The Adventures of Merlin (also known simply as Merlin) is a British fantasy drama television series created and produced by Julian Murphy, Johnny Capps, Jake Michie and Julian Jones which is based on the Arthurian legends of the mythical wizard Merlin and his relationship with Prince Arthur, differing significantly from traditional versions of the myth.
The series aired in the UK on BBC One from 20 September, 2008 to 24 December, 2012. There are 65 hour-long episodes in five seasons.
The series premiered in South Africa on M-Net on Saturday 2 January 2009, at 19h00. It later aired on DStv's M-Net HD channel and on TopTV's Top One channel. It was moved to DStv's M-Net Series channel for Season 4. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
The Adventures of Merlin premiered on Top One with a double bill on Saturday 25 June 2011, at 17h00. New episodes broadcast in a double bill weekly. There are 13 episodes in the first season.
The mythical city of Camelot, in a time before history began. A fantastical realm of legendary beasts and mysterious peoples. A dangerous world in which magic has been banned by the ruthless tyrant, Uther Pendragon.
When Merlin, a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers, arrives in the kingdom, he quickly makes enemies, including the heir to Uther's crown, the headstrong Prince Arthur.
But guided by Uther's wise physician, Gaius, Merlin is soon using his talents not just to survive but also to unlock Camelot's mystical secrets.
As he does so he discovers that his destiny and that of the kingdom’s young leader in waiting, Arthur, are inextricably linked.
Starring Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head as King Uther, Richard Wilson as Gaius, Katie McGrath as Morgana and Angel Coulby as Gwen, The Adventures of Merlin is an imaginative and enthralling new twist on a legend that is as old as time.
Produced by the award-winning team behind Hex and Sugar Rush, Julian Murphy, Johnny Capps, Jake Michie and Julian Jones, and directed by James Hawes, the series is an epic, magical, adventure-packed drama designed to appeal to all the family.
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 2 Jan 2010 | Finale: 27 Mar 2010 | Saturdays, 19h00
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 25 Jun 2011 | Finale: 6 Aug 2011 | Saturdays, 17h00
Season 2 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 7 Aug 2010 | Finale: 30 Oct 2010 | Saturdays, 19h00
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 7 Aug 2010 | Finale: 30 Oct 2010 | Saturdays, 19h00
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 8 May 2012 | Finale: 31 Jul 2012 | Tuesdays, 19h00
Season 3 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 8 Apr 2011 | Finale: 1 Jul 2011 | Fridays, 18h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 8 Apr 2011 | Finale: 1 Jul 2011 | Fridays, 18h30
Season 4 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 10 Dec 2011 | Finale: 3 Mar 2012 | Saturdays, 21h30
Season 5 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 30 Mar 2013 | Finale: 22 Jun 2013 | Saturdays, 20h30