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Camelot is a land where magic is banned [and] Merlin ...is a young boy who works as Arthur's manservant and has to hide his abilities." US broadcaster NBC began airing Merlin on 21 June 2009; but, after a decline in viewers, it was moved to cable network Syfy, where it began broadcasting series 2 on 2 April 2010.The show is loosely based on the Arthurian legends of the young wizard Merlin and his extremely close relationship with King Arthur, but it differs from traditional versions.The show was influenced by the US drama series Smallville about the early years of Superman, and was produced by independent production company Shine Limited. The series premiered in 2008 to mixed reviews but good ratings which improved as the series went on, and proved popular on the BBC's digital catch-up service i Player.The BBC had been keen on showing a drama based on the character of Merlin for some time; a year before the Shine series was initiated, writer and producer Chris Chibnall had been developing a project aimed at a BBC One Sunday night slot, but this was ultimately not commissioned.The Shine version of the project was put into development in late 2006, commissioned by Controller of BBC One Peter Fincham and BBC Head of Fiction Jane Tranter, with Fincham keen on having more series on his channel which embodied "three generation TV – that's TV you can watch with your grandparents and children.The Great Dragon (voice of John Hurt) tells Merlin that he has an important destiny: To protect Uther's son, Arthur, who will return magic to Camelot and unite the land of Albion.When Merlin meets Arthur, Merlin believes that he is an arrogant bully and Arthur (Bradley James), likewise, has a less than stellar opinion of Merlin.
Capps said: "Just as in Smallville we wanted to subvert expectations.
Its use is punishable by death, forcing Merlin to keep his magical powers secret from everyone in Camelot other than his mentor Gaius.
Arthur grows from a young, self-absorbed boy to the mighty king in the legends, while Merlin develops into his colossal role in creating the powerful Camelot.
Merlin eventually becomes close friends with Arthur, and another servant named Guinevere (Angel Coulby).
But when Uther's actions eventually cause his ward, Morgana (Katie Mc Grath), to turn against Camelot, Merlin must work together with the Once and Future King (Arthur) to save Albion.