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"Atlantis" (TV show) is a thrilling fantasy drama series on BBC America that is set in a time of legendary heroes and mythical creatures. The action-packed series brings to life the vast store of Greek myths and legends re-imagined for a new generation.

The city of Atlantis is a mysterious, ancient place; a world of bull leaping, of snake haired goddesses and of palaces so vast it was said they were built by giants. It's into this strange, compelling realm that the young Jason (Jack Donnelly) arrives and an amazing adventure begins, bringing to life the vast store of Greek myths and legends re-imagined in the series.

A young man trying to unearth his roots and find his missing father, Jason's search unexpectedly leads him to this strange mythical realm — and whether he likes it or not, he isn't leaving anytime soon. He must now familiarize himself with their customs, earn a living, forge alliances and fight-off otherworldly foes. Jason quickly learns that beneath the surface of what appears to be a magical place, is a dark and simmering past filled with secrets and deceit to which he now seems inexplicably bound. And when he becomes embroiled in a perilous game of politics and power, Jason will need all the help he can get.

Befriended by an overweight, overly-confident Hercules (Mark Addy) and the studious young Pythagoras (Robert Emms), Jason embarks on an adventure, which sees him brush shoulders with a sweet girl named Medusa (Jemima Rooper), come face to face with the fearsome Minotaur, do battle with the dead and catch the eye and heart of the beautiful Ariadne (Aiysha Hart), the princess of Atlantis whose family and royal standing restricts who she may love. Accordingly, Jason discovers the treachery of Atlantis' rulers, including Queen Pasiphaë (Sarah Parish), a rumored manipulator of the dark arts who has her own plans for Ariadne. Jason finds guidance and protection with the revered Oracle (Juliet Stevenson), who has never felt the burden of responsibility more than when Jason arrives in Atlantis. He learns from the soothsayer that it's no mistake he happens upon the shores of the famed city — it is fate. In realizing his destiny, Jason and his allies will voyage through a vast store of myths and legends, re-imagined for a new generation.

The cast includes Mark Addy ("Game of Thrones"), Jemima Rooper ("One Man, Two Guvnors," "Hex"), Juliet Stevenson ("The Hour"), Sarah Parish ("Hatfields & McCoys"), Robert Emms ("War Horse"), Aiysha Hart ("About Time") and Jack Donnelly ("Dancing on the Edge").

BBC America's "Atlantis" is created by Howard Overman ("Misfits"), Julian Murphy ("Merlin") and Johnny Capps ("Merlin"). The series is an Urban Myth Films production for BBC Cymru Wales co-produced with BBC America. Executive producers are Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy and Howard Overman for Urban Myth Films. Executive producer for BBC Cymru Wales is Bethan Jones.

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Network: BBC America
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: November 23, 2013
Seasons: 2
Production Companies:
Urban Myth Films
BBC Cymru Wales

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