Merlin to be axed – Daily TV round-up

Show will conclude at Christmas after four years on BBC1

BBC fantasy drama 'Merlin' is to be axed after a two-part finale at Christmas, it's been confirmed.

Merlin... axed after four years (Copyright: BBC)

The show, which launched four years ago on BBC1, will reportedly come to a 'natural and dramatic' end.

Colin Morgan, who plays the young wizard in the show, said: “I think the show has run its natural course. It 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.”

[Related story: Simon Cowell to axe 'The X Factor'?]

'One Foot In The Grave' actor Richard Wilson, who plays Gaius in the series, added: “I’m extremely sad Merlin has come to an end.

“Speaking as Gaius, I feel I have mentored the young wizard as far as I can. He is much smarter and greater than me now and I am simply exhausted.”

The show peaked with 7.6 million viewers in its Saturday evening slot, and featured the likes of Adrian Lester, Mackenzie Crook, Warwick Davies, Miriam Margolyes and John Hurt amongst its cast.

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

Also in today's press

Simon Cowell is reportedly fearful that a win from singer Christopher Maloney will ruin 'The X Factor's credibility. The show boss took to Twitter on Saturday to try and persuade voters to choose 'who you believe could be a star', and endorsed fellow contestant James Arthur. [The Sun]

Meanwhile, Nicole Scherzinger is said to be the 'most likely' judge to return to the panel for the 2013 series. Both Cowell and the show's producers are big fans of the former Pussycat Doll's input to the show this year. [Metro]

Roger Moore's turn as guest host on 'Have I Got News For You' has split fans of the show, many taking to Twitter to voice their opinions. “Roger Moore was a terrible bond but that pales into insignificance compared to the pain of watching him host #hignfy,” said @claudiaforqueen. But @Leanne_Cee added: “Twitter doesn't seem to be enjoying Roger Moore. I think he's totally hilarious :).” [Metro]