Director: James Hawes
Writer: Julian Jones
Production Company: Shine
A new prime time drama set in medieval England about the legendary wizard Merlin is due to be screened on BBC One this Autumn!
The programme sees Merlin as a young man at Uther’s Court, where magic is outlawed. Working as Arthur’s manservant, Merlin is forced to keep his magical skills secret.
The 13 part series boasts an impressive cast including Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave), Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman), Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Santiago Cabrera (Heroes)
Merlin was filmed mostly in a studio with Penshurst Place one of only three locations chosen to film on location where the production company Shine visited the unique Baron’s Hall with it’s awe-inspiring height and courtly atmosphere.
Chislehurst Caves features in episode 3, series one for underground scenes where Arthur and Merlin battle the water beast.
Penshurst Place is a beautiful medieval estate with a history spanning nearly 700 years and has been seen on screen for filming projects including The Hollow Crown – Henry V (2012), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and The Gathering (2003).
Season 5 aired on BBC 1 on Saturday nights from February 2008.
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