Merlin is a British fantasy – adventure television programme, created by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps and starring Colin Morgan in the title role.
It was broadcast on BBC One from 20 September 2008 to 24 December 2012.
The show is loosely based on the Arthurian legends of the young wizard Merlin and his relationship with King Arthur but differs from traditional versions. The show was produced by independent production company Shine Limited. It was immensely popular and very well received by the public. In 2012, the show’s producers announced that its fifth series would be its last, with a two-part finale finishing the show on 24 December 2012.
Merlin is a young warlock who arrives in the kingdom of Camelot after his mother arranges for him to stay with the court physician, Gaius. He discovers that the king, Uther Pendragon, has outlawed magic and imprisoned the last Dragon deep under the kingdom. After hearing a mysterious voice inside his head, Merlin makes his way to the cavern beneath Camelot where the Dragon tells Merlin that he has an important destiny: to protect Uther’s son, Arthur, who will return magic to Camelot and unite the land of Albion. When Merlin meets Arthur, he believes that he is an arrogant bully and Arthur, likewise, has a less than stellar opinion of Merlin. After saving the prince’s life Merlin becomes his servant and the two eventually become friends. But when Uther’s actions cause his ward Morgana to turn against Camelot, Merlin must ally himself with the Once and Future King, Arthur, to save the kingdom of Albion. ”
Colin Morgan: ” From the beginning this was always going to be a five-year journey that we embarked on, and I think the show has run its natural course. The show has grown and grown each year and now we’ve arrived at its strongest point and we’ve achieved what we set out to do… I know this is the end, and I know this is goodbye, but thank you for being there on the journey with us because it has been a lot of fun”
Johnny Capps about Colin’s acting in Merlin
“ Colin has always been a fantastic actor, and when we auditioned him we saw that he had a huge range – which we knew would be essential for the role, What’s amazing about Colin as an actor is that you’re constantly refining his lines because he has such a powerful presence on screen. He can do so much with just a look now. Because of that, with the way we write the dialogue and conceive stories, we can be far more filmic in Merlin’s journey – because Colin doesn’t have to constantly communicate what he’s feeling and thinking through dialogue. He communicates those things so well with just his face that we’re able to push the emotional content of stories a lot more.