Fans of BBC fantasy drama Merlin will be cheered to know that the corporation has commissioned a fifth series of the boy wizard’s adventures.
The show’s co-financers, FremantleMedia, announced its return at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, California.
Series regulars Anthony Head, Bradley James, Katie McGrath and Colin Morgan will all reprise their roles for the fifth series, which will begin filming in Wales and Pierrefonds, France in March 2012. No plot or character details have been released at this stage.
The upcoming fourth series of Merlin, which will air on BBC1 this autumn, sees Merlin using all his power to ensure that the young Arthur fulfils his potential as the Once and Future King.
Merlin, which began airing in 2008, tells the story of the Arthurian wizard as a youngster in Camelot, charting the development of his powers and the realisation of his destiny in a similar fashion to Smallville, a programme about the early years of Superman.
Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, executive producers at the show’s production company, Shine TV, said: “We are both delighted to have a fifth series commissioned and thrilled with the worldwide success of Merlin. We have some fantastic ideas in mind for the next stage of the journey and relish the chance to take the programme to the next level!”