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'Merlin', 'Ripper Street', 'Rizzoli & Isles': Tube Talk Q&A

By and Daniel Sperling
Like a salmon swimming tirelessly upstream, Tube Talk has been working without respite this week to bring you all the latest televisual scoop. Read on for more teasers, more telly quandaries solved and more of those ever in-demand UK air dates!

I am so sad that Merlin is ending. Will Merlin's magic be revealed in the last episode?
Merlin S05E10 - 'The Kindness of Strangers': Merlin (COLIN MORGAN), Gaius (RICHARD WILSON)

© BBC / Shine



We're sworn to secrecy about what precisely occurs in the two-part Merlin series finale, but we'll just say this - reformed villain Alator (Gary Lewis) knows all about the Merlin / Emrys connection and he returns to the show in this week's episode, 'The Kindness of Strangers'.

Morgana (Katie McGrath) grows dangerously close to discovering Merlin's secret - with just four episodes left, could it be this Saturday night that the truth is finally uncovered? One thing's for sure - at this point, Arthur (Bradley James) has received more warnings about his impending doom than he's had hot dinners - we reckon he could use a little magic right about now!

I read about Channel 4's Labyrinth in last week's Q&A - sounds cool. Can you tell me any more about it?
Merlin S05E10 - 'The Kindness of Strangers': Beroun (BARRY AIRD), Morgana (KATIE McGRATH)

© BBC / Shine



Sure - Labyrinth is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Kate Mosse (no, not that one - note the 'e'). And when we spoke to her about the aforementioned Merlin, Katie McGrath - who plays Oriane - reeled off a few teasers...

"I've got Labyrinth coming out, but Channel 4 hasn't confirmed when it'll air," she explained. "If you're running low on Merlin - it's got me and John Hurt, and it'll just give you a new fresh lease on fantasy..." - Sounds good to us!

When's Murdoch Mysteries back in the UK?
Murdoch Mysteries


Soon! The Canadian drama, which stars Yannick Bisson as a police detective working in 1890s Toronto, has developed something of a cult following on Alibi, so it should come as no surprise that the channel is keen to get season six rushed out for very early on in February.

What's more, we've discovered that Murdoch Mysteries will feature a special British guest star in an upcoming episode, whose identity is being kept under wraps until just before Christmas. Now, won't that be a nice present for all you Murdochers, as we've decided you shall be named (don't fight it).

Ripper Street on BBC One looks great. Can you give any teasers or info about it?
Ripper Street: Captain Jackson (ADAM ROTHENBERG), Edmund Reid (MATTHEW MACFADYEN), Bennet Drake (JEROME FLYNN)

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Doesn't it just? We actually got a preview of the Ripper Street premiere a while back and we were mightily impressed with what we saw. This show won't be for everyone - it's fairly uncompromising and brutal - but we lapped up every thrilling second of this visceral period drama, which features a brutal and uncompromising depiction of London's East End, post-Ripper.

Oh, and as if the likes of Spooks star Matthew MacFadyen and Game of Thrones legend Jerome Flynn heading up the cast isn't awesome enough, Ripper Street also boasts what is possibly the finest guest cast to grace any BBC drama this year...

There's David Dawson (Luther), Joseph Gilgun (Misfits), Emma Rigby (Prisoners' Wives), Paul McGann (Doctor Who) and Flynn's Game of Thrones co-star Iain Glen - Ripper Street debuts on BBC One on Sunday, December 30 at 9pm, so make sure you tune in!

Any news on Rizzoli & Isles returning to Alibi?
Rizzoli & Isles

© TNT

Sasha Alexander

© Rex Features



We're recycling this Q&A query from early November because we have some fancy Rizzoli & Isles extras available to you free of charge. Seriously, put your wallets away.

Our lovely friends at Alibi have revealed to us that the just as lovely Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander will be back as the titular murder mystery solvers from January 10.

This third season will see the duo investigate some of their most complex and troublesome crimes yet, including the apparent suicide of a famous young writer and the brutal stabbing of a former college football player. Lovely.

Do you have any questions for the Tube Talk Q&A? Post them in the box below!

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