Epic fantasy adventures in Atlantis

Pythagoras (ROBERT EMMS) , Jason (JACK DONNELLY) , Hercules (MARK ADDY)  - (C) Little Monster Films - Photographer: Nick Briggs
Pythagoras (ROBERT EMMS) , Jason (JACK DONNELLY) , Hercules (MARK ADDY) - (C) Little Monster Films - Photographer: Nick Briggs

Many TV viewers were disappointed last year when the series Merlin ended with the death of Arthur and Merlin being seen in our present day waiting for his return.

However many Merlin fans were delighted when they learned that creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy were going to create a new fantasy adventure series – Atlantis - which would explore some of the famous Greek legends in an interesting and modern way.

Finally this Saturday at 8.25pm on BBC1, viewers will get the opportunity of seeing its first episode. Merlin ended in the present day.

This series begins there, when we are introduced to Jason (Jack Donnelly) who is on a quest to discover what happened to his missing father.

Before too long he ends up in Atlantis where he soon makes two new friends - Hercules (Mark Addy) and Pythagoras (Robert Emms).

These three musketeers are the leading characters for this first season of thirteen episodes. Other important characters throughout the series are Jason’s would-be girlfriend Ariadne (Aiysha Hart), the mysterious Oracle (Juliet Stevenson) and Medusa (Jemima Rooper). Also putting in an appearance as the King will be Alexander Siddig who starred in both Star Trek – Deep Space 9 and Primeval.

In the coming weeks we are promised that there will be epic adventures with lots of swordplay, humour and a number of CGI creatures. Jason is a stranger in a strange land – someone whom the audience can identify with.

The scripts are written by Howard Overman of Misfits fame. Despite its later than expected starting time, it is hoped that Atlantis will find a family audience and will prove to be a Saturday night favourite like Doctor Who, Robin Hood and Merlin were.

And that it will be a suitable alternative to the X Factor.

Ian K