson)
Nic Stubbings .... standby props
Francois Texier .... assistant prop buyer: France
Claire Trumble .... graphic art director
Ian Tully .... production buyer
Jenny Turner .... storyboard artist
Silas Gee Williams .... dressing props (as Silas Williams)
Jason Wood .... property master (as Jason 'Big J' Wood)
James Foley .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ben Baird .... dubbing mixer
Adrian Bell .... sound recordist
Pat Boxshall .... dubbing editor
Jamie McPhee .... dubbing editor
Alexej Mungersdorff .... dubbing editor (as Alexej Müngersdorff)
Chips Paul .... dubbing mixer
Adam Ridge .... sound maintenance
Patrick O'Boyle .... boom operator (uncredited)
Rob Price .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Nick Roberts .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Paul Schwartz .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Andy Adam .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jonathan Wilson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Lizzie Bentley .... concept artist: matte painter (uncredited)
Alejandro Galan Franquet .... generalist td (uncredited)
Alex Galan .... lighting technical director: Vine (uncredited)
Elysia Greening .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Sandro Henriques .... lead compositor: Vine (uncredited)
Michael Illingworth .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Jonathan Moulin .... lighting td: Vine (uncredited)
Clara Parati .... digital artist (uncredited)
John Roberts-Cox .... lighting technical director: Vine (uncredited)
David Rouxel .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Robert Cooper .... stunt performer (as Rob Cooper)
Gary Crosby .... rider
Jean Dominikowski .... rider (as Jean Dominikowsky)
Levan Doran .... stunt performer
Rick English .... stunt performer
David Forman .... stunt coordinator
Ludovic Gortva .... rider
Carl Greenwood .... rider (as Karl Greenwood)
Dylan Jones .... horse master
Gary Kane .... stunt performer
Frédéric Laforet .... assistant horse master (as Frederic Laforet)
Mike Lambert .... stunt performer
Stephanie Lelievre .... rider (as Stephane Lelievre)
Pascal Madura .... horse master
Ray Nicholas .... stunt performer
Ryan Quayle .... rider
Bernard Quental .... rider
Tony Sams .... rider
Shane Steyn .... stunt performer
Alexandre Tranchard .... rider
Yann Vaille .... rider
Romain Vergnaud .... rider
Rick Manning .... action coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Craig Atkinson .... key grip
Alice Canty .... second camera assistant
Gary Chaisty .... gaffer
Mark Day .... best boy
Ed Dunning .... third camera assistant (as Edd Dunning)
Mark Jenkinson .... rigging electrician
Ivan Meagher .... camera operator
Greg Murray .... grip
Owen Richards .... electrician
Phil Green .... electrician (uncredited)
Dan Norrish .... electrician: dailies (uncredited)
Jake Polonsky .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Bob Morris .... casting assistant
Sébastien Protat .... background casting: France (as Sebastien Protat)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yolande Autin .... costume assistant: France
Amy Clarke .... costume mistress: crowd
Samantha Cousins .... costume supervisor (as Sam Cousins)
Beth Johnson .... costume standby
Emma Jones .... costume standby
Lloyd Middleton .... costume trainee
Editorial Department
Scott Hinchcliffe .... on-line editor
Kevin Horsewood .... colorist
Damion Katwaroo .... conform editor
Tom White .... assistant editor
Aaron Coot .... dailies operator (uncredited)
Robert Scammell .... dailies telecine assistant (uncredited)
James Slattery .... dailies assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Michal Pavlícek .... composer: additional music
Darrell Alexander .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Medyr Llewelyn .... runner driver
Brian Scott .... unit driver
Gareth Webb .... runner driver
Dave Williams .... facilities coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Frederique Altschul .... background wrangler: France
Laurene Bosquet .... production trainee: France
Clare Brewer .... rushes runner
Gareth Brock .... assistant accountant
Alexandra Carruthers .... assistant script editor
Lucy Enfield .... script supervisor
Alexandra Falleyn .... production runner
Midge Ferguson .... location manager
Kathryn Holland .... brand manager: Shine
Sam Jones .... production coordinator
Laurence Parker .... production accountant
Marie Popovitch .... production coordinator: France
Robert Price .... production secretary
Lucy Rawlinson .... drama coordinator: Shine
Rosie Robinson .... second assistant accountant
Alexander Szygowski .... floor runner
Leslie Morcillo .... stage manager (uncredited)
John Singh .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Did You Know?

Liam Cunningham has acted in two other film/TV productions with a King Arthur theme, Camelot and First Knight.See more »
Merlin:Do you really think Gwaine and Percival could still be alive?
Arthur:I have to find out. They're Knights of the Round Table. It's a bond we share.
Merlin:I understand.
Arthur:If it was you that disappeared, Merlin, I wouldn't bother.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Two Parters are always a problem, 21 February 2015
Author: A_Different_Drummer from North America

To be fair, Merlin is not the only episodic TV show that stumbles when trying to do a 2-parter.

There are so many challenges. You are basically almost creating a small full-length movie, so expectations are raised, yet you still have to stagger the scenes to allow for commercials and you must close the story with the appropriate arcs "up in the air" so the writers can slog on when the next episode appears.

That last one is the killer.

The reason I am appending this review to Part I of the two parter is that (and this has happened before, and will happen again) is that Part I is the far superior drama.

Un-hampered by the need to string the viewer along, the production team is free to cut loose in Part I. And indeed they did. It is clever, well written, lavishly produced, constantly entertaining, and even contains an odd (but fun) homage to LORD OF THE RINGS. Very enjoyable.

And the problem (if you watch the second part or 5.2) is that the quality will fall. The pacing will drop, actions will become more trivial, and because of the need to keep all the story "balls in the air" the conclusion will not be as satisfying as the buildup.

So make hay while the sun shines. Enjoy this while you can.

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