Young Merlin (Colin Morgan) is a teenager, discovering and then learning to master his magical gift. Magister Gaius (Richard Wilson), King Uther Pendragon's (Anthony Head's) learned court physician to whom he's assigned as humble page, teaches him medicine, coaches his magical self-study, and warns him of Uther's strong aversion to magic. Merlin becomes squire to the noble but imprudent crown Prince, Arthur (Bradley James), whose fate is linked with Merlin.
Magic is his destiny.
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Did You Know?
The BBC had been keen on showing a drama based on the character of Merlin for some time; a year before the Shine series was initiated, Writer and Producer Chris Chibnall
had been developing a project aimed at a BBC One Sunday night slot, but this was ultimately not commissioned. See more
Arthur's sword is always shown either inside a leather scabbard or tucked into his leather belt. Yet throughout the entire series, each time he grabs his sword to wield it, it makes a distinctive metallic scraping sound, as if withdrawn from a metal scabbard. This is physically impossible. See more
In a land of myth, and a time of magic, the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young man. His name... Merlin.