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SPACE Casts a Spell with Season 4 Premiere of MERLIN, Jan. 7 – MERLIN returns to SPACE’s primetime Saturday lineup – – Full episodes available at www.spacecast.com – To tweet this release: http://bit.ly/rvQsWA Toronto, ON (December 07, 2011) – Like magic, SPACE continues to offer spellbinding programming with no limits. Standing on the brink of a golden age, Season 4 of critically acclaimed medieval fantasy series MERLIN premieres on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET, exclusively on SPACE. The fantastical series and fan favourite follows the young wizard Merlin (Colin Morgan) as he discovers his gift of magic, working under the tutelage of court physician Gaius (Richard Wilson). Merlin must hide his developing skills as King Uther (Anthony Head) has banned magic in his kingdom, punishable by death. Merlin battles against dark sorcerers, assassins and monstrous creatures in Camelot, all the while fulfilling his destiny to protect the young Prince Arthur (Bradley James). The premiere episode of Season 3 of MERLIN held court with a record audience of 464,200 viewers on SPACE, making it the #1 specialty program of the day. Season 3 of MERLIN had a program average of 364,300 viewers, up 33% from the previous season, and also ranking as the #1 specialty program in its timeslot. Season 4 is destined to deliver the legendary adventure fantasy that fans have been waiting for with the series’ deadliest dangers, explosive stunt sequences and spectacular CGI creatures. Viewers can once again catch relive the magic of MERLIN for one month following the broadcast at spacecast.com. Before the premiere, viewers can catch up on all things MERLIN during THE 12 DAYS OF SPACE-MAS’ Magical Merlin Marathon, Wednesday, Dec 28 and Thursday, Dec. 29, with back-to-back episodes of Seasons 1 and 2. Then, MERLIN fans can check out the Season 3 marathon, starting at 7 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 7 in advance of the premiere.
**Media Note** - Download Season 4 photography for MERLIN at bellmediapr.ca/space In the Season 3 finale, "The Coming of Arthur (Part 2)", Morgana was crowned Queen of Camelot and Arthur formed a resistance against the new monarchy. Merlin believed he wouldn’t succeed and as a result went to retrieve Excalibur. The new season of MERLIN sees the tides of change thrust upon Camelot with the forces of evil gathering faster than ever, threatening the very balance of the world. In the Season 4 premiere, “The Darkest Hour (Part 1)” (Saturday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET), Morgana, empowered with her magic stronger than ever, summons the mighty Callieach (Gemma Jones, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) to tear open the veil between the two worlds, effectively opening the gates to the Other World. Hellish creatures pour forth, killing any who succumb to their touch. With Uther a shadow of his former self, it falls to Arthur and his loyal knights, including Lancelot to protect the kingdom. Nothing will prepare Merlin when he discovers that the only way to restore the balance requires a sacrifice of unimaginable proportions. MERLIN sees the return of Colin Morgan (Island) in the title role and Bradley James (DIS/CONNECTED) as the headstrong Prince Arthur. The series also stars sci-fi and drama veteran Anthony Head (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) as Uther, Santiago Cabrera (HEROES) as Lancelot, Angel Coulby (THE VISIT) as Gwen, Katie McGrath (THE QUEEN) as Morgana, and Richard Wilson (ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE) as Gaius. SPACE is Canada’s national science fiction, horror and fantasy channel. SPACE is truly the station for all those who dare to challenge their imagination. SPACE is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more information about SPACE, visit spacecast.com. Source: BBM Canada SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: SPACE on Facebook SPACE on Twitter - SPACE For more information, please contact: Jason Chow, SPACE, 416.384.2372, email@example.com Nicola Krishna, SPACE, 416-384-5276, firstname.lastname@example.org