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Atlantis to replace Merlin for BBC's autumn Saturday night line-up

Story by Jack Foley

A LAVISH new 13-part drama called Atlantis has been announced by the BBC for Autumn 2013.

Penned by Misfits and Merlin creator Howard Overman, the series will take the slot formerly occupied by Merlin during the BBC’s Saturday night line-up.

Billed as an “action-packed” series, Atlantis will focus on the titular city, which is described in the BBC’s PR as “a mysterious, ancient place; a world of bull leaping, of snake haired goddesses and of palaces so vast it was said they were built by giants”.

It’s into this strange, compelling realm that the young Jason arrives and an amazing adventure begins, bringing to life the vast store of Greek myths and legends re-imagined for a new generation.

As yet, no casting has been announced but the series will begin shooting in Wales and Morocco in April.

It forms the focal point of several new commissions announced by controller of drama, Ben Stephenson.

Explaining that he wanted to make the BBC “more British than ever”, Stephenson commented: ““It is about applying the Danny Boyle vision to our work – a bold, adventurous, authorial approach that exports because of its Britishness not despite it.”

This involves bringing back some favourites (including Call The Midwife and Death In Paradise), honouring the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and introducing a wide and varied selection of new drama productions.

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