Merlin is a British fantasy-adventure television series developed by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps. It began its broadcast on the channel BBC One on 20 September 2008. The series is based on the Arthurian legends of the mythical wizard Merlin and his relationship with Prince Arthur, but differs from traditional versions of the legend in many ways, especially the characters. It is produced by independent production company Shine Limited.
The primary logo for the Merlin BBC television series.
Actor: Colin Morgan
Merlin is a young, remarkably talented magician who attempts to keep his powers secret and will one day become the greatest wizard in the world. He is also Arthur's servant, protector, and friend, despite the initial animosity between the two and his occasional annoyance as Arthur can be rude to him. He is compassionate and tries to see the good in all people, doing what he feels is just.
Actor: Bradley James
The headstrong and extremely arrogant yet brave and good-hearted son of King Uther, and future King of Camelot. He deeply cares about the people of Camelot even more than he does about himself. Though Arthur has been "trained to fight since birth" and is excellent in combat, he is often vulnerable and Merlin must protect him from harm to fulfil this legend. Arthur becomes friends with Merlin, despite being his master, and the pair have saved one another's lives on numerous occasions. Although Arthur shares his father's prejudice against magic, it becomes apparent that he is more tolerant and fair-minded than Uther, often advocating second chances and banishment rather than execution. During the second series, he falls in love with Guinevere.
Actor: Katie McGrath
King Uther's ward and his illegitimate daughter (this secret is revealed in series 3 to Gaius, and Merlin overhears.) Morgana is best friends with Gwen despite their class differences, as well as good friends with Merlin in series 1 and most of series 2. She is secretly a "seer" - a person who has prophetic powers. Although she does not realize it until the beginning of series 2, sheólike Merlinówas born with magic (although Merlin is much more powerful). While Gaius acts as a mentor to Merlin, he tells Morgana that she does not have any in an attempt to protect her, giving her a sleeping potion that prevents her prophetic dreams. She is constantly lied to and thus feels alienated and confused. She is brave and forthright, caring deeply about others and strongly opposing Uther's persecution of anyone who comes into contact with magic.