26/05/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Merlin returns to BBC One in autumn 2009 for its second season – with guest stars joining the regular cast such as Mackenzie Crook (Pirates Of The Caribbean, The Office), who is guest-staring in the opening episode as the creepy Cedric, who is determined to muscle in on Merlin's position as Arthur's right-hand-man – much to Merlin's frustration.
Sarah Parish (Mistresses, Cutting It) will play a disgusting troll masquerading as the beautiful Lady Catrina; Adrian Lester (Hustle, Bonekickers) is the devious Myror; Charles Dance (Bleak House, Gosford Park) will guest-star as Aredian, the sinister Witchfinder; and Santiago Cabrera (Heroes) returns as the dashing Lancelot.
Colin Morgan returns as secret hero Merlin, who must fulfil his destiny to protect the young Prince Arthur (Bradley James) and the kingdom of Camelot, a place where magic has been banned by the ruthless King Uther (Anthony Head).
Merlin and Arthur's master-servant friendship once again provides many comical moments, as Merlin struggles to keep his magical gifts a secret from Prince and King alike. They join Katie McGrath as Morgana, the King's ward who has a secret she dare not reveal; Angel Coulby as her loyal maid Gwen, who begins her difficult journey towards becoming the Queen Guinevere of legend; and Richard Wilson as wise Court Physician Gaius. John Hurt also returns as the voice of the Great Dragon, the mythical creature imprisoned by the King.
CGI effects will again be created by The Mill, the visual and special effects team behind Gladiator and Doctor Who.
Johnny Capps, Executive Producer for Shine Television, told the Nest, "We're thrilled to be producing another series of Merlin for the BBC. It's going to be bigger, bolder and more action-packed than ever, with great new villains, white knuckle fight sequences and hilarious comic fun for the whole family to enjoy."
Bethan Jones, Executive Producer for BBC, added, "With its combination of fantasy, humour and adventure Merlin has firmly established itself as a Saturday evening family fixture. It's great to be working again with the brilliant Shine team who have put together a thrilling second series."
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