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  • This BBC series shows the dramatic outcomes of living in a land of myth and a time of magic, putting a new spin on the story of the famous sorcerer Merlin (Colin Morgan). Set in the Kingdom of Camelot, the story follows young Merlin's dangerous journey as he, a young prince Arthur (Bradley James) and other characters come face to face with legendary and fantastical foes and forces. Merlin originally aired on BBC-1.moreless

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  • S 5 : Ep 13

    The Diamond of the Day, Part 2

    Aired 12/24/12

  • S 5 : Ep 12

    The Diamond of the Day (Part One)

    Aired 5/24/13

  • S 5 : Ep 12

    The Diamond of the Day, Part 1

    Aired 12/22/12

  • S 5 : Ep 11

    The Drawing Of The Dark

    Aired 12/15/12

  • S 5 : Ep 10

    The Kindness Of Strangers

    Aired 12/8/12

  • Cast & Crew
  • Colin Morgan


  • Angel Coulby

    Gwen (Guinevere)

  • Bradley James (II)

    Arthur Pendragon

  • Katie McGrath


  • Richard Wilson (III)


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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2094)

    • Colin Morgan: I think Merlin is the next biggest series to hit the screens and I think everyone is gonna love it.

    • Angel Coulby: I would describe this series as a sparkling magical adventure.

    • Johnny Capps: I think Merlin is fantastic family viewing. It's the best thing on television.

    • Bradley James: It's certainly the hugest event in my life, it's got all the ingredients to be something quite special and hopefully it'll be. I certainly think kids are gonna love it.

    • Anthony Head: A truly universal show.

    • Will Cohen: Watching a series come together in front of your eyes is a real privilege.

    • Jeremy Webb: There's fun and wit and fantastic action set pieces that I think are gonna keep people just glued to their seats.

    • Holly Grainger: The appeal to such a broad audience cause it's like great action sequences for the kids but some of the stories are quite deep, quite dark.

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    Notes (1305)

    • Also Known As: Ukraine: Merlin w potrzebie 2008.

    • This especial behind the scenes look at Merlin has been made and released in exclusive for Channel 10 in Australia.

    • A shortened version of this feature was released on NBC under the title On Set of Merlin and even a shorter one was released in Channel 10 Australia under the title Merlin: Meet the Cast.

    • This especial behind the scenes look at Merlin has been made and released in exclusive for Channel 10 in Australia.

    • Alongside with this clip, Angel Coulby, Bradley James, Colin Morgan, Katie McGrath, Anthony Head and Richard Wilson campaigned for the 2008 BBC Children In Need appeal with a series of pictures.

    • A pronunciation guide is included in every script so the cast gets an idea of how to pronounce all the backstory words.

    • Each episode has some 33 minutes of music, way more than most dramas.

    • According to Barney Curnow, VFX supervisor from The Mill, background shots are made so then magical creatures can be put into them later. They use a shiny ball for lighting purposes whenever there's 3D CGI as it reflects the whole environment and so they make sure that the creature they put in that environment is lit exactly as it should be as if it was in the frame when the background shots were filmed.

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    Trivia (986)

    • During his interview, Colin Morgan wears a black Kangaroo Poo jersey tee.

    • Santiago Cabrera says that Lancelot and Merlin meet at the very beginning of episode 6, but they actually meet in episode 1x05 Lancelot.

    • The scene of the fight in the woods when Arthur first encounters Aulfric and Sophia was shot on August 4th, 2008.

    • This episode features from Merlin's series one episodes 1x01 The Dragon's Call, 1x02 Valiant, 1x03 The Mark of Nimueh, 1x04 The Poisoned Chalice, 1x05 Lancelot, 1x06 A Remedy to Cure All Ills, 1x07 The Gates of Avalon and 1x08 The Beginning of the End.

    • Merlin being put in the stocks has been a recurrent topic during Merlin series 1, as it can be seen in episode 1x01 The Dragon's Call and episode 1x07 The Gates of Avalon.

    • The clip starts with the caption 'Once upon a time in Camelot...'.

    • Scenes from all 13 episodes from Merlin series 1 can be seen during this episode.

    • Goof: Arthur can be seen falling asleep before Uther does, but right after Uther has fallen sleep himself, Arthur can be briefly seen still awake.

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    Allusions (51)

    • Johnny Capps: Julian [Murphy] and I always wanted to work with him but he's always been busy doing the Harry Potter films. Harry Potter is a series of 7 novels by British author J. K. Rowling. The books depict the adventures of an adolescent wizard called Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of them students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They have adapted for the big screen.

    • Will Cohen: The other big show we work on is Doctor Who. Doctor Who is a British sci-fi show that features the adventures of a mysterious time-traveller known as "the Doctor" who uses what appears to be the exterior of a blue 19950's police box to travel through time, face various foes and right some wrongs.

    • Will Cohen: The Mill is a visual effects house and post production house. It's won an Oscar for its work in Gladiator in 2001. Gladiator is a 2000 epic movie directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe. It won five Oscars including Best Picture.

    • Pudsey. A yellow teddy bear with a bandaged eye called Pudsey is the mascot of Children in Need, a charity working in the UK raising money for children aged18 and under with physical, mental, or sensory disabilities, psychological or behavioural disorders; those living in neglect and deprivation situations or suffering any kind of abuse.

    • The Great Dragon: Arthur is the once and future king who will unite the land of Albion. 'The Once And Future King' is a title often ascribed to Arthur, taken from the supposed inscription over his grave HIC IACET ARTORIVS REX QVONDAM REXQVE FVTVRVS (Here lies Arthur, the once and future king). It is also the title of an Arthurian fantasy novel written by T.H. White published in 1958.

    • Arthur: Before the feast of Beltane. Beltane is one of the earth festivals within the year, celebrated on May 1. The Celts saw it as the beginning of summer. Wiccans and pagans see Beltane as one of the eight sabbats (the solar holidays which make up the wheel of the year).

    • Gaius: A cockatrice. It guards the forest. Its venom is potent. A single drop would mean certain death. A cockatrice is a creature from myth and legend, supposed to resemble a large rooster with the tail of a lizard. Similar to a basilisk, the difference between the two creatures is that the cockatrice has wings. According to a twelfth-century text, the cockatrice is born from a chicken egg that has been incubated by a toad or a snake. The cockatrice in this episode seems to resemble more closely a basilisk, which is described as 'a huge multi-limbed lizard'.

    • The Poisoned Chalice Not only does the title refer to the actual chalice used by Nimueh to poison Merlin, it also refers to a thing or situation which- upon first receiving it- appears good but is later revealed to be bad (Nimueh seems good when she is in the guise of the maid Cara but turns out to be evil).

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  • Fan Reviews (185)
  • Great show Bad ending

    By 28eswan, Aug 02, 2015

  • I thought it would be more!

    By eddieleon7946, Feb 16, 2015

  • Wish they would start this up again.

    By vamorse, Jan 14, 2015

  • Bad! bad! ending

    By rankimg_tei, Dec 13, 2014

  • Good But Bad. Pissed Off.

    By carlyskittle3, Oct 30, 2014