Wizards vs Aliens: Friend Or FoeBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The BBC today released pictures from next week's two-part Wizards vs Aliens adventure Friend Or Foe.

Written by Clayton Hickman, the adventure introduces Ruthie Henshall as Stephanie Gaunt. (NB: Although the release of the story information and photos has been sanctioned by the BBC, clicking on the buttons below will reveal an element of the plot that some fans might prefer not to know before seeing the episodes.)

In part one, Lexi adopts human form and transports to Earth, with one aim – to capture Tom Clarke. But both are unaware that a greater enemy is watching – scheming billionaire Stephanie Gaunt is determined to prove the existence of magic, and nothing can stand in her way.

In part two, with Tom and Lexi held prisoner by Gaunt, the wizards and aliens must learn to work together, but is the alliance doomed to fail? As Benny faces the terror of the Brain Scrape, Gaunt's plans begin to escalate – with magic and Nekross technology combined, she can rule the world!

Episode one will air on CBBC on Monday 19th November and the concluding part will be broadcast on Tuesday 20th November, both at 5.15pm.

Merlin: Episodes 7 And 8Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Episode seven of Merlin - entitled A Lesson In Vengeance - is set to air at 8pm on Saturday 17th November on BBC One, and will guest-star John Bradley as Tyr Seward.

Darkness steals into the very heart of Camelot as Morgana and her puppet Queen hatch a sinister plan to murder the King. But when stablehand Tyr Seward becomes caught in the crossfire, he threatens to ruin everything. As the plot thickens and reaches its deadly climax, can a suspicious Merlin unravel the truth before it’s too late?

Four pictures from the episode, written by Jake Michie and directed by Alice Troughton, have been released by the BBC today.

Brief details for episode 8 - currently scheduled to be broadcast at 8pm on Saturday 24th November - have been given by the BBC. The title is yet to be announced but it guest-stars John Shrapnel as Sarrum, Matthew Clancy as Albin, Alfie Stewart as Daegal, and Mitch Benn as Gerrin.
When Merlin agrees to help a young Druid boy, Daegal, he has no choice but to leave Camelot on a dangerous mission. And with the citadel distracted by the visit of the fearsome Sarrum of Amata, it seems that no-one will notice his absence. But as the sky darkens so do Merlin's suspicions - is there more to Daegal than meets the eye? And can a man as ruthless as the Sarrum ever really be trusted? Before long, the young warlock realises he's made a terrible mistake.

Pictures from it are yet to be released.

UPDATE - 15TH NOVEMBER: Episode 8 will be called The Hollow Queen.

Wizards vs Aliens: The Fall Of The NekrossBookmark and Share

Saturday, 10 November 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Episodes 9 and 10 of the CBBC action adventure drama Wizards vs Aliens will collectively form the adventure The Fall of the Nekross.

In part one, Benny launches an attack on the Nekross ship. The schoolboy genius uses all the computers on Earth against the aliens, and the starship Zarantulus is stricken. But soon the plan runs out of control, with terrifying consequences for both wizards and aliens alike.

In part two, time is running out for the Nekross, while on Earth the wizards fall apart. Ursula plans radical action against Benny, while Tom realises that the solution might lie with the ancient and mysterious Stones of Burnt Hill. But if helping Benny means saving his enemy, what choice will Tom make?

Part one of the series' penultimate adventure, written by Gareth Roberts and directed by Joss Agnew, will air on Monday 26th November and part two on Tuesday 27th November, both at 5.15pm.

Pictures from the two episodes will be released by the BBC on Tuesday 20th November.

Wizards Vs Aliens: Rebel MagicBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 6 November 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
A gallery of pictures from Rebel Magic - the third adventure in the CBBC series Wizards vs Aliens - has been released by the BBC today. The story introduces the character Jackson Hawke, played by Andy Rush.

Written by Joseph Lidster, Rebel Magic - episodes 5 and 6 of the action adventure show - will air on Monday 12th November and Tuesday 13th November at 5.15pm both days.

In part one, when Tom meets another wizard called Jackson Hawke he can't resist dabbling in dangerous magic. Benny tries to warn him, to no avail, but all three lads are unaware of the Nekross getting closer and closer – and this time, alien Prince Varg is determined to make it personal.

In part two, Tom and Jackson take the fight to the Nekross, but their forbidden Grim Magic is taking its toll on Tom. Only Benny can help his best friend – but he's been enchanted. Tom's dad Michael and gran Ursula fight to reach Tom in time, but dawn is rising, and the final confrontation is about to begin . . .

Merlin: The Dark TowerBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 6 November 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Pictures from episode six of Merlin - entitled The Dark Tower - have been released by the BBC today:

Previously believed to have been called The Tribe, the episode will air at 8.05pm on Saturday 10th November on BBC One, and will guest-star Kelly Wenham as Queen Mab.

When Gwen is snatched from Camelot without warning, Merlin knows there can be only one person responsible: Morgana. Arthur is determined to rescue his Queen, but it will not be easy, for she is locked in the Dark Tower, a place that haunts the dreams of men. Arthur and his Knights must embark on a quest like no other, battling through a landscape riddled with hidden dangers, perilous obstacles, and magical beings. As they near their goal, Merlin's sense of dread reaches breaking point. What twisted game is Morgana playing? And more importantly, just what is the final test that awaits them in the tower?

The Nekross King And Randal MoonBookmark and Share

Saturday, 3 November 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Images depicting The Nekross King and Randal Moon from Dawn of the Nekross - the first story in the new CBBC series Wizards vs Aliens, which aired on Monday and Tuesday this week - have been released by the BBC.

The Nekross King is voiced by Brian Blessed and operated by puppeteer Tim Rose, and Randal Moon is played by Dan Starkey.

Grazlax Attacks - the second adventure, written by Phil Ford who also wrote Dawn of the Nekross - will air on CBBC on Monday 5th November and Tuesday 6th November at 5.15pm each day. Pictures from the third adventure - Rebel Magic, written by Joseph Lidster and to be broadcast on Monday 12th November and Tuesday 13th November - will be released by the BBC this coming Tuesday.