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PostSubject: Merlin   Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:24 am



The legend of Merlin and King Arthur has long held film makers under its spell, inspiring works from Camelot to Lancelot, Excalibur to Monty Python & The Holy Grail.
When producers Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps came up with the idea of re-telling the legend for a new audience they faced a daunting task: finding a fresh approach to a story that is inextricably woven into everyday culture.

"It was a challenge. This is a story that's been rewritten throughout history. Every generation has wanted to tell its own version," says Murphy.

The duo had just finished working on Sky's hit teen horror show Hex when the idea first took shape.

"We had enjoyed doing a high concept show and it cemented our feeling that we wanted to do more of them," says Capps.

"We started looking at different worlds and mythologies and were soon looking at Merlin. Nobody had attempted it for a while. The last version starred Sam Neill as Merlin, a decade or so ago."

The pair were clear from the outset that theirs would be a fantastical Camelot that would stir the imagination.

"We didn't want to make a 15th century version of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. We wanted to produce something that merged the legend with big, family entertainment.

"We wanted to set it in the past but in a fantasy period, the world of Narnia, Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings," says Murphy.

After watching the success of the American series Smallville, about the early years of Superman, Murphy, Capps and writer Jake Michie began imagining a series which set Arthur and Merlin in a Camelot that existed before its golden age.

This approach allowed the team to present seemingly familiar characters in an unfamiliar setting.

"Just as in Smallville we wanted to subvert expectations. So Camelot is a land where magic is banned. Merlin, rather than being an unbelievably old and wise wizard is a young boy who works as Arthur's manservant and has to hide his abilities. He saves Arthur on a regular basis but always has to keep his magic a secret," explains Capps.

"We also wanted to subvert the expectations of Arthur. He is not the heroic king of legend. He is a young man, rather like Prince Harry, who likes to party, enjoys his status but who also shows kingly qualities," he adds.

"That then gave us great possibilities for taking the story on. We could follow the two of them to see how Arthur unites the land of Albion and Merlin becomes the great wizard."

With a youthful audience in mind, Murphy, Capps and their colleagues were keen to create characters with which their young audience could identify easily.

"Being 18 feels the same in this world as it does in our world. We have tried to make it accessible. There are moments when Arthur and Merlin are adolescents," explains Murphy.

And at the heart of the drama is the relationship between Arthur and Merlin, two boys from very different backgrounds.

"Arthur is boorish but brave and he is the son of Uther, so he is going to be king one day. Merlin is a more working-class boy. At first they don't like each other but then Merlin becomes Arthur's servant and they develop an odd couple relationship."

For all the original twists to the familiar stories, the series remains true to the spirit of the Arthurian legend, however, with storylines that foreshadow its timeless characters and imagery.

"The biggest challenge was having to turn the show around so quickly. We had a small window of opportunity and had to go for it. Julian and I had a very short timescale and we were making huge decisions very quickly," explains Capps.

"Everything had to be designed. You can't just walk down the street and find every costume, insignia, prop and piece of armour. We had to have everything made.

"For three months we were making massive decisions which we knew we would be stuck with for as long as the show lasts," explains Capps.

"What is the crest of Camelot? How big is it? What should this world look like? Can you be historically accurate in a period where you also have talking dragons? It was a tough time, but because we had been working on it for so long we responded to these creative challenges instinctively."

Casting was an epic production in its own right. "We saw hundreds for all the parts, especially the younger roles," says Capps.

"We were looking for actors who were larger than life rather than naturalistic. This is an epic show, with epic dialogue which sounds ridiculous if you do it like EastEnders (British soap.) We were looking for young actors who could carry it off."

The key piece of casting was Colin Morgan, as Merlin. "You need Merlin to have intelligence, charm and humour. There is lots of humour in the show and that comes from Merlin," Capps says.

"You are also asking people to believe that he becomes this extraordinary wizard. Colin has all the qualities we needed."

The casting of experienced stars Anthony Head and Richard Wilson added gravitas and experience to the young cast.

"Having starred in Buffy, Anthony totally understands the high concept shows. He knows how to handle dialogue and emotions that are epic in scale. He also brings a great sense of threat to the drama as Uther," says Capps.

"Richard Wilson brings a huge breadth of experience and great warmth and vulnerability to Gaius," he adds.

As well as the established cast, Merlin will feature guest appearances by star names from both sides of the Atlantic including Santiago Cabrera, from Heroes, Michelle Ryan from EastEnders and the Bionic Woman, and Eve Myles from Torchwood.

"This is an epic family show. It's Raiders Of The Lost Ark. We've got big stories; we've got Lancelot fighting griffins, a talking dragon. But within that you also have to have small human stories and universal emotions. We want it to appeal to mums, dads, brothers, sisters, there is something in it for everyone. Hopefully we've created that," says Capps.



Source: http://ten.com.au/merlin-about-the-show.htm
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Episode 8 is on tonight on TEN, if you live in Australia of course. This is probably my most enjoyed show that's on TV now. I love it. Anyone else get it or seen/heard of it?

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PostSubject: Re: Merlin   Sun Jun 14, 2009 5:31 pm

Acually I was waiting for this to come out but we dont get it here for a while still.

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PostSubject: Re: Merlin   Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:05 pm

WOW
i bet todd cant wait for the next series to come out
gosh!
relax man!

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PostSubject: Re: Merlin   Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:23 am

Lol, next year it will be back, it's getting filmed right now.

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PostSubject: Re: Merlin   Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:21 pm

Yepp, i missed the last few episodes but we get it later here.

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PostSubject: Re: Merlin   Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:27 pm

LOL
at the end the dragon is full pissed!!
his like ' MERLIN YOU SON OF A B*****'
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PostSubject: Re: Merlin   Tue Oct 13, 2009 3:23 am

I dont think Todd write all of that.... So yeah.... Merlin pretty kool guy...
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PostSubject: Re: Merlin   Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:55 am

Season 2 finally just came out here last week! cheers

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