Arthur's Bane: Part One

Series 5 - Episode 1 Arthur's Bane: Part One

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Review

Just as Harry Potter’s story grew darker with time, Merlin looks set to follow suit… And while fans will be pleased to know this series-five opener does nothing to frighten the horses, formula-wise (more than seven million saw the last series’ finale) – it’s full of troubling visions and evil portents.

We’ve moved on three years since Arthur and Gwen finally tied the knot, and the clouds of doom are scudding across the blue skies of Camelot’s prosperity. An expedition led by Gwaine and Percival to the land of the frozen north has vanished, and we all know who’s behind it...

It’s always been classy fare, but if anything Merlin is even more confident now. Still expansively filmed and able to entice great names (Lindsay Duncan returns as no-messing Queen Annis and Julian Glover pops up as a druid), there’s now more beef to the battles and punch to the humour. Not to mention some hilariously gratuitous bare-chestedness.

Summary

Camelot faces a new golden age, but even as the city flowers, the dark seeds of destruction are being sown. In the frozen wastelands of the north, men are disappearing without a trace. King Arthur and his knights undertake a dangerous mission into the unknown in search of answers - but once there, Merlin finds himself locked in a battle unlike any he has fought before.

Cast & Crew

Merlin Colin Morgan
Arthur Bradley James
Ruadan Liam Cunningham
Queen Annis Lindsay Duncan
Gaius Richard Wilson
Voice of the Dragon John Hurt
Morgana Katie McGrath
Gwen Angel Coulby
Sefa Sophie Rundle
The Euchdag Josette Simon
Mordred Alexander Vlahos
Sir Gwaine Eoin Macken
Sir Elyan Adetomiwa Edun
Sir Leon Rupert Young
Sir Percival Tom Hopper
Lochru Julian Glover
Ragnor Stephen McCole
Director Justin Molotnikov
Executive Producer Johnny Capps
Executive Producer Julian Murphy
Producer Sara Hamill
Writer Julian Jones
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