List of Merlin episodes

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The British television series Merlin was broadcast on BBC One from 20 September 2008 to 24 December 2012. A total of 65 episodes aired over five series.

It was created by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps based on the Arthurian legends of the mythical wizard Merlin and his relationship with Prince Arthur, but differs from traditional versions of the legend in many ways, especially the characters. It is produced by independent production company Shine Limited.

American broadcaster NBC began airing the programme on 21 June 2009, but after a decline in viewership, the show moved to the cable network Syfy, where it began broadcast of the second series on 2 April 2010.

The five series are available on DVD in the UK and the US.[1]

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired DVD release date UK viewers (million)
Series premiere Series finale UK Volume 1 UK Volume 2 UK Complete United States Premiere Finale Average Peak
1 13 20 September 2008 13 December 2008 24 November 2008[2] 9 February 2009[3] 5 October 2009[4] 20 April 2010[5] 7.15 6.27 6.32 7.15
2 13 19 September 2009 19 December 2009 23 November 2009[6] 8 February 2010[7] 8 February 2010[8] 18 January 2011[9] 5.77 6.64 5.99 6.64
3 13 11 September 2010 4 December 2010 15 November 2010[10] 24 January 2011[11] 24 January 2011[8] 17 January 2012[1] 6.49 7.67 6.78 7.67
4 13 1 October 2011 24 December 2011 28 November 2011[12] 23 January 2012[13] 23 January 2012[14] 15 January 2013[15] 6.4 8.18 7.17 8.39
5 13 6 October 2012 24 December 2012 26 November 2012[16] 21 January 2013[17] 21 January 2013[18] 23 April 2013[19] 7.12 7.8 7.13 8.45

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2008)[edit]

Main article: Merlin (series 1)
No.
overall
No.
for series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[20]
1 1 "The Dragon's Call" James Hawes Julian Jones 20 September 2008 (2008-09-20) 7.15
2 2 "Valiant" James Hawes Howard Overman 27 September 2008 (2008-09-27) 5.40
3 3 "The Mark of Nimueh" James Hawes Julian Jones 4 October 2008 (2008-10-04) 6.30
4 4 "The Poisoned Chalice" Ed Fraiman Ben Vanstone 11 October 2008 (2008-10-11) 6.48
5 5 "Lancelot" Ed Fraiman Jake Michie 18 October 2008 (2008-10-18) 5.37
6 6 "A Remedy to Cure All Ills" Ed Fraiman Julian Jones 25 October 2008 (2008-10-25) 6.00
7 7 "The Gates of Avalon" Jeremy Webb Ben Vanstone 1 November 2008 (2008-11-01) 6.45
8 8 "The Beginning of the End" Jeremy Webb Howard Overman 8 November 2008 (2008-11-08) 6.25
9 9 "Excalibur" Jeremy Webb Julian Jones 15 November 2008 (2008-11-15) 6.47
10 10 "The Moment of Truth" David Moore Ben Vanstone 22 November 2008 (2008-11-22) 7.03
11 11 "The Labyrinth of Gedref" Stuart Orme Howard Overman 29 November 2008 (2008-11-29) 6.71
12 12 "To Kill the King" Stuart Orme Jake Michie 6 December 2008 (2008-12-06) 6.31
13 13 "Le Morte d'Arthur" David Moore Julian Jones 13 December 2008 (2008-12-13) 6.27

Series 2 (2009)[edit]

Main article: Merlin (series 2)
No.
overall
No.
for series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[20]
14 1 "The Curse of Cornelius Sigan" David Moore Julian Jones 19 September 2009 (2009-09-19) 5.77
15 2 "The Once and Future Queen" Jeremy Webb Howard Overman 26 September 2009 (2009-09-26) 5.94
16 3 "The Nightmare Begins" Jeremy Webb Ben Vanstone 3 October 2009 (2009-10-03) 6.09
17 4 "Lancelot and Guinevere" David Moore Howard Overman 10 October 2009 (2009-10-10) 5.69
18 5 "Beauty and the Beast (Part 1)" David Moore Jake Michie 24 October 2009 (2009-10-24) 5.53
19 6 "Beauty and the Beast (Part 2)" Metin Huseyin Ben Vanstone 31 October 2009 (2009-10-31) 6.14
20 7 "The Witchfinder" Jeremy Webb Jake Michie 7 November 2009 (2009-11-07) 5.62
21 8 "The Sins of the Father" Metin Huseyin Howard Overman 14 November 2009 (2009-11-14) 6.16
22 9 "The Lady of the Lake" Metin Huseyin Julian Jones 21 November 2009 (2009-11-21) 6.30
23 10 "Sweet Dreams" Alice Troughton Lucy Watkins 28 November 2009 (2009-11-28) 6.02
24 11 "The Witch's Quickening" Alice Troughton Jake Michie 5 December 2009 (2009-12-05) 6.01
25 12 "The Fires of Idirsholas" Jeremy Webb Julian Jones 12 December 2009 (2009-12-12) 6.01
26 13 "The Last Dragonlord" Jeremy Webb Julian Jones 19 December 2009 (2009-12-19) 6.64

Series 3 (2010)[edit]

Main article: Merlin (series 3)
No.
overall
No.
for series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[20]
27 1 "The Tears of Uther Pendragon (Part 1)" Jeremy Webb Julian Jones 11 September 2010 (2010-09-11) 6.49
28 2 "The Tears of Uther Pendragon (Part 2)" Jeremy Webb Julian Jones 18 September 2010 (2010-09-18) 6.06
29 3 "Goblin's Gold" Jeremy Webb Howard Overman 25 September 2010 (2010-09-25) 6.22
30 4 "Gwaine" David Moore Julian Jones 2 October 2010 (2010-10-02) 6.42
31 5 "The Crystal Cave" Alice Troughton Julian Jones 9 October 2010 (2010-10-09) 6.36
32 6 "The Changeling" David Moore Lucy Watkins 16 October 2010 (2010-10-16) 6.40
33 7 "The Castle of Fyrien" David Moore Jake Michie 23 October 2010 (2010-10-23) 6.82
34 8 "The Eye of the Phoenix" Alice Troughton Julian Jones 30 October 2010 (2010-10-30) 6.92
35 9 "Love in the Time of Dragons" Alice Troughton Jake Michie 6 November 2010 (2010-11-06) 6.90
36 10 "Queen of Hearts" Ashley Way Howard Overman 13 November 2010 (2010-11-13) 7.37
37 11 "The Sorcerer's Shadow" Ashley Way Julian Jones 20 November 2010 (2010-11-20) 7.42
38 12 "The Coming of Arthur (Part 1)" Jeremy Webb Jake Michie 27 November 2010 (2010-11-27) 7.12
39 13 "The Coming of Arthur (Part 2)" Jeremy Webb Julian Jones 4 December 2010 (2010-12-04) 7.67

Series 4 (2011)[edit]

Main article: Merlin (series 4)
No.
overall
No.
for series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[20]
40 1 "The Darkest Hour (Part 1)" Alice Troughton Julian Jones 1 October 2011 (2011-10-01) 6.40
41 2 "The Darkest Hour (Part 2)" Alice Troughton Julian Jones 8 October 2011 (2011-10-08) 6.80
42 3 "The Wicked Day" Alice Troughton Howard Overman 15 October 2011 (2011-10-15) 7.04
43 4 "Aithusa" Alex Pillai Julian Jones 22 October 2011 (2011-10-22) 6.96
44 5 "His Father's Son" Alex Pillai Jake Michie 29 October 2011 (2011-10-29) 7.40
45 6 "A Servant of Two Masters" Alex Pillai Lucy Watkins 5 November 2011 (2011-11-05) 6.94
46 7 "The Secret Sharer" Justin Molotnikov Julian Jones 12 November 2011 (2011-11-12) 6.72
47 8 "Lamia" Justin Molotnikov Jake Michie 19 November 2011 (2011-11-19) 7.00
48 9 "Lancelot du Lac" Justin Molotnikov Lucy Watkins 26 November 2011 (2011-11-26) 7.32
49 10 "A Herald of the New Age" Jeremy Webb Howard Overman 3 December 2011 (2011-12-03) 6.90
50 11 "The Hunter's Heart" Jeremy Webb Richard McBrien 10 December 2011 (2011-12-10) 7.12
51 12 "The Sword in the Stone (Part 1)" Alice Troughton Jake Michie 17 December 2011 (2011-12-17) 8.39
52 13 "The Sword in the Stone (Part 2)" Alice Troughton Julian Jones 24 December 2011 (2011-12-24) 8.18

Series 5 (2012)[edit]

Main article: Merlin (series 5)
No.
overall
No.
for series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[20]
53 1 "Arthur's Bane (Part 1)" Justin Molotnikov Julian Jones 6 October 2012 (2012-10-06) 7.12
54 2 "Arthur's Bane (Part 2)" Justin Molotnikov Julian Jones 13 October 2012 (2012-10-13) 6.99
55 3 "The Death Song of Uther Pendragon" Justin Molotnikov Howard Overman 20 October 2012 (2012-10-20) 6.86
56 4 "Another's Sorrow" Ashley Way Jake Michie 27 October 2012 (2012-10-27) 6.86
57 5 "The Disir" Ashley Way Richard McBrien 3 November 2012 (2012-11-03) 6.88
58 6 "The Dark Tower" Ashley Way Julian Jones 10 November 2012 (2012-11-10) 6.85
59 7 "A Lesson in Vengeance" Alice Troughton Jake Michie 17 November 2012 (2012-11-17) 6.86
60 8 "The Hollow Queen" Alice Troughton Julian Jones 24 November 2012 (2012-11-24) 6.86
61 9 "With All My Heart" Alice Troughton Richard McBrien 1 December 2012 (2012-12-01) 6.76
62 10 "The Kindness of Strangers" Declan O'Dwyer Richard McBrien 8 December 2012 (2012-12-08) 7.00
63 11 "The Drawing of the Dark" Declan O'Dwyer Julian Jones 15 December 2012 (2012-12-15) 7.34
64 12 "The Diamond of the Day (Part 1)" Justin Molotnikov Jake Michie 22 December 2012 (2012-12-22) 8.45
65 13 "The Diamond of the Day (Part 2)" Justin Molotnikov Julian Jones 24 December 2012 (2012-12-24) 7.80

Specials[edit]

Children in Need[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[20]
"Merlin in Need 2008" N/A N/A 14 November 2008 (2008-11-14) 9.83
The kingdom raises money for the great creature Pudsey by throwing rotten vegetables at Merlin. A two-minute sketch for the BBC's "Children in Need" appeal.
"Merlin in Need 2009" N/A N/A 20 November 2009 (2009-11-20) 10.08
An apparent sorcerer is on the loose, turning everything modern in Camelot. A two-minute sketch for "Children in Need".
"Merlin in Need 2010" N/A N/A 19 November 2010 (2010-11-19) 12.94
The cast of Merlin gives a quick summary asking to donate money to Children in Need with some bloopers.

BBC Wales Exclusive Documentary[edit]

Title Directed by Original air date
"The Real Merlin and Arthur" Mark Procter 28 November 2009 (2009-11-28)
Stars of the hit drama series Merlin, Colin Morgan and Bradley James, set off across Wales to explore the country's centuries-old connections to the legend of King Arthur and his wizard Merlin. Along the way they encounter enthusiasts and experts in Arthurian lore, and visit some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Wales.[21]

Secrets and Magic[edit]

A documentary series created by the BBC called Secrets and Magic was produced to accompany episodes of the second series. In a similar fashion to Doctor Who Confidential, the series looks at the production of each episode of the drama, featuring interviews with cast and crew as well as on-set footage. Shown on the BBC Three.

# Title Original air date Production
code
Webcast link
0 "Welcome to Camelot" 19 September 2009 1.X link
1 "Merlin Time" 20 September 2009 (2009-09-20) 1.1 link
2 "Fit For a King" 2 October 2009 (2009-10-02) 1.2 link
3 "Casting the Magic" 9 October 2009 (2009-10-09) 1.3 link
4 "Maid to be Queen" 12 October 2009 (2009-10-12) 1.4 link
5 "Trolly Dolly" 24 October 2009 (2009-10-24) 1.5 link
6 "Con-troll Freak" 2 November 2009 (2009-11-02) 1.6 link
7 "Witch Hunt" 9 November 2009 (2009-11-09) 1.7 link
8 "A Family Affair" 16 November 2009 (2009-11-16) 1.8 link
9 "Hardwork and Heartbreak" 22 November 2009 (2009-11-22) 1.9 link
10 "Love Fool" 28 November 2009 (2009-11-28) 1.10 link
11 "Beauty & the Thief" 6 December 2009 (2009-12-06) 1.11 link
12 "The Dragon's Den" 13 December 2009 (2009-12-13) 1.12 link
13 "That's a Wrap" 21 December 2009 (2009-12-21) 1.13 link

Colin & Bradley's Merlin Quest[edit]

Although Merlin Secrets and Magic was not recommissioned for a second series, Colin & Bradley's Merlin Quest was produced to accompany Series 3 of Merlin. Colin Morgan and Bradley James, who play Merlin and Arthur in Merlin, appear in a weekly series of short (usually 2 to 4 minutes) online videos posted on the official site of Merlin. In each episode the actors have to complete various challenges and tasks, including questions and games with Merlin bloopers shown regularly. Colin & Bradley's Merlin Quest was produced by Ian Smith with Luke Baker as assistant producer.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Merlin Vol.1 DVD". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Merlin Vol.2 DVD". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Merlin – Series 1 – Complete DVD". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Merlin: The Complete First Season: Colin Morgan". Amazon.com. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Merlin – Series 2 Vol.1 DVD". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Merlin – Series 2 Vol.2 DVD". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Merlin – Complete Series 2 Box Set DVD". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Merlin: The Complete Second Season". Amazon.com. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Merlin – Series 3 Vol.1 DVD". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Merlin – Series 3 – Volume 2 DVD". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Merlin – Series 4 Vol.1 DVD". Play.com. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Merlin Series 4 – Volume 2 DVD". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Merlin – Series 4 – Complete DVD". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Merlin: Complete Fourth Season". Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  16. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Merlin-5-1-DVD/dp/B0086O8SK6/ref=sr_1_112?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1347631833&sr=1-112
  17. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Merlin-Complete-BBC-5-DVD/dp/B0086O8TFA/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1351341023&sr=1-1
  18. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Merlin-Complete-BBC-5-DVD/dp/B0086O8TFA/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1351341023&sr=1-1
  19. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Merlin-Season-5/17998
  20. ^ a b c d e f "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. 
  21. ^ "Two Programmes – The Real Merlin and Arthur". BBC. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 

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