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The Dragon's Call

Merlin, Series 1 Episode 1 of 13

Merlin, a wizard on the cusp of adulthood, arrives in Camelot hoping to find a use for his burgeoning talent for magic. He is welcomed by Gaius, the court physician, but Merlin soon learns magic has been outlawed by King Uther, the tyrannical leader of the realm, its practice made punishable by death.

When the Great Dragon summons Merlin to his cave, he tells the young wizard that he has a great destiny - to use his skills to keep the young Prince Arthur safe. But Merlin hates the flashy, arrogant Prince, and Arthur despises the wizard with equal fervour. So when an evil witch threatens Prince Arthur's life, Merlin finds himself tested - will he face up to his destiny to keep Arthur safe? And can he do so without getting caught?

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45 minutes

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Sat 5 Jan 2013 19:00

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Role Contributor
MerlinColin Morgan
Voice of the DragonJohn Hurt
ArthurBradley James
Uther PendragonAnthony Head
GaiusRichard Wilson
MorganaKatie McGrath
Mary Collins/Lady HelenEve Myles
GwenAngel Coulby
ProducerSue de Beauvoir
ActorEd Coleman
BronwenLouise Dylan
GregoryGary Oliver
HunithCaroline Faber
DirectorJames Hawes
WriterJulian Jones

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