Atlantis: A New Dawn, Part 1 - PicturesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
The BBC have released images for A New Dawn: Part One, the first episode of the second series of Atlantis. The episode will premiere on 15 November at 8:30pm on BBC One and on BBC America at 9pm (Eastern Time).

Poster (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Pythagoras (Robert Emms) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Jason (Jack Donnelly) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Hercules (Mark Addy) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Promo (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Medea (Amy Manson) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Medea (Amy Manson) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Sarpedon (Robert Pugh) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Jason (Jack Donnelly) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Jason (Jack Donnelly) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Derian (Ian Drysdale) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Medea (Amy Manson) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Medea (Amy Manson) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Hercules (Mark Addy), Jason (Jack Donnelly), Pythagoras (Robert Emms) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Jason (Jack Donnelly), Hercules (Mark Addy), Pythagoras (Robert Emms) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Sarpedon (Robert Pugh), Jason (Jack Donnelly) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Goran (Peter De Jersey) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Behind the Scenes: Sarah Parish (Pasiphae) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Behind the Scenes: Mark Addy (Hercules), Jack Donnelly (Jason), Robert Emms (Pythagoras) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Behind the Scenes (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Behind the Scenes: Aiysha Hart (Ariadne) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)
Pythagoras (Robert Emms), Jason (Jack Donnelly), Hercules (Mark Addy) (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Poster (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films) Promo (Credit: BBC/Urban Myth Films)




Atlantis Series 2 Launch TrailerBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
The BBC has released the trailer for Series 2 of Atlantis. The first episode in the new series will premiere in the UK on Saturday 15th November 2014 on BBC One.




A year has passed and much has changed. With her father dead Ariadne is named Queen, and finds herself at war with her old adversary, Pasiphae.

As the kingdom stands on the brink of collapse, the struggle for power is both bloody and brutal. With the future looking bleak, there is only one person Ariadne dare turn to for help: Jason. The time has come for the young warrior to fulfill his destiny - the battle for Atlantis has begun.





Atlantis series 2 filming startsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 3 April 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
Filming for the second series of fantasy drama Atlantis has started in Chepstow, the BBC announced today.

Jack Donnelly returns as Jason, with Mark Addy back as Hercules and Robert Emms reprising the role of Pythagoras.

The series launched on BBC One last autumn with an opening episode that pulled in a Live +7 audience of 8.4 million viewers, making it the biggest new Saturday-night drama series launch across all channels since Robin Hood in 2006.

The finale of the first series saw Paisphae, played by Sarah Parish, revealed to be Jason's mother. Parish, who also features in series two, is currently filming scenes that involve a dramatic shift of power in the kingdom, said the BBC in a press statement that added:
Pasiphae's desire to reign has not abated and rivalry with stepdaughter Ariadne takes her to new depths. Jason's personal involvement with Ariadne is surely a complication for Pasiphae, but will the knowledge that Jason is her flesh and blood weaken her resolve?
Also returning to the drama are Aiysha Hart as Ariadne and Juliet Stevenson as The Oracle, as well as new additions Vincent Regan as Dion and Amy Manson as Medea. Guest appearances are to be made by Robert Pugh (Game Of Thrones, The White Queen) and Peter de Jersey (Broadchurch, Holby City) in episode one.

In the press statement, co-creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy said:
It's wonderful to have everyone back in the studio together as we prepare to take Atlantis to new places in series two. We have some exciting new additions joining our exceptional cast and some surprises up our sleeve that we can't wait to unleash on the Atlantis audience later this year.
BBC executive producer Bethan Jones added:
It was a delight to see so many of the BBC One audience take Atlantis to its heart and we are thrilled to be returning with more adventures this year. The vision is as ambitious as ever and, building on the amazing sets in the Chepstow studios, the series will continue to deliver a visual treat for viewers, along with a deeper insight to the characters that drive the drama.
Atlantis was recommissioned by BBC One controller Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson, the controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. It is made by Urban Myth Films for BBC One through BBC Cymru Wales and co-produced by BBC America.

The programme is written by Howard Overman and executive-produced for Urban Myth Films by Capps and Murphy.




Atlantis recommissioned for second seriesBookmark and Share

Saturday, 26 October 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The BBC's new fantasy drama Atlantis has been recommissioned for a second series, it was announced today - after just four episodes of the first run.

Created by Howard Overman, Johnny Capps, and Julian Murphy - part of the team behind Merlin, whose gap it is filling - the first episode, which aired on BBC One on Saturday 28th September, drew an audience of 8.4 million viewers (including catch-up over seven days), making it the biggest new Saturday-night drama series launch in the UK since Robin Hood in 2006, and also up on the launch of Merlin in 2008. Across the first three episodes, the show - made by Urban Myth Films - has averaged a consolidated audience of 6.7 million, and is averaging 7.4 million viewers in Live+7.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore said:
Atlantis delivers original British drama with the kind of scale and ambition that we've come to expect from the cinema. It feels very much at home on Saturday nights on BBC One. It's been wonderful to watch Howard and the team create a whole new world, brilliantly inspired by Greek mythology, which is proving a hit with all the family, and a second series is richly deserved.
Ben Stephenson, the controller of BBC Commissioning, commented:
Atlantis has quickly made its mark and established itself as the new weekly fantasy drama fix for all the family on BBC One. The show is packed with creative ambition which is a credit to the team involved, and a second series will ensure the show builds and grows with the audience.
In a joint statement, Capps, Murphy, and Overman said:
We are all thrilled at Urban Myth Films that Atlantis has been recommissioned and look forward to continuing the legend next year.
The 13-part series follows the adventures of Jason (Jack Donnelly), Hercules (Mark Addy), and Pythagoras (Robert Emms), who battle against some of the most famous names of Greek legend, often in unexpected guises. The show also stars Jemima Rooper (Medusa), Aiysha Hart (Ariadne), Sarah Parish (Pasiphae), and Juliet Stevenson (The Oracle). All of these characters will return in series two. The number of episodes of the second series is yet to be confirmed, though.

Previously unannounced guests still to come include Robert Lindsay and John Hannah, who have forthcoming roles in the current series, which continues on BBC One until late December.

Tonight's episode - White Lies - airs at 8.15pm.




Atlantis: Preview TrailerBookmark and Share

Saturday, 28 September 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
With the BBC's new fantasy drama Atlantis starting tonight, here's a preview trailer to whet your appetite - and you could be in for a surprise from the word go as the lead character Jason, played by Jack Donnelly, starts the search for his father that triggers his epic adventures!

The Earth Bull - the first episode of the 13-part drama - will air at 8.25pm on BBC One. Episode two is entitled A Girl By Any Other Name and is currently scheduled to be shown at the same time on Saturday 5th October.




Atlantis Cast Pictures And UK Start DateBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Cast pictures from BBC One's forthcoming fantasy drama Atlantis have been released.

The 13-episode show - seen as a replacement for Merlin, which ended last December after five series - will start in the UK on Saturday 28th September, according to the BBC Media Centre, although the broadcast time is yet to be confirmed.

The images show Jack Donnelly as Jason, who has been searching for his father for 20 years and finds himself washed up on the shores of the ancient land, Robert Emms as Pythagoras and Mark Addy as Hercules - the two friends he makes there, Alexander Siddig as Atlantis's King Minos, Sarah Parish as the king's wife Pasiphaƫ, Aiysha Hart as Ariadne, his heir, Joe Dixon as Ramos, the king's battle-hardened general, Juliet Stevenson as the Oracle, Ken Bones as Melas, a high priest in the Temple of Poseidon and trusted ally of the Oracle, and Jemima Rooper as Medusa.


As previously reported, BBC America will begin showing the series on Saturday 23rd November.

UPDATE - THURSDAY 19th SEPTEMBER: The first episode - entitled The Earth Bull - will be broadcast in the UK at 8.25pm on Saturday 28th September. The show has also been bought by Canal Plus in France and Space in Canada, ahead of its launch at the global entertainment content market Mipcom in Cannes next month. Space has announced that it will be premiering it on Saturday 12th October at 8pm ET with two back-to-back episodes.







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