List of Atlantis episodes

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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.[1][2] It aired from 28 September 2013 to 16 May 2015.[3] During the course of the programme, 25 episodes of Atlantis aired over two series.[4]

On 26 October 2013, BBC One ordered a second series of the show, which began airing on 15 November 2014.[5][6] On 23 January 2015, it was announced that the series had been cancelled.[7]

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 28 September 2013 (2013-09-28) 28 December 2013 (2013-12-28)
2 12 6 15 November 2014 (2014-11-15) 20 December 2014 (2014-12-20)
6 11 April 2015 (2015-04-11) 16 May 2015 (2015-05-16)

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2013)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(millions) [8]
1 1 "The Earth Bull" Justin Molotnikov Howard Overman 28 September 2013 (2013-09-28) 7.36
In the present Jason goes in search of his father's missing vessel and finds himself washed up on the shores of a mysterious land - a world of mythical creatures, soothsaying oracles and palaces so vast it is said they were built by giants: this is the city of Atlantis but it seems the newcomer has chosen the wrong time to arrive in the fabled realm and Jason soon finds himself at the mercy of a deadly ritual, from which there can be no escape. In the end, he stays with Hercules and Pythagoras.
2 2 "A Girl By Any Other Name" Justin Molotnikov Howard Overman 5 October 2013 (2013-10-05) 6.37
Despite their newfound fame after slaying the Minotaur, the boys are still penniless and hungry. When an old man asks them to find his missing daughter things seem on the up, but it soon becomes clear that their task isn't going to be an easy one: she has been taken by the Maenads, fanatical worshippers of the god Dionysus. With the hopes and life of the old man fading, it’s a race against time that Jason cannot turn his back on. But just when their perilous task seems at an end, he comes face-to-face with a stranger named Medusa.
3 3 "A Boy of No Consequence" Justin Molotnikov Howard Overman 12 October 2013 (2013-10-12) 6.24
Jason's hasty actions have dire consequences for the trio as they are forced to compete in the perilous sport of bull-leaping. After crossing a young nobleman, Jason and his friends find themselves at the mercy of King Minos, who declares Poseidon will decide their fate: they are to become bull leapers. To survive they must jump the charging beast. With their lives on the line, it's up to Jason to pull his motley team together in this ultimate test of bravery but watching from the crowds is a dark force, who hopes to turn the favour of the gods against them.
4 4 "Twist of Fate" Alice Troughton Richard McBrien 19 October 2013 (2013-10-19) 6.08
While hunting in the mountains, the boys stumble across an abandoned baby. Jason refuses to leave the child to die and insists he return home with them to Atlantis but this charitable act has far-reaching implications and our gang soon find themselves embroiled in a complicated web of secrets and lies. With their own lives now on the line, as well as the child's, it seems they may well pay the ultimate price for interfering with fate.
5 5 "White Lies" Alice Troughton Howard Overman 26 October 2013 (2013-10-26) 5.61
When a clandestine messenger brings unexpected news from outside the city, Ariadne calls on Jason and his friends to help guide her to the source. But leaving the citadel without raising the suspicions of the Queen seems an insurmountable task, especially with the revelation that it is Ariadne's exiled brother Therus who has sent for her. As Heptarian and the King's guards close in on his hiding place, Ariadne must decide where her loyalties lie, in Atlantis or with her royal sibling. Meanwhile, Therus is determined his sister learn the truth behind his exile, exposing a plot that could overshadow Minos' power and bring the royal family to its knees.
6 6 "The Song of the Sirens" Declan O'Dwyer Lucy Watkins 2 November 2013 (2013-11-02) 5.89
Desperate to win over Medusa's heart, Hercules pays a visit to a powerful witch, Circe but events take a malevolent turn when Hercules realises he has unleashed a potent but toxic enchantment that threatens to turn his burgeoning hope into unbearable grief. With a bitter chain of events rapidly unfolding, it's up to Jason to undo history before it is too late. As he re-traces Hercules' steps into the mountains, he is unaware that a deadly trap has been set for him - one with far-reaching consequences beyond the fate of just his friends.
7 7 "The Rules of Engagement" Declan O'Dwyer Richard McBrien 9 November 2013 (2013-11-09) 5.52
When Jason learns of Ariadne's betrothal to Heptarian, he is brokenhearted. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, he enters into a brutal fighting tournament to honour the nuptials – lining up with a bevy of terrifying contestants including the undefeated Heptarian. Determined to beat the husband-to-be and show his worthiness, it's up to Jason's loyal friends to guide him through the contest where there are more than just broken hearts at stake.
8 8 "The Furies" Alice Troughton Julian Jones 16 November 2013 (2013-11-16) 5.43
The boys gain an unexpected addition to their workforce with the arrival of Pythagoras' feisty younger brother, Arcas. Charged with escorting a valuable cargo across the desert, the gang travels into the unknown with a ramshackle caravan of strangers. It isn't long before their journey takes a decidedly spooky turn; after spending a night in a temple dedicated to The Furies, it soon becomes clear that one among their number has something to hide. As danger closes in and a dark secret is exposed, our heroes are forced to confront some uncomfortable truths as they fight for their lives under the desert sun.
9 9 "Pandora's Box" Declan O'Dwyer Howard Overman 30 November 2013 (2013-11-30) 5.26
Romance is at last in the air for Hercules and Medusa until she is kidnapped by a cruel moneylender, Kyros. In exchange for her life Kyros demands that Hercules retrieve a precious and powerful artefact from the Underworld – a task which can only mean certain death. With only one day to fulfill the ransom, it's a race against time for Hercules and his loyal friends. Will they find another way to descend to Hades and return with the artefact, or be forced to walk among the dead forever? Whatever the outcome, the gods have spoken and someone, somewhere is about to pay a terrible price.
10 10 "The Price of Hope" Alice Troughton Howard Overman 7 December 2013 (2013-12-07) 5.27
After the tragic events surrounding Medusa's disappearance, the boys pay a visit to the inventor Daedalus whose genius offers hope of a cure but, unwilling to wait for answers, Hercules acts on information from the unscrupulous Crios and sets off in search of his lost love. His decision soon sees the boys literally running for their lives as they become the prey in a brutal manhunt. With hopes of an escape fading fast, their courage is tested to its limit, until a lifeline comes from an unexpected source.
11 11 "Hunger Pangs" Alice Troughton Julian Jones 14 December 2013 (2013-12-14) 5.34
Penniless and starving, Jason cannot believe his luck when he stumbles across an abandoned feast. Temptation proves too much and he helps himself to the bounty, savouring his first proper meal in days but it soon becomes clear that Jason's gluttony has come at a price as he begins to exhibit some seriously strange behaviour. As things spiral out of control, it falls to Hercules and Pythagoras to save their friend before Heptarian and the palace guards bring his exertions to heel for good.
12 12 "Touched by the Gods: Part One" Jeremy Webb Howard Overman 21 December 2013 (2013-12-21) 6.36
Jason is reminded of his promise to Circe and her grim warning should he fail to honour their pact. With her threat hanging over him he has no choice but to act. He must kill the Queen. Infiltrating the palace will not only be mortally dangerous but also nigh on impossible. Under the cover of night, our heroes set out, but soon Jason's intentions start to unravel. As the alarm is raised, it's going to take more than just courage and chemistry to save his life – he needs the help of someone on the inside.
13 13 "Touched by the Gods: Part Two" Jeremy Webb Howard Overman 28 December 2013 (2013-12-28) 4.90
Minos's health continues to fade as the tyrannical machinations of Pasiphae reach their zenith. She sentences Ariadne to a gruesome execution not even the worst of enemies would deserve. Now that the court's loyalty is with the queen, Jason is Ariadne's last hope. He'll need all the help he can get if he and his friends are to save her life, but fortunately there are a few in Atlantis who remain loyal to the king. The battle lines are drawn in Atlantis once and for all but just as the odds seem stacked against Jason, a shocking revelation is made that exposes the past and changes the course of the future forever.

Series 2 (2014–15)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(millions) [8][a]
Part 1
14 1 "A New Dawn: Part One" Justin Molotnikov Howard Overman 15 November 2014 (2014-11-15) 5.32
After King Minos is dead and Pasiphae is banished, Ariadne is the Queen now. The town of Thera is under attack from Pasiphae and her army. Ariadne sends Jason, Hercules and Pythagoras to rescue Lord Sarpedon from Thera. Atlantis is protected by the statue called Palladium. Medea, sent by Pasiphae and smuggled into Atlantis by Lord Sarpedon, steals the Palladium. Ariadne sends Jason, Hercules and Pythagoras again to retrieve the Palladium from Pasiphae and her army before Atlantis falls.
15 2 "A New Dawn: Part Two" Justin Molotnikov Howard Overman 22 November 2014 (2014-11-22) 4.67
Pasiphae moves the attack on Atlantis forward, but with their troops depleted, the city is all but lost without the return of Jason, Hercules and Pythagoras, who, having escaped from a cyclops in a maze of caves, are faced with the deserter army. Lord Sarpedon admits his deceit to Ariadne, but when he tries to atone for his sins he ends up paying the ultimate price. Hercules witnesses Pasiphae murder one of her own men to save Jason, and seeks answers from the Oracle, where he discovers the truth about Jason's birth.
16 3 "Telemon" Justin Molotnikov Richard McBrien 29 November 2014 (2014-11-29) 4.65
After Ariadne is formally crowned as the queen of Atlantis, Pasiphae still remains uncaptured, and Atlantis remains vulnerable due to the aftermath of the past battle. A mysterious stranger arrives in Atlantis by the name of Prince Telemon of Aegina. He seeks to win fame and Ariadne's heart in the Coronation Games, a gladiatorial combat in the arena. Telemon is revealed to be not quite what he seems and commits murder before ultimately losing the tournament to Jason. However, Ariadne accepts his proposal of marriage by the end.
17 4 "The Marriage of True Minds" Declan O'Dwyer Lucy Watkins 6 December 2014 (2014-12-06) 4.49
Ariadne travels with her fiance and full entourage, including Jason and his friends, to Aegina to seek Telemon's father's approval of the engagement. Telemon, who is working for Pasiphae, betrays Ariadne but spares her life during an ambush by the Colcheans. He pays the ultimate price at Pasiphae's hands for this act. Meanwhile, Jason, Pythagoras, Hercules, Ariadne and a fatally wounded Dion are on the run from the Colcheans, meeting a group of travellers along the way. They end up sheltering in a necropolis; Ariadne shoots Pasiphae with an arrow and Pasiphae, Medea and Jason fall into a chasm.
18 5 "The Day of the Dead" Declan O'Dwyer Howard Overman 13 December 2014 (2014-12-13) 4.68
A wounded Pasiphae uses her sorcery to summon an army of the undead, including recently dead characters, such as Dion, to attack the heroes and hinder their progress through the necropolis. Meanwhile, Jason and Medea are forced to work together in order to survive, and the two of them, along with Hercules, ultimately defeat the undead. However, even after working together and requiring Jason's trust as they did so, Medea fatally stabs Ariadne and betrays the heroes in the end, using the situation to her own purposes.
19 6 "The Grey Sisters" Declan O'Dwyer Howard Overman 20 December 2014 (2014-12-20) 5.69
Jason, Pythagoras and Hercules travel to the temple of Hecate to retrieve Medea's blood to break the curse placed on Ariadne. Jason is forced to leave Hercules behind with Pythagoras and sneaks into the temple alone to confront Medea. He is able to retrieve some of Medea's blood in a vial, but is soon captured and imprisoned by Pasiphae. Pasiphae listens on as Jason speaks about how he believes his mother to be dead. Believing Jason to be a lost cause, Pasiphae orders that he be killed, but Jason is rescued, and is successful in saving Ariadne's life. Ariadne proposes marriage to Jason, and he accepts.
Part 2
20 7 "A Fate Worse Than Death" Lawrence Gough Howard Overman 11 April 2015 (2015-04-11) 2.57[9]
As news reaches Pasiphae that Jason has agreed to marry Ariadne, she fears that Atlantis and its throne will be lost to her forever. Ariadne and Jason seeks the gods' blessing for their marriage so that the people will accept it, and the Oracle finds that the omens are good. The release of this news threatens Pasiphae's position for power, so she kidnaps the Oracle, and jails her. The queen finds Medusa, and promises her with the ability to end her misery, but only once she turns the Oracle to stone. Milas, having been the betrayer, orders Jason's arrest for the murder of the Oracle.
21 8 "The Madness of Hercules" Lawrence Gough Richard McBrien 18 April 2015 (2015-04-18) 2.58[10]
Milas continues to betray Jason and Ariadne by ordering Jason's execution to save his daughter who is held hostage by Pasiphae. Hercules is captured and imprisoned after he attempts to free Jason, and Ariadne and her advisor Delmos attempt to follow in his footsteps, but they too are arrested by Cilix, another traitor to their cause. Hercules reasons with Medusa, begging her to reveal the truth of the Oracle's death for the wrongly-accused Jason. With those who threaten her position of power now in prison, Pasiphae takes the city and declares herself the ruler of the throne, with the army now hers.
22 9 "The Gorgon's Gaze" Lawrence Gough Julian Jones 25 April 2015 (2015-04-25) 2.39[11]
Ariadne is tortured by Pasiphae in an attempt to get her to voluntarily release her right for the throne, and declare Pasiphae as the true queen and ruler of the throne, as the gods have refuse to recognize her as Atlantis' rightful ruler. With the help of Daedalus and his son Icarus, Pythagoras sneaks into the town and convinces Melas to help their cause by stealing Pandora's box. Medusa revives her original curse, and Jason enters Atlantis with her severed head to confront Pasiphae and save Ariadne. However, his plan goes awry once Pasiphae reveals the relationship that the two of them share.
23 10 "The Dying of the Light" Justin Molotnikov Lucy Watkins 2 May 2015 (2015-05-02) 2.32[12]
Jason, with his heart blackened by the knowledge of who his mother is, continues to be on the run with his friends, though his arrogance and harshness shocks them. Pythagoras learns that, after sneaking into Atlantis to consult with Melas, that Jason's father is the key to balancing the dark and light within him, and give him the love to counter Pasiphae's influence. Pythagoras locates Aeson, Jason's father, but they are attacked by soldiers before Aeson has the chance to speak to Jason. Medea arrives, and betrays the wishes of Pasiphae by coming to the aid of Jason.
24 11 "Kin" Justin Molotnikov Julian Jones 9 May 2015 (2015-05-09) 2.63[13]
It is revealed by Cassandra, the new Oracle, that the gods oppose the execution of Jason, and Pasiphae is relieved by this news after being reluctant to kill him herself. Instead, he is put into the arena to fight for his life. Mingling with the lepers that bore away the dead of the fights within the arena, Aeson takes the chance to talk to Jason and reveal himself as his father. The two of them escape to rejoin Hercules, Pythagoras and Ariadne, and Jason's darker side is balanced by the love of his father, making it all the harder for Jason when Aeson is mortally wounded and eventually dies in his arms.
25 12 "The Queen Must Die" Julian Murphy Howard Overman 16 May 2015 (2015-05-16) 2.51[14]
Double length finale. After breaking into the amphitheatre, Jason frees the prisoners so that they may fight alongside him in an attempt to regain Atlantis. However, after Icarus' betrayal, many of the prisoners are killed after they walk into an ambush. Hercules marries Jason and Ariadne in the forest, and Medea later informs Jason in secret how to kill Pasiphae once and for all. Jason heeds her advice, and after returning to Atlantis as King and with Ariadne by his side as Queen, they become aware that there are still those who wish to thwart them. Through the power of sorcery, Pasiphae is resurrected and again takes the throne and completely subjugates the city, forcing Jason and his friends to hide once more. Jason realizes, as does Cassandra through a vision, that to finally bring the dark queen down, he must take on one last adventure, for which Medea awaits him on a distant shore.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ The ratings for the second part of the second series onward are the overnight ratings only; the final ratings are not available.
References
  1. ^ Wilson, Mark (1 April 2013). "Misfits Writer and Merlin Team Try Raising Atlantis". About.com. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cast announced for BBC One's Atlantis". BBC Media Centre. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "BBC One - Atlantis, Series 1, The Earth Bull". BBC. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "BBC One - Atlantis - Episode Guide". BBC One. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Seat42f. "Atlantis Renewed For Second Season". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "BBC One - Atlantis". BBC One. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (23 January 2015). "Atlantis will not return for third series on BBC One". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. 
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  12. ^ "Britain's Got Talent dominates Saturday night with 9.6 million on ITV". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "UK TV ratings: Britain's Got Talent continues with 9.6 million viewers on ITV". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "UK TV ratings: Atlantis finale averages 2.5 million viewers on BBC One". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 October 2015.