Canal Plus waves wand for 'Merlin'

BBC One series will begin airing in 2009

PARIS -- French pay TV group Canal Plus has added the magic touch to its programming lineup with BBC One series "Merlin" set to air on the group's networks in early 2009, Studiocanal said Thursday.

Studiocanal has snagged TV and VOD rights for the 13-episode fantasy drama based on the Arthurian legends of the mythical wizard. The move is part of Studiocanal's new acquisitions policy to gain broadcast rights in TV, video and VOD formats for international series.