Merlin - Season 1

BBC (ended 2012)




Episode Guide

  • Le Morte d'Arthur
    Episode 13
    When out on a hunt, Arthur encounters a huge monstrous creature never before seen. Gaius realises it is a Questing Beast, a creature conjured from the nightmares of a long-dead king, whose bite is always fatal. When Arthur faces the creature again, it is vanquished... but Arthur is bitten and his life hangs in the balance. Merlin is told by the Great Dragon to seek the Isle of the Blessed, where members of the old religion have the power to save the future king. However, there is a price to pay. In order for a life to be saved, a life must be taken...moreless
  • To Kill The King
    Episode 12
    When Gwen's father Tom unwittingly helps a renegade sorcerer turn lead into gold, he is arrested and faces trial for treason. Despite pleas from both Arthur and Morgana, Uther is adamant- Tom will be tried and, if found guilty, will be executed. Morgana tries to help Tom escape but tragedy ensues... and Morgana becomes hellbent on revenge. Merlin uncovers a plot to kill Uther, but will he try and stop it- or sit by and let it happen?moreless
  • 11/29/08
    When Arthur kills a unicorn, he brings a curse upon Camelot. With the mythic city plagued by both famine and drought, time is short for the curse to be lifted. The mysterious Anhora, keeper of the unicorns, tells Arthur he is responsible for bringing the famine to Camelot- and to lift the curse, Arthur will be tested... but unless he makes amends for the killing of the unicorn, Camelot will be doomed.moreless
  • The Moment Of Truth
    Episode 10
    Merlin's home village of Ealdor is attacked by raiders led by the fearsome Kanen, but Uther will not do anything to help- to cross into Ealdor, which is outside of Camelot's boundaries, would constitute an act of war. Merlin leaves Camelot to help to defend his home- and is surprised to find help from Morgana, Gwen and Arthur. However, an old friend of Merlin forces the young sorcerer into making a difficult choice: will he use magic to save the village and thus reveal his secret to Arthur?moreless
  • Excalibur
    Episode 9
    Uther's past comes back to haunt him as a mysterious black knight interrupts Arthur's coming-of-age celebrations, throwing down his gauntlet and challenging the Knights of Camelot to combat. The Black Knight, seemingly unstoppable, makes easy work of his combatants. But who is the Black Knight, and why is Uther so uneasy?moreless
  • 11/8/08
    When a druid and his boy apprentice are caught in Camelot, Morgana and Merlin hide the boy from Uther's guards- but the druid is executed. Uther declares that anyone harbouring the boy will be dealt with severely. They must try and smuggle the boy from Camelot without being caught. But why does the Great Dragon insist that Merlin should not help?moreless
  • 11/1/08
    Arthur and Merlin save a young woman and her father from a band of brigands. Arthur becomes quite besotted with the young girl, Sophia, and offers them refuge in Camelot. However, it's not just Merlin who is suspicious of the new arrivals- Morgana awakes from a nightmare about Arthur's death at the hands of a beautiful young woman to find Sophia is the girl in the nightmare...moreless
  • 10/25/08
    When Morgana falls ill, Gaius is unable to cure her. However, a mysterious physician named Edwin Muirden is able to make her well again. As Edwin charms his way into the court, Gaius becomes suspicious. But is there a darker motive at work?
  • Lancelot
    Episode 5
    Merlin is saved from a terrifying winged beast by a heroic stranger- a young man named Lancelot, who dreams of becoming a Knight of Camelot. In order to thank him, Merlin provides falsified records of Lancelot's noble birth and Lancelot is accepted. However, with the winged beast- discovered to be a Griffin- still on the loose, Merlin's decision could have far-reaching consequences not just for Lancelot but for Camelot...moreless
  • 10/11/08
    As Bayard and the Knights of the Western Isles are welcomed to Camelot for a feast, Nimueh infiltrates Bayard's entourage and begins a plot to get revenge on Merlin. Posing as a servant girl, she tricks Merlin into drinking from a poisoned chalice. Falling gravely ill, the only chance Merlin has is for an antidote to be prepared. Arthur takes it upon himself to retrieve the needed ingredients but, with Nimueh doing everything she can to thwart Arthur's quest, will they be able to save Merlin in time?moreless
  • The Mark of Nimueh
    Episode 3
    Camelot faces a double danger when a lethal plague starts spreading through the castle and Gwen is arrested for witchcraft. Merlin must team up with Arthur and Morgana to find the culprit behind the evil deeds.
  • Part 2 of 2
    Part 2 of 2
    Episode 2
    Conclusion. Merlin (Sam Neill) tries to guide Arthur through his reign, but Mab exploits Arthur's son, Mordred---and Lancelot's love for Guinevere---to achieve her own objectives. Mab: Miranda Richardson. King Arthur: Paul Curran. Mordred: Jason Done. Morgan le Fey: Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by Steve Barron.
  • Valiant
    Episode 2
    A knight named Valiant arrives in court to compete in a sword-fighting tournament. Valiant holds in his power an enchanted shield which causes great harm to his opponents. Merlin's attempts to warn everyone fall on deaf ears- and Arthur is next to face Valiant.
  • Part 1 of 2
    Part 1 of 2
    Episode 1
    The legendary wizard (Sam Neill) and mentor of King Arthur is the focus of this two-part fantasy revisiting the Camelot epic. In Part 1 of 2, Merlin is conceived through the magic of the wicked Queen Mab (Miranda Richardson) and educated by her. But the two eventually become mortal enemies. Nimue: Isabella Rossellini. Frik: Martin Short. Vortigern: Rutger Hauer. Directed by Steve Barron.moreless
  • The Dragon's Call
    Episode 1
    Merlin, a young man with the gift of magic, arrives in Camelot in search of a new beginning only to find himself in a place where magic is punishable by death. Here he meets Gaius, his mentor; the ruthless king of Camelot, Uther Pendragon; his ward, the beautiful Lady Morgana; Gwen, her friendly maidservant; and the arrogant but handsome prince Arthur, upon whom the future of Camelot depends. Desperate to find a purpose for his magic, Merlin is stunned to discover that his destiny is to protect the future king, with whom he does not get along particularly well.moreless
  • The Adventures of Merlin: The Secrets Behind the Magic
    This especial episode goes behind the scenes for over 20 minutes to look back at series 1 as well as offering exclusive backstage footage, production details and on-set cast and crew interviews which help recreate the magic and reveal some secrets behind the making of Merlin.
  • Merlin in Need 2008
    In a two minute specially-written Merlin episode for the 2008 BBC's Children In Need appeal, the kingdom of Camelot raises money for the yellow teddy bear Pudsey, by throwing rotten vegetables at Merlin.
  • What is Merlin About?
    This especial feature goes behind the scenes for 10 minutes to offer an insight to the show by means of exclusive backstage footage, production details and on-set cast and crew interviews which help recreate the magic and reveal some secrets behind the making of Merlin.