I'm quite surprised no one has started a Merlin thread. Here's a bit of background. Merlin is a British television drama series that started in 2008. Based on Arthurian legends, it explores Camelot and its inhabitants from the point of view of a young warlock, Merlin. Produced by Shine Limited for BBC One, it follows the exploits of Prince Arthur Pendragon and Merlin (a warlock in disguise) along with several other characters. The four main characters are all about the same age - in their late teens to early 20s. Prince Arthur (Bradley James) is a heroic warrior, also a bit of a bully. Headstrong, reckless, he's often out saving people but also is a prime target for assassination. He and Merlin don't get along in the beginning but find themselves becoming friends as the series progresses. Merlin (Colin Morgan), is a country bumpkin with a natural gift for magic and also getting into trouble. By the end of the first episode, he has the job of manservant to Prince Arthur - neither of them happy about it. He also has to keep his magic a secret. One slip and he's toast - literally. The King loves to kill sorcerers, either by fire or ax. In fact, the beginning of the first episode, someone is executed for sorcery. Morgana (Katie McGrath) is Uther's ward and irritating non-sibling to Arthur. She has her own secrets and her gift for seeing the future is just beginning. She must keep this from Uther who would have no problem killing her off. Gwen or Guinevere (Angel Coulby) is Morgana's maidservant. Sweet, loyal, always tripping over her own words, she's the friend that Merlin needs at Camelot. Older characters include: King Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head of Buffy fame) is a ruthless dictator who has banned all sorcery on penality of death. He treats Prince Arthur with disdain. He has a dark past and there are many questions surrounding the death of his wife, Igraine. Gaius (Richard Wilson) is court physician and Merlin's mentor and friend. He's the only one who knows Merlin's secret. Dragon (voiced by John Hurt) is a dragon chained deep under Camelot and gives sage but sometimes confusing advice to Merlin. Nimueh (Michelle Ryan) is the sorceress and the main protagonist for the first season. She doesn't show up until the 3rd episode. Shine says that they filmed the series as if each episode was a film. It shows. The stories are well plotted and the characters grow over the course of the 13 episodes. They also used Pierrepont (a castle rebuilt in the 1800s) in France for Camelot's location. It gives a realism that isn't found in CGI. Episode 1: the characters are introduced. Merlin comes to Camelot to stay with Gaius. He meets and is not impressed with Arthur who is a bully and not very nice. King Uther has killed one sorcerer and the mother threatened Arthur for revenge. Merlin has to learn to keep his gifts hidden. So anyone else watching this besides me? The DVDs are out in the UK and NBC has bought the first season to show in the States - hopefully in the spring or fall of this year.