15/12/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Merlin, BBC One's Saturday night fantasy drama has been re-commissioned for a second series.
Julie Gardner, head of drama at BBC Wales, told SFcrowsnest.com, "We are thrilled that audiences have entered into the magical world of Camelot and Merlin has been such a big hit on Saturday nights. It has performed outstandingly well. The cast have entertained and enchanted a whole new generation with this fresh and modern retelling of a classic British legend."
Merlin, produced by Shine Television, is set in Camelot. It follows the unlikely friendship of Merlin (Colin Morgan) as a wizard on the cusp of adulthood and his ongoing clashes with a young King Arthur (Bradley James).
Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, Producers, Shine Television, added, "We are absolutely delighted to be returning for a second series. All the principal characters are destined to experience more magical adventures next year. The story of Merlin is a much loved tale and it's so exciting that our updated version has captured the hearts of audiences and brought the magic and myth of Camelot alive."
Also returning are Richard Wilson as court physician Gaius, Anthony Head as King Uther Pendragon, Angel Coulby as Gwen, Katie McGrath as Morgana and John Hurt as the voice of The Great Dragon. CGI effects are created by The Mill, the special effects team behind Gladiator and Doctor Who.
The second series will begin filming 2009 on location in Wales and France.
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