DVD & Blu-ray review: Merlin: Complete Series 5 (12)


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The BBC's polished Saturday-night entertainment will be sorely missed.

Anthony Head's stern king has checked out, so now the groovier, prettier Arthur rules the kingdom with his hunky knights of the round table. Of course, it's the put-upon sorcerer Merlin (Colin Morgan) who's really keeping Camelot operation afloat. There's much to recommend about this mythical hokum – from John Hurt's dragon to Katie McGrath deliciously wicked witch – but it's the droll, sweet love story between Merlin and Arthur that compels in this far murkier final series.