Merlin: BBC Orders Season Five; Will Syfy Renew It Too?

Merlin panel at Comic Con, season fiveThe fantasy series may have been cancelled by NBC after one season but Merlin continues to be a big success elsewhere. The BBC ordered a fourth season (series) late last year. It’s currently being filmed and will debut in the UK this fall. Last week, Syfy officially announced that season four of Merlin would air here in the States in early 2012.

Now, it’s been announced that Merlin has been renewed for a fifth season overseas. Production on this new round of 13 episodes will go into production in March 2012. We’ll likely have to wait until Syfy sees how well season four performs before licensing number five.

Here’s the official press release:


San Diego, CA – July 24, 2011 – It was today announced by FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) that hit television show MERLIN, produced and created by Shine TV, has been commissioned for a fifth season by the BBC. The news was revealed during a special MERLIN panel at Comic-Con International panel on Sunday, July 24 that featured cast members Anthony Head, Bradley James, Katie McGrath and Colin Morgan, and executive producers and co-creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy.

MERLIN airs on Syfy in the United States. Season four will premiere in early 2012.

MERLIN’s success and popularity continues to flourish across the globe, FME, who has invested in the fifth season of MERLIN alongside UK broadcaster BBC One, has now sold MERLIN to over 52 broadcasters in more than 183 countries including Syfy (USA), RTL (Germany), Disney (South America), Canal + (France) and Network 10 (Australia).
David Ellender, Global CEO, FME commented, “With MERLIN now in 183 countries and both a fourth and fifth season underway, it is a truly global brand. Consistent audience figures in each territory, a strong international fan base and a fantastic cast further cement its cross generational appeal. We are continuing to work with the best broadcasters, producers and licensing partners on this brand and look forward to its on-going success.”

Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, executive producers for Shine TV, said: “We are both delighted to have a fifth season commissioned and thrilled with the worldwide success of MERLIN. We have some fantastic ideas in mind for the next stage of the journey and relish the chance to take the program to the next level!”

The fourth season of the fantasy drama, which is currently being filmed in Pierrefonds, France and Cardiff, Wales, will begin airing in Autumn 2011 on BBC One in the UK, and in early 2012 on Syfy in the US. The third season, which was broadcast in winter 2010, pulled in the highest UK ratings for the drama so far, with a weekly average of over 6 million viewers and a total of 24.3% share of the audience.

Launched in 2008, MERLIN tells the story of young Merlin in Camelot as he comes to grips with his powers and destiny. The epic fourth season of MERLIN sees Camelot on the brink of a Golden Age as the familiar blend of magic, mystery and action adventure returns. With Morgana now a dangerous outcast, Merlin must use all his power to ensure that Arthur fulfils his destiny as the Once and Future King. No further details about plot or characters have been revealed yet for the fifth season.

MERLIN stars Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head as King Uther, Katie McGrath as Morgana, Angel Coulby as Gwen, Richard Wilson as Gaius and John Hurt as the voice of the Great Dragon. Seasons three and four have seen a host of high-profile guest-stars including: Emilia Fox, Tom Ellis, Miriam Margoyles, Warwick Davies, Nathaniel Parker and Pauline Collins.

FremantleMedia Enterprises holds the exclusive distribution rights (excluding UK), home entertainment and licensing rights to The Adventures of Merlin. FME has secured licensing rights to produce numerous multi-territory brand extensions including a publishing and figurines range, experiential events and consumer promotions.

MERLIN is made for BBC Cymru Wales by award-winning executive producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy from Shine Television, with Bethan Jones as executive producer for the BBC.

The new 13 episodes of Season 5 will start filming in Wales and Pierrefonds, France in March 2012.

What do you think? Glad to hear the Merlin has been renewed? Do you want Syfy to air it too?

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  1. ashley says

    I just discovered the series recently and FELL IN LOVEEE WITH IT … I watched all the seasons but im depressed that USA wont have the new season till jan. :( i hope people from the UK load it on youtube for usa watchers to see it sooner … its unfair

  2. Hans & Eliane says

    Hi we are TOTAL FAN’sd of MERLIN..we LOVE the SHOW and ACTORS, and WAITING for SEASON FIVE to BEGINN on SIFI Channel…

  3. says

    I have been waiting all year for Merlin #5. It is such a good series. This fantasy has captured not only myself, my friends, and grandson are also awaiting Season #5. Please host the weekly shows.

  4. Nancy Alderman says

    Merlin is a favorite of ours, please, please renew it . I look forward to warching every week, and would HATE not to see it continue.

  5. Joh says

    Of COURSE NBC cancelled it…they DONT know a good thing when they have it……the BBC on the other hand do.

  6. Nesta says

    This show is one I look forward to viewing here in the USA. The best show on SyFy. Please do not make season 5 the last. There is so much a writer can do with these characters.

  7. Rob says

    Why does this sound like re-run of anxiety for us Americans every year concerning whether or not Merlin will air on SYFY? Every year the same thing. The series has been such a hit here in the USA,don’t understand why we have to wait in angst always wondering will this great series return. If there’s any question of the shows popularity and how well it’s liked, I can answer that for thousands of Merlin followers-YES YES YES!!!! WE WANT MERLIN PLEASE!!!!

  8. Derek Adams says

    Love the show, love the characters the action and whoever else has a part in the making of this awesome show. The selection of the actors/actresses playing the roles are all excellent choices dont change a thing and keep the cameras rolling. In addition, with so many crappy shows out there “Merlin” should have no problem returning for alot of seasons. Hands down this is one of my most favorite shows to date. Awesome job to all of you!!

  9. Sandi says

    I just discoverd Merlin. It’s a WONDERFUL series! The production and location and cast are absolutely amazing (compared to many U.S. shows, in particular – where some excellent shows are cancelled because it’s said the production and location are too costly ). I can only shake my head in wonder at the continuing idiocy at NBC on many of their choices. I hope SyFy (has many of my favorite shows) continues to support Merlin. I ALSO hope there is a Season 6 with the same writers (excellent stories) and actors. Surely there are enough stories to fill at least another couple of seasons.

  10. Chillzone says

    I can’t wait for season 5 to premiere on syfy. I love Merlin and the Arthur legend. keep it running.

  11. Suzanne says

    Can’t wait for Season 5 of “Merlin”! SyFy, bring it on as soon as BBC One airs it in the UK!

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