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article image‘Merlin’s End’: BBC fantasy show to finish this year

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 26, 2012 in Entertainment
The creators of the British-made fantasy series Merlin have confirmed that the show will finish at the end of the current, fifth, season.
The news came in a statement from Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, in which they said, “This is the series where the storylines truly reach their apex.”
The pair went on to say that they’d always planned that their story would best be told over five seasons, which would “[lead] to a spectacular finale that draws on the best known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot.”
According to Digital Spy, that finale will take place as “a two-part special, airing this Christmas”.
Merlin is made for the BBC by Shine – an independent production company. Danny Cohen – the controller of BBC 1, who commissions the series for the corporation – said of the drama, “Merlin's mix of magic, adventure and humour quickly became a hit with […] audiences and has continued to thrill families over the last five years. I admire the creators’ decision to end Merlin on a high, but also know that we will miss it in the [schedules]. I hope fans will tune in over the coming weeks to see the spectacularly dramatic final episodes.”
Merlin began in 2008, following on from the success of the BBC’s own Doctor Who, both drama series being aimed at the so-called “family” audience. As well as Capps and Murphy, the series was co-created by Julian Jones and Jake Michie.
“Merlin’s End”
Speaking to fans of the show this afternoon, Colin Morgan – who plays titular role of Merlin in the drama series – said, “This was always going to be a five-year journey […] and I think the show has run its natural course.
“[It] has grown and grown each year and now we’ve arrived at its strongest point and we’ve achieved what we set out to do … I know this is the end, and I know this is goodbye, but thank you for being there on the journey with us because it has been a lot of fun!” he added.
Season 5 of Merlin continues on BBC 1, on Saturday
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