By now you will probably have heard the sad news that Merlin is coming to an end with the conclusion of this current season.
To be fair, it was always originally said to have been a five-season show and it was just in the last year or so - as the show really found it legs - that there was behind-the-scenes talk of possibly extending it to a sixth season... or more.
It's just a pity that the BBC waited until four weeks before the finale to announce that the show was being "axed".
It's also a great shame that this well-written, well-acted show gets cut from Saturday evenings while the BBC is still throwing money at Doctor Who which, on the strength of the most recent episodes, has long out-stayed its welcome.
Perhaps if more effort had been putting into marketing and merchandising Merlin - as has been done with Doctor Who - it could have lived a bit longer... as the only reason I can see for keeping Who on the air is the revenue it brings in to the BBC's coffers through licencing etc. It certainly isn't because it's, you know, "good".