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Merlin

  • 2012
  • Season 5
  • 13 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

Camelot is at the height of its golden age. With Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table at his side, Arthur has never felt stronger.

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Episode 1: Arthur's Bane: Part One

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.
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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.

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Cast

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MerlinColin Morgan
ArthurBradley James
RuadanLiam Cunningham
Queen AnnisLindsay Duncan
GaiusRichard Wilson
Voice of the DragonJohn Hurt
MorganaKatie McGrath
GwenAngel Coulby
SefaSophie Rundle
The EuchdagJosette Simon
MordredAlexander Vlahos
Sir GwaineEoin Macken
Sir ElyanAdetomiwa Edun
Sir LeonRupert Young
Sir PercivalTom Hopper
LochruJulian Glover
RagnorStephen McCole

Crew

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DirectorJustin Molotnikov
Executive producerJohnny Capps
Executive producerJulian Murphy
ProducerSara Hamill
WriterJulian Jones

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