Tonight the BBC announced their replacement for Merlin – which is to say, a Saturday evening show that can run in the off-season between stints of Doctor Who. This isn’t meant derisively, it’s just that Who isn’t going anywhere any time soon, and it will always leave a gap in the schedule that needs filling, and for a while now, the fillings have come and gone.
Atlantis will be part filmed in Wales, like Who, but also in Morocco, which is where some folk actually believe the real Atlantis may have been. At least I think that’s their theory – I tend to tune out when they start up about “the real Atlantis.”
The new show has been created by Howard Overman who has had his biggest success with Rich’s beloved Misfits, less success with the Dirk Gently TV series and something grey and sticky that may once have been in the same room as actual success with the cop comedy, Vexed. I blame the title.
There are few more details on Atlantis as yet, other than a promise of a lead character called Jason and a thirteen episode run in the same slots that would have gone to Merlin this autumn.