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The Legend of Camelot Is Filtered Through a Modern Lens in "Merlin"
A powerful wizard must protect a prince and lead him to his destiny on the throne of a mythical kingdom. The legend of Merlin is familiar to many - there's Guinevere, Morgana, and Lancelot... and, of course, Camelot.
However, NBC's 13-part fantasy drama "Merlin" reinvents the story for the 21st century by giving the classic tale a magical new twist.
"It's myth and legend, and is based on hearsay and opinions - so you can come up with a different way of telling the story," says acclaimed actor Anthony Head, who as King Uther headlines a talented cast in the new series. In "Merlin," he says, producers "have found a different spin on it: a young spin, a humorous spin, a dark spin. And why not? It's thrilling, it's entertaining and it tells a fantastic tale."
In this modern version, rather than an wizened, aged Merlin meeting a gangly young boy in the woods near Camelot, two strong-headed youths - as similar in age as they are dissimilar in personality - come together for the sake of the kingdom. Other characters, like Morgana and Guinevere, also undergo changes. Yet, says Colin Morgan, who stars as Merlin, the series' creators have preserved the central myth.