Atlantis (TV series)
|Created by||Johnny Capps
|Theme music composer||Rob Lane|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||19 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Johnny Capps
|Location(s)||Wales & Morocco|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Urban Myth Films|
|Distributor||BBC Cymru Wales
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Original run||28 September 2013– present|
|BBC show website|
Atlantis is a British fantasy-adventure television programme, inspired by Greek mythology (including the legend of Atlantis) and created by Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy with Howard Overman. It premiered on 28 September 2013.
Atlantis was the biggest new Saturday night drama series launch across all BBC channels since 2006, even up on the launch of hit show Merlin. It also managed to draw 1 million viewers away from the highly popular ITV show The X Factor, which aired at the same time in the UK.
On 23 January 2015, it was announced that the series would not be renewed beyond the second series. A BBC spokesperson said: "The final seven episodes of Atlantis will transmit on BBC One in spring. We would like to thank Urban Myth Films and all the cast and crew but the series will not be re-commissioned."
In the modern day, Jason, the protagonist of the show, pilots a one-man submarine to investigate a deep sea disturbance that resulted in the disappearance of his father when he was a child. When he discovers the location, the submarine begins to fail and he is pulled into white light. He wakes up on the shores of the kingdom Atlantis, which is ruled by a traditionalist, King Minos and his power-hungry, manipulative wife, Queen Pasiphae. Jason has entered a world where gods smite, legendary creatures guard dangerous curses and life is not fair, but it is still possible for heroes and justice to prevail. Under a set of circumstances, he is given shelter by a couple of unlucky and largely unemployed locals; Pythagoras—a young intellectual who enjoys beautiful triangles—and the rotund, ex-prize fighter Hercules—a hopeless romantic who spends most of his time in taverns drinking and gambling. The three of them encounter monsters, gods and demigods, as they live the Greek myths and battle to do good and protect the innocent. Along the way, they pick up some allies including Medusa, a palace maid, Ariadne, daughter of the King and heir to the throne, and a mysterious Oracle, who seems unsurprised at Jason's arrival. The Oracle predicts a world-changing destiny is in store for Jason if he stays on the right path.
- Sarah Parish as Pasiphae
- Juliet Stevenson as The Oracle
- Aiysha Hart as Ariadne
- Jemima Rooper as Medusa
- Ken Bones as Melas (Series 1-2)
- Gary Oliver as Alytarch (Series 1-2)
- Amy Manson as Medea (Series 2)
- Peter de Jersey as Goran (Series 2)
- Clive Standen as Telemon (Series 2)
- Ronald Pickup as Orpheus (Series 2)
- Alexander Siddig as King Minos (Series 1)
- Oliver Walker as Heptarian (Series 1)
- Joe Dixon as Ramos (Series 1)
- Hannah Arterton as Korinna (Series 1)
- Lou Broadbent as Ione (Series 1)
- Vincent Regan as Dion (Series 2)
Announced on 11 February 2013, Atlantis was created to fill the gap left behind by Merlin, a show that was created and produced by Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy. This duo, plus Misfits creator Howard Overman, produced Atlantis through their new company Urban Myth Films. Executive producer for BBC Cymru Wales was Bethan Jones. The drama series was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama, and Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One. The cast was announced on 27 March 2013.
The series is filmed in Wales and Morocco. A 155,000sq ft warehouse, a former cold store building near Chepstow, was converted into a vast TV studio to house the sets and filming of Atlantis. The first series was filmed between 1 April 2013 and 1 November 2013.
On 22 July 2013, BBC America announced that the channel is co-producing Atlantis, and the show will be broadcast in the US in autumn 2013 as part of "Supernatural Saturday." Since this date the series has been promoted using a viral marketing campaign, with official accounts on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. On 9 August 2013, the first poster for the series was revealed and on 16 August 2013 the first teaser trailer for the series, aired on BBC One. A week later on 23 August, a second teaser was shown where Jason (Jack Donnelly) appears. On 29 August four new teasers were released featuring Jack Donnelly, Juliet Stevenson, Mark Addy and Robert Emms. On 7 September the first promotional pictures of the cast were revealed and on the same day, the first trailer for the series was aired before Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One. A week before the first episode, on 21 September, the first clip from the opening episode was released.
On 26 October 2013, the BBC confirmed that a second series had been commissioned. The second series had its initial read-through on 11 March 2014, with filming taking place from 17 March 2014 to 10 October 2014. On 3 April 2014, it was announced that Vincent Regan was joining the cast as Dion along with Amy Manson as Medea.
Clive Standen, known from the TV-series Vikings will guest star in an episode of the second series. Emmett J. Scanlan, known from the TV soap Hollyoaks revealed on his instagram page that he was joining the second series.
On 4 October 2014, the first teaser trailer for the second series was released, followed by the first official trailer on 29 October 2014. It premiered on 15 November 2014.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||28 September 2013||28 December 2013|
|2||13||15 November 2014||TBA|
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