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The Legend of Camelot Is Filtered Through a Modern Lens in "Merlin" (Continued)
"We've got something new to show, something different to tell, which people would not normally associate with these characters," Morgan says. "You think of Arthurian legend, you think about that period in history - and we've twisted that and turned it on its head making it into something completely new and different."
Widely known for his role as Rupert Giles in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and his work with the "Doctor Who" series, Head says the series had to remain rooted in classic legend since the tale of Camelot is British to its core.
"In England, we know the story very well. It gets dressed up in different ways, but it's always the same tale, and that's why it has caught the public's attention," he says.
"Merlin" originally premiered on BBC last fall, and became one of the year's highest-rated programs.
"This is a very clever reworking. We all know how it's going to end. But now, when you see a character like Lancelot turn up, you know it's going to have repercussions. It gives you an opportunity to be a bit of a voyeur as an audience!"
Hailed by the Daily Mail as "a well-judged blend of fantasy, humor and excitement," "Merlin" stars Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James and Katie McGrath, with Anthony Head and Richard Wilson. "Merlin" also features John Hurt as the voice of the Great Dragon.