BBC Announces Full Cast for New Fantasy Show ‘Atlantis’

atlantisWith Merlin ending on Christmas Eve last year, there was a gaping hole in BBC’s teatime Saturday lineup. But soon after, it was announced that Merlin‘s former executive producers, Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy would be leaving Shine, the company that produced the drama, to create their own company.

“Big deal!” you say. Well, it sort of is because they’re creating a brand-spankin’ new fantasy show along with Misfits’ Howard Overman about Greek mythology and a famous lost city called Atlantis. The full cast has just been announced including former Merlin guest star Sarah Parish and Game of Thrones’ Mark Addy. Click behind the cut for more:

Cast announced for BBC One’s Atlantis
Casting has been announced for BBC One’s highly anticipated new family drama Atlantis.

The line-up includes Mark Addy (The Syndicate, Trollied), Juliet Stevenson (White Heat, The Hour), Sarah Parish (Mistresses, Monroe), Jemima Rooper (Lost In Austen, Hex), Robert Emms (War Horse, Mirror Mirror),Aiysha Hart (Djinn, Honour) and Jack Donnelly (Dancing On The Edge, House Of Anubis).

Atlantis is a brand new, thrilling fantasy drama, set in a time of legendry heroes, mythical creatures and gods. The action packed 13-part series brings to life the vast store of Greek myths and legends re-imagined for a new generation.

The mythical city is currently under construction at sites in Wales and Morocco. Filming will commence in April and the programme will air this autumn.Mark Addy says: “I am very excited to be invited along on this epic adventure. The scripts bring to life ancient myths with such a vibrancy and sense of humour; I knew I wanted to be a part of it.”Sarah Parish says: “I am thrilled to be part of Atlantis. It’s a very exciting project and I can’t wait to start filming.”

Juliet Stevenson says: “I am delighted to have joined the cast of Atlantis, and very excited to be working with the team. This genre is new to me, so I am looking forward to a great adventure.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning says: “The fantastic cast announced for Atlantis is testament to the ambition and scale of Howard Overman’s scripts. Some of the UK’s best loved actors are joining our newest talent to take the BBC One audience to a rich and wonderful world where any adventure is possible.”

Atlantis was written and created by Howard Overman (Misfits, Dirk Gently, Vexed, Merlin). Executive Producers are Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy (Merlin, Hex, As If, Sugar Rush) and Howard Overman for Little Monster Films. Executive produced for BBC Cymru Wales by Bethan Jones. The drama series was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama, and Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One.

What do you guys think of this cast and the news? I’m intrigued and want to see if Capps and Murphy can recreate the magic (couldn’t help myself) that they had with their previous show. Howard Overman is a fantastic writer – I’m a big fan of Misfits and the episodes of Merlin he wrote; we’ll see if bringing these guys together again along with previous crew members like DoP Dale McCready will keep this ship afloat.

Source: BBC
Reporter: Sharlene Mousfar

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