|The BBC reports that a host of stars including John Hurt, Michelle Ryan and Richard Wilson are set to appear in BBC One’s latest Saturday night drama, Merlin.
The 13-part series follows the fabled friendship between the young wizard Merlin and Prince Arthur.
Bafta-winner Hurt will provide the voice of Merlin’s mentor, the Great Dragon, while Bionic Woman star Ryan will play wicked sorceress Nimueh.
Newcomer Colin Morgan, 22, from Northern Ireland, takes the title role.
BBC Wales’ Head of Drama Julie Gardner, also an executive producer on Doctor Who, said:
In this new version, Merlin and Arthur are young contemporaries for the first time ever, bringing a much loved tale to a whole new generation with a fresh, youthful new look and approach for Saturday nights
The drama is set in a time before Arthur becomes king, as Merlin comes to terms with his magical powers.
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