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Chan­nel 10, Sun­day, 6.30pm ★★★★ Mer­lin was treated with sus­pi­cion when it pre­miered in 2008. Few gave it a chance of suc­cess be­cause it seemed a bla­tant at­tempt to cash in on the Harry Pot­ter craze, but it has proved the crit­ics wrong. One of the great strengths of Mer­lin is that it’s a UK pro­duc­tion. The writ­ing’s solid and the ac­tors have been cast pri­mar­ily be­cause they can act. Colin Mor­gan, who plays Mer­lin, couldn’t have put it bet­ter when he re­vealed in an in­ter­view that ‘‘the Amer­i­cans are plan­ning an­other retelling of the Camelot leg­end . . . so I sup­pose we will dis­cover just how badly it can be done’’. How right he was. The re­cent Camelot se­ries was a dud. DD


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