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Monday 28 July 2014

BBC announce cast for Atlantis, the new drama to replace Merlin

Published 27/03/2013|17:08

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Juliet Stevenson and Mark Addy will star in Atlantis Photo: PA

Juliet Stevenson and Mark Addy are lined up to star in a new family drama, set to take Merlin's Saturday evening slot this autumn.

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The BBC have announced an all-star cast for Atlantis, a new family drama that will air in the Saturday early evening slot vacated by Merlin.

 

The cast includes acclaimed actress Juliet Stevenson, who will soon be seen in BBC One's The Village, Sarah Parish, who has appeared TV dramas such as Mistresses and Monroe and Game of Thrones' Mark Addy.

 

Addy, no stranger to fantasy after his role as Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones said he was "very excited to be invited along on this epic adventure".

 

Also confirmed are Robert Emms, who starred in Steven Spielberg's War Horse, young Misfits talent Jack Donnelly and Lost In Austen's Jemima Rooper.

 

Atlantis was first announced in January and promised "a world of snake haired goddesses and vast palaces". It will take Merlin's slot this autumn, following the conclusion of the fantasy drama after five series on Christmas Eve last year.

Like Merlin, Atlantis will revolve around a male protagonist, Jason, who arrives in Atlantis and begins a series of adventures. The new BBC series is created by Misfits writer Howard Overman.

 

Merlin producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy will be executive producing the 13-part series.

 

Atlantis is based on the Greek myths and legends and will be filmed on two seperate sets which are being constructed in Wales and Morocco ahead of filming in April.

Alice Vincent Telegraph.co.uk

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