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His Father's Son

Series 4 - Episode 5 His Father's Son



One of the truly impressive strings to Merlin’s bow is the ability to attract classy names. Charles Dance, Miriam Margolyes, John Lynch and Frank Finlay are just some of the thesping titans to romp through the fantastical landscapes of Albion. The serene Lindsay Duncan is the latest to join the Camelot club.

Formidable in the Waters of Mars episode of Doctor Who, Duncan here plays the equally intimidating, Boudicca-like Queen Annis, who presents Arthur with his first true test as king in a tale of revenge and responsibility.

A trespassing dispute escalates in a way that incurs the queen’s wrath... and you can see where this is heading. Crone-before-her-time Morgana, who probably has the maxim “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” nailed above her mantelpiece, soon sticks her big, black oar in. And gives it a stir for good measure.


Arthur faces his first true test as king when he incurs the wrath of the formidable Queen Annis - and as thousands of lives hang in the balance, he struggles to find the strength to become the leader his people so desperately need. Lindsay Duncan guest stars in the sword-and-sorcery drama, with Bradley James and Colin Morgan.

Cast & Crew

Queen Annis Lindsay Duncan
Merlin Colin Morgan
Arthur Bradley James
Gaius Richard Wilson
Agravaine Nathaniel Parker
Morgana Katie McGrath
Gwen Angel Coulby
Voice of the Dragon John Hurt
Sir Elyan Adetomiwa Edun
Sir Leon Rupert Young
Sir Percival Tom Hopper
Sir Gwaine Eoin Macken
Caerleon Steven Hartley
Director Alex Pillai
Producer Johnny Capps
Producer Julian Murphy
Writer Jake Michie
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