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Colin Morgan (above), 22, will take on the role of Merlin. Morgan has appeared in "Doctor Who" and "The Catherine Tate" Christmas special. He played Esteban in a production of "All About My Mother" at London's Old Vic last year.
Brit channel BBC is to launch a TV and cinema advertising campaign to support the launch of "Merlin", BBC1's Fall fantasy drama featuring veteran actor John Hurt and Bionic Woman star Michelle Ryan. The promotional ad campaign has been created by agency Red Bee Media. The 13-part series aims to update the King Arthur legend for a modern audience and will be broadcast from September in the BBC1 early Saturday evening family drama slot.
In the series Ryan, the former "EastEnders" star, plays the role of wicked sorceress Nimueh, while Hurt provides the voice of the Great Dragon, the young Merlin's mythological mentor.
Santiago Cabrera, who played Isaac Mendez in the US drama "Heroes", will appear as Lancelot, joining an all-star cast that also includes "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Anthony Head and "One Foot in the Grave"'s Richard Wilson.
The three main parts of the young Merlin, Arthur and Guinevere will be played by a trio of newcomers :
Bradley James, 23, who plays the young Arthur, has appeared in an episode of ITV1's detective drama "Lewis", while Angel Coulby, who plays Guinevere, has appeared in "Doctor Who" and ITV1 police drama "Vincent".
Shine producers Julian Murphy and Johnny Caps, who came up with the idea after working on BSkyB's teen horror show "Hex", said that "Merlin" was also influenced by US show "Smallville", about the early years of Superman.
"Smallville" helped provide the idea that "Merlin" would see a "Camelot that existed before its golden age".
The series has already been sold to a number of international broadcasters by distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises, including NBC in the US and CTV in Canada.
Founded in La Rochelle (French Atlantic coast) in 2004 at Low (vocal) and Guillaume's initiative, along with Étienne and Cisco the band releases in 2006 a first self-produced demo CD, "Mind Mess", followed next year by the maxi-single "The Evil Gentlemen" which asserts their popularity in this genre.
After several concerts in France with artists like Pistol Valve and Calmando Qual, CLOSER grows considerably when Jérôme joins them on drums in autumn 2007. Fierce performances and apparitions in media such as the French magazine Rock One allow them to reach a larger audience and continued on their way.
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