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Mark Addy and Juliet Stevenson head cast of BBC's Atlantis

Mark Addy in The Flintstones

Story by Jack Foley

MARK Addy and Juliet Stevenson will head the cast of BBC1’s new series, Atlantis.

They will be joined by Sarah Parish (Monroe), Jemima Rooper (Lost in Austen), Robert Emms (War Horse), Jack Donnelly (Dancing On The Edge) and Djinn‘s Aiysha Hart.

The 13-part series is being tipped to replace Merlin on Saturday nights and takes place in a time of legendary heroes, mythical creatures and gods, with Greek myths and legends re-imagined for a new generation.

Howard Overman (Misfits) is creator and head writer for the drama, which will be executive produced by Merlin‘s Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy.

Commentong on his involvement, Addy said: “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.”

Parish, meanwhile, added that she is “thrilled” to be part of such an “exciting project”, while Stevenson said she is “looking forward to a great adventure”.

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, commented: “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.”

Filming on Atlantis is due to begin in April on location in Wales and Morocco.

The series should air in the autumn.

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