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Fantasy drama based on the legend of King Arthur and Merlin.

Genres: Adventure | Fantasy
Station: BBC One (UK)
Rating: 9.21/10 from 19 users
Status: Ended
Start: 2008-09-20

Merlin Season 1 Air Dates

S01E01 - The Dragon's Call Air Date: 20 September 2008 18:00 -

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?

S01E02 - Valiant Air Date: 27 September 2008 18:00 -

Camelot is hosting its annual sword tournament and knights from throughout the realm have come to compete for its coveted title. Among those hoping to win the crown is Knight Valiant. Armed with a magical shield, Valiant will stop at nothing to win his prize. Merlin tries to expose Valiant as a cheat, but even those closest to him do not believe his claims.

Battling with his faith, friendships and destiny, Merlin attempts to stop Valiant's evil scheme before Arthur becomes the next knight to die by his shield.

S01E03 - The Mark of Nimueh Air Date: 04 October 2008 18:00 -

The fantasy-drama based on the King Arthur legend continues, as a deadly plague spreads through Camelot. When it seems that sorcery can be the only possible explanation, Merlin and Gaius race to find a cure, while Gwen is arrested and sentenced to death for practising witchcraft.

Venturing deep beneath Camelot to unmask the true culprit, Merlin, Morgana and Arthur are faced with a terrifying beast, conjured by the evil sorceress Nimueh. Can they expose the truth before Gwen is executed?

S01E04 - The Poisoned Chalice Air Date: 11 October 2008 18:00 -

The evil sorceress Nimueh (Michelle Ryan) is back to wreak havoc on Camelot. This time Merlin is her target, and she tricks the young warlock into drinking from a poisoned chalice, causing him to fall dangerously ill.

Arthur must venture to the caves deep beneath the forest of Balor to obtain the antidote, but he does not realise he is walking into a trap. Determined to thwart his quest, Nimueh does everything she can to stop him.

Can Arthur overcome these magical hurdles and make it back in time to save his friend?

S01E05 - Lancelot Air Date: 18 October 2008 18:00 -

On a trip to the forest, Merlin is attacked by a terrifying winged monster. Help comes from an unexpected quarter when a heroic stranger fights off the beast. His name? Lancelot.

Keen to repay this debt, Merlin resolves to help his new friend become a Knight of Camelot. But at what cost? For Lancelot is not of noble blood, and to change the pages of destiny is a dangerous game. With the mysterious creature still on the loose, Merlin's actions could have disastrous consequences for Camelot - and for Arthur.

S01E06 - A Remedy to Cure All Ills Air Date: 25 October 2008 18:00 -

The fantasy adventure romp based on the legend of King Arthur continues. When the Lady Morgana is struck down with a mysterious illness, Gaius is at a loss for a cure. Thankfully a new physician, Edwin Muirden, is on hand to bring the King's ward back from the brink.

As the stranger charms his way further into Camelot's court, winning over everyone from Uther to Merlin, Gaius begins to doubt his credentials. Just who is the mysterious newcomer and what does he want with the royal family? Gaius' loyalty and bravery are going to be tested to the limit if he is to find out.

S01E07 - The Gates of Avalon Air Date: 01 November 2008 19:00 -

Arthur's chivalry lands him in trouble when he jumps to the rescue of a damsel in distress, Sophia, and her elderly father Aulfric.

Back in Camelot, Sophia uses more than just her feminine charms to take control of Arthur's heart. This strange behaviour doesn't go unnoticed by Merlin, but can he work out who the mysterious pair are, and what they want with Arthur?

S01E08 - The Beginning of the End Air Date: 08 November 2008 19:00 -

When Merlin decides to help a magical young fugitive, he finds an unlikely ally in Morgana.

The pair are desperate to smuggle the boy back to his own kind, but this becomes increasingly difficult, as the hunt for his whereabouts increases with every minute. Their task takes a dangerous turn when Uther declares that anyone hiding the child will be executed.

With their lives now on the line, can they sneak the boy out of the castle without being caught? And perhaps more importantly, just who is the mysterious child, and how does he know so much about Merlin?

S01E09 - Excalibur Air Date: 15 November 2008 19:00 -

Uther's past comes back to haunt him when a mysterious Black Knight rides into Camelot. The visitor quickly makes his presence felt, throwing down his gauntlet and challenging the Knights of Camelot to mortal combat.

As the formidable fighter picks off his opponents one by one, it becomes clear he cannot be beaten; is it just his superior skill, or is there something more sinister behind his invincibility? With Arthur set to face this deadly foe, will Uther overcome his pride and do the right thing, or is the truth too difficult to face?

S01E10 - The Moment of Truth Air Date: 22 November 2008 19:00 -

When Merlin's village is attacked by Kanan, a fearsome raider, Merlin rushes home to help - and is surprised when Gwen, Morgana and Arthur insist on coming with him.

It quickly becomes clear that the odds are stacked firmly against them. With dozens of lives at stake, Merlin's old friend William forces him to make a difficult choice. Is he prepared to use magic to save the village, and in doing so reveal his sorcery to Arthur? Or will his destiny to protect the future King lead him to keep his magic a secret, which may mean leaving his old friends to die..?

S01E11 - The Labyrinth of Gedref Air Date: 29 November 2008 19:00 -

When Arthur kills a unicorn, the most prized and mystical of creatures, Merlin's heart is filled with foreboding.

The young sorcerer's concerns are soon validated when a curse descends on Camelot. With the fabled city fast running out of both food and water, Arthur is desperate to help his people. But to do so he must listen to the mysterious Anhora and he doesn't like what he hears. Will Arthur take Anhora seriously before it's too late? And if so, is he brave enough to face the challenges that are thrown at him?

S01E12 - To Kill the King Air Date: 06 December 2008 19:00 -

When Gwen's father is imprisoned for treason and killed at Uther's behest, Morgana decides she must take revenge.

Merlin is stunned to discover just how far she is prepared to go when he uncovers a plot to kill the King. Can the young sorcerer summon the courage to foil her plan, or is this one occasion when he should just sit back and do nothing? After all, his life would be much simpler were Uther not around.

S01E13 - Le Morte d'Arthur Air Date: 13 December 2008 19:00 -

Gaius is deeply troubled when a Questing Beast is spotted in Camelot. A creature conjured from the nightmares of a long dead king, not only is its bite fatal but it is feared as an omen of impending doom...

Friendship, loyalty and love are all tested to the limit as Merlin is forced to choose between those he loves most in the world. Just how far is the young sorcerer prepared to go to protect his destiny? And what will he have to sacrifice in order to do so?

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