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Merlin's Armagh star proud as show to end

By Anthony Barnes

The Northern Irish actor who has starred as Merlin in the hit BBC series since its debut in 2008 has said the show has run its natural course.

The family drama series — which stars Armagh-born Colin Morgan in the lead role — is to be axed after five years, with the current run its last.

The BBC said the series about the young King Arthur and his wizard servant will come to a “natural and dramatic end” when it bows out with a two-part finale.

The show, which features stars such as Richard Wilson and John Hurt, pulls in almost seven million viewers but is being ended by its creators.

Morgan said: “I think the show has run its natural course. The show has grown and grown each year and now we've arrived at its strongest point and we've achieved what we set out to do.”

BBC1 controller Danny Cohen said: “I admire the creators' decision to end Merlin on a high, but also know that we will miss it. We have ambitious plans for new drama in the Saturday evening slot in 2013.”

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