List of Merlin episodes

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Merlin is a British fantasy-adventure television programme created by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy, and Johnny Capps, starring Colin Morgan in the title role. It was broadcast on BBC One from 20 September 2008 to 24 December 2012. The show is loosely based on the Arthurian legends of the young wizard Merlin and his relationship with King Arthur, but it differs from traditional versions. The show was influenced by the US drama series Smallville about the early years of Superman,[1] and was produced by independent production company Shine Limited.

The series was broadcast on BBC One from 20 September 2008 to 24 December 2012. During the course of the programme, 65 episodes of Merlin aired over five series. The five series are available on DVD in the UK, the US and in Canada.[2]

Series overview[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally airedAve. UK viewers
First airedLast aired
11320 September 2008 (2008-09-20)13 December 2008 (2008-12-13)6.32
21319 September 2009 (2009-09-19)19 December 2009 (2009-12-19)5.99
31311 September 2010 (2010-09-11)4 December 2010 (2010-12-04)6.78
4131 October 2011 (2011-10-01)24 December 2011 (2011-12-24)7.17
5136 October 2012 (2012-10-06)24 December 2012 (2012-12-24)7.13


Series 1 (2008)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [3]
11"The Dragon's Call"James HawesJulian Jones20 September 2008 (2008-09-20)7.15
22"Valiant"James HawesHoward Overman27 September 2008 (2008-09-27)5.40
33"The Mark of Nimueh"James HawesJulian Jones4 October 2008 (2008-10-04)6.30
44"The Poisoned Chalice"Ed FraimanBen Vanstone11 October 2008 (2008-10-11)6.48
55"Lancelot"Ed FraimanJake Michie18 October 2008 (2008-10-18)5.37
66"A Remedy to Cure All Ills"Ed FraimanJulian Jones25 October 2008 (2008-10-25)6.00
77"The Gates of Avalon"Jeremy WebbBen Vanstone1 November 2008 (2008-11-01)6.45
88"The Beginning of the End"Jeremy WebbHoward Overman8 November 2008 (2008-11-08)6.25
99"Excalibur"Jeremy WebbJulian Jones15 November 2008 (2008-11-15)6.47
1010"The Moment of Truth"David MooreJulian Jones22 November 2008 (2008-11-22)7.03
1111"The Labyrinth of Gedref"Stuart OrmeHoward Overman29 November 2008 (2008-11-29)6.71
1212"To Kill the King"Stuart OrmeJake Michie6 December 2008 (2008-12-06)6.31
1313"Le Morte d'Arthur"David MooreJulian Jones13 December 2008 (2008-12-13)6.27

Series 2 (2009)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [4]
141"The Curse of Cornelius Sigan"David MooreJulian Jones19 September 2009 (2009-09-19)5.77
152"The Once and Future Queen"Jeremy WebbHoward Overman26 September 2009 (2009-09-26)5.94
163"The Nightmare Begins"Jeremy WebbBen Vanstone3 October 2009 (2009-10-03)6.09
174"Lancelot and Guinevere"David MooreHoward Overman10 October 2009 (2009-10-10)5.69
185"Beauty and the Beast - Part 1"David MooreJake Michie24 October 2009 (2009-10-24)5.53
196"Beauty and the Beast - Part 2"Metin HuseyinBen Vanstone31 October 2009 (2009-10-31)6.14
207"The Witchfinder"Jeremy WebbJake Michie7 November 2009 (2009-11-07)5.62
218"The Sins of the Father"Metin HuseyinHoward Overman14 November 2009 (2009-11-14)6.16
229"The Lady of the Lake"Metin HuseyinJulian Jones21 November 2009 (2009-11-21)6.30
2310"Sweet Dreams"Alice TroughtonLucy Watkins28 November 2009 (2009-11-28)6.02
2411"The Witch's Quickening"Alice TroughtonJake Michie5 December 2009 (2009-12-05)6.01
2512"The Fires of Idirsholas"Jeremy WebbJulian Jones12 December 2009 (2009-12-12)6.01
2613"The Last Dragonlord"Jeremy WebbJulian Jones19 December 2009 (2009-12-19)6.64

Series 3 (2010)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [5]
271"The Tears of Uther Pendragon – Part 1"Jeremy WebbJulian Jones11 September 2010 (2010-09-11)6.49
282"The Tears of Uther Pendragon – Part 2"Jeremy WebbJulian Jones18 September 2010 (2010-09-18)6.06
293"Goblin's Gold"Jeremy WebbHoward Overman25 September 2010 (2010-09-25)6.22
304"Gwaine"David MooreJulian Jones2 October 2010 (2010-10-02)6.42
315"The Crystal Cave"Alice TroughtonJulian Jones9 October 2010 (2010-10-09)6.36
326"The Changeling"David MooreLucy Watkins16 October 2010 (2010-10-16)6.40
337"The Castle of Fyrien"David MooreJake Michie23 October 2010 (2010-10-23)6.82
348"The Eye of the Phoenix"Alice TroughtonJulian Jones30 October 2010 (2010-10-30)6.92
359"Love in the Time of Dragons"Alice TroughtonJake Michie6 November 2010 (2010-11-06)6.90
3610"Queen of Hearts"Ashley WayHoward Overman13 November 2010 (2010-11-13)7.37
3711"The Sorcerer's Shadow"Ashley WayJulian Jones20 November 2010 (2010-11-20)7.42
3812"The Coming of Arthur – Part 1"Jeremy WebbJake Michie27 November 2010 (2010-11-27)7.12
3913"The Coming of Arthur – Part 2"Jeremy WebbJulian Jones4 December 2010 (2010-12-04)7.67

Series 4 (2011)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [6]
401"The Darkest Hour - Part 1"Alice TroughtonJulian Jones1 October 2011 (2011-10-01)6.40
412"The Darkest Hour - Part 2"Alice TroughtonJulian Jones8 October 2011 (2011-10-08)6.80
423"The Wicked Day"Alice TroughtonHoward Overman15 October 2011 (2011-10-15)7.04
434"Aithusa"Alex PillaiJulian Jones22 October 2011 (2011-10-22)6.96
445"His Father's Son"Alex PillaiJake Michie29 October 2011 (2011-10-29)7.40
456"A Servant of Two Masters"Alex PillaiLucy Watkins5 November 2011 (2011-11-05)6.94
467"The Secret Sharer"Justin MolotnikovJulian Jones12 November 2011 (2011-11-12)6.72
478"Lamia"Justin MolotnikovJake Michie19 November 2011 (2011-11-19)7.00
489"Lancelot du Lac"Justin MolotnikovLucy Watkins26 November 2011 (2011-11-26)7.32
4910"A Herald of the New Age"Jeremy WebbHoward Overman3 December 2011 (2011-12-03)6.90
5011"The Hunter's Heart"Jeremy WebbRichard McBrien10 December 2011 (2011-12-10)7.12
5112"The Sword in the Stone: Part 1"Alice TroughtonJake Michie17 December 2011 (2011-12-17)8.39
5213"The Sword in the Stone: Part 2"Alice TroughtonJulian Jones24 December 2011 (2011-12-24)8.18

Series 5 (2012)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [7]
531"Arthur's Bane - Part 1"Justin MolotnikovJulian Jones6 October 2012 (2012-10-06)7.12
542"Arthur's Bane - Part 2"Justin MolotnikovJulian Jones13 October 2012 (2012-10-13)6.99
553"The Death Song of Uther Pendragon"Justin MolotnikovHoward Overman20 October 2012 (2012-10-20)6.86
564"Another's Sorrow"Ashley WayJake Michie27 October 2012 (2012-10-27)6.86
575"The Disir"Ashley WayRichard McBrien3 November 2012 (2012-11-03)6.88
586"The Dark Tower"Ashley WayJulian Jones10 November 2012 (2012-11-10)6.85
597"A Lesson in Vengeance"Alice TroughtonJake Michie17 November 2012 (2012-11-17)6.86
608"The Hollow Queen"Alice TroughtonJulian Jones24 November 2012 (2012-11-24)6.86
619"With All My Heart"Alice TroughtonRichard McBrien1 December 2012 (2012-12-01)6.76
6210"The Kindness of Strangers"Declan O'DwyerRichard McBrien8 December 2012 (2012-12-08)7.00
6311"The Drawing of the Dark"Declan O'DwyerJulian Jones15 December 2012 (2012-12-15)7.34
6412"The Diamond of the Day - Part 1"Justin MolotnikovJake Michie22 December 2012 (2012-12-22)8.45
6513"The Diamond of the Day - Part 2"Justin MolotnikovJulian Jones24 December 2012 (2012-12-24)7.80


Children in Need[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [5]
1"Merlin in Need 2008"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.
2"Merlin in Need 2009"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".
3"Merlin in Need 2010"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]

No.TitleDirected byOriginal air date
1"The Real Merlin and Arthur"Mark Procter28 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.[8]

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.

No.TitleOriginal air dateProd
0"Welcome to Camelot"19 September 2009 (2009-09-19)1.X
1"Merlin Time"20 September 2009 (2009-09-20)1.1
2"Fit For a King"2 October 2009 (2009-10-02)1.2
3"Casting the Magic"9 October 2009 (2009-10-09)1.3
4"Maid to be Queen"12 October 2009 (2009-10-12)1.4
5"Trolly Dolly"24 October 2009 (2009-10-24)1.5
6"Con-troll Freak"2 November 2009 (2009-11-02)1.6
7"Witch Hunt"9 November 2009 (2009-11-09)1.7
8"A Family Affair"16 November 2009 (2009-11-16)1.8
9"Hardwork and Heartbreak"22 November 2009 (2009-11-22)1.9
10"Love Fool"28 November 2009 (2009-11-28)1.10
11"Beauty & the Thief"6 December 2009 (2009-12-06)1.11
12"The Dragon's Den"13 December 2009 (2009-12-13)1.12
13"That's a Wrap"21 December 2009 (2009-12-21)1.13

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.


Merlin : UK viewers per episode (millions)
SeriesEpisode numberAverage
Audience measurement performed by Broadcasters' Audience Research Board.BARB


  1. ^ Sweeney, Mark (29 August 2008). "Merlin: BBC cues up TV and cinema ads". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 30 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Merlin's Fourth Season Casts Spell on DVD". IGN. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. Archived from the original on 8 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. Archived from the original on 8 November 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. Archived from the original on 8 November 2008.
  6. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. Archived from the original on 8 November 2008.
  7. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. Archived from the original on 8 November 2008.
  8. ^ "Two Programmes – The Real Merlin and Arthur". BBC. Retrieved 16 July 2010.

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