Writers include Julian Jones (head writer), Howard Overman, Jake Michie and Richard Mc Brien.Series five stars the regular cast from the previous series including Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James, Katie Mc Grath, and Richard Wilson.
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Co-creator and storyteller-in-chief Murphy heads up the drama department at Shine, the production company responsible for Merlin. It’s the balance between humour and action and fun and a bit of darkness and scariness. Not only does this den-on-wheels give the actor somewhere to relocate himself inside the story, it also generally guarantees him some much-prized privacy.
It’s him, along with his co-heads Julian Jones and Johnny Capps, who came up with the idea, pitched it to the BBC and wrestled up sufficient funding (Murphy says the Beeb’s cheque doesn’t cover the budget of the show which “costs a lot to make – more than something like Spooks”). Something that’s funny on the page, once you put people in costume, surrounded by tents, you cross a Monty Python line very, very quickly.” He pales slightly at the thought of it. Outside a moment ago, two middle-aged French women with lit cigarettes, oversized sunglasses and high-heeled leather boots (one had a shiny black pair, the other hot pink) wandered onto the set and asked a crew member for Bradley’s phone number.
Anthony Head returns to the cast in a one episode guest appearance.
Alexander Vlahos became part of the regular cast in this series and John Hurt returned as the voice of the Dragon.
“And then I thought – I can’t let them watch any more because I’m taking off a girl’s clothes with my teeth.” All of which added to the delight when Daddy was offered a major role in Merlin. “And I was driving along and I said, ‘So what would be your favourite job I could get? They were so thrilled, because all their mates watch it.” Merlin’s popularity among female adolescents isn’t wholly surprising, given it focuses on courtly young knights battling it out through a series of soap-opera-light storylines, assisted by old hands like Richard Wilson, Anthony Head and John Hurt.
A kind of Doctor Who meets Dungeons & Dragons meets Neighbours, Merlin was commissioned in 2006, with then-controller of BBC One Peter Fincham describing it as “three generation TV – that’s TV you can watch with your grandparents and children”.While jobbing writers are hired to concoct the dialogue, it’s Julian and Johnny who ultimately decide what happens to Arthur, Merlin, Gwen et al. “You’ll have to go through the producer,” the wary staffer told them.In response, the pink-booted one threw her chin in the air, screwed her fag into the ground with a spiky heel and said, in a scorned voice, “D’accord! He slides his thumb under the glued-down flap and peers, ever so briefly into the gap. ” He’s either genuinely surprised or he’s a very good actor. I’m a horse-racing nut.” Agravaine – aka television’s Detective Inspector Lynley; aka Royal Shakespeare Company actor Nathaniel Parker – is here to film his debut in one of the BBC’s most successful ever series.“The producers phoned me up and said, ‘Would you like to do it? “My first thought was ‘yes’.” With his ankle-length black cloak, manly dark stubble/sideburns combo and six-feet-plus of chesty height, it’s hard to imagine the actor doing anything that doesn’t sizzle with testosterone-sauced presence.Legendary Sir Agravaine – Knight of the Round Table; second son of King Lot of Orkney, Lothian and Morgause; friend of Mordred and nephew of Prince Arthur – is sitting in his caravan, reading a book on horses. Today, cast and crew find themselves on location at the beautiful, towering Château de Pierrefonds in Picardy, France.