Merlin: Secrets and Magic

Season 1 Episode 4

Casting The Magic

Aired Monday 7:45 PM Oct 09, 2009 on BBC Three
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Casting The Magic
The third episode of Merlin Secrets and Magic focuses on the casting process and on Lady Morgana's past, present and future as she comes to terms with her magical powers as explained by Katie McGrath herself. It also goes behind the scenes to offer exclusive backstage footage, production details and on-set cast and crew interviews from the filming of Merlin's episode 2x03 The Nightmare Begins.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (8)

    • QUOTES (15)

      • Colin Salmon: It's really an honour to come and do some Merlin.

      • Katie McGrath: (About Morgana) She is the ticking time bomb of the show.

      • Colin Morgan: Merlin's decision not to tell Morgana about his powers is huge. He knows Morgana has magic, he knows that she doesn't know about him and Merlin desperately, desperately would love to confide in her. And Merlin feels that she needs a guidance, she needs a hand because Merlin very much sees Morgana as being a friend, being close he wants to look after her and he wants to, he wants to make sure she is gonna be ok.

      • Katie McGrath: When you first meet Morgana in series one she is a spoiled princess. She knows she is the femme fatale, she knows she is the first lady of Camelot and she is quite manipulative of men, she knows what she needs to do in order to get what it is that she wants and she has no shame in doing that. As the season goes on, you start to see her magical powers coming out and with that comes the fear of them because then she can't control them, she doesn't know what they are and magic in Camelot means death and she suspects she is magical.

      • Julian Murphy: The Morgana of our first series was a fairly rebellious but ultimately a very good person. She was troubled, particularly by the sort of dreams and nightmares that she kept having which are an indication of her magical power.

      • Anthony Head: (About the relationship between Uther and Morgana) It's just that classic father who just doesn't get it, and the child is rebelling against the father but the father wants to protect and he just gets it wrong on every level. And of course, she is a sorceress (laughs) which will be a bit of a problem when he finds out.

      • Katie McGrath: If you have any lingering questions left over about Morgana from series one, they are all answered in series two. All the seeds that were sown in the first season suddenly grow into major storylines and character points in season 2. Episode 3 is the first time we really see Morgana having an active power. Before her powers have been sort of confined to seeing the future and dreams and now it's sort of moved out from inside of her outside and she starts still not being able to control it so it's quite a violent manifestation of her powers as opposed to Merlin's which are sort of very calm and very controllable.

      • Katie McGrath: (About Morgana) Merlin slightly sort of tells her the way to go is go seek out the druids. They help people who are magical so she does. I got to do my first CGI, actually. I got attacked by giants scorpions and baby scorpions. Anybody who is afraid of bugs actually shouldn't watch that episode. It's not as exciting as it looks when you are actually doing it. When you see the final body you are like: 'it looks amazing' but it's actually you at the forest with a green cut-out scorpion tale which then they take away and you just have to imagine it.

      • Katie McGrath: Colin Salmon came on set and he had done all this research about druids and he'd done all this stuff about their religion, their language, and their traditions and he was telling us, he was explaining, he is a lovely man. I never thought about that period of the history and that wealth of knowledge and legend and things like that that existed in the druids so it was really, really interesting and it was inspiring in a bizarre kind of way.

      • Katie McGrath: (About Morgana) She learns for the first time what she's always suspected which is that magic is not good or bad, magic can be a force for good and it does not always mean that you are evil and it goes against everything that Uther has told her and it's the beginning of Morgana seeing what she is and what can be and you also get to see the lovely Asa Butterfield who plays Mordred. He comes back and how that relationship is going to shape Morgana as a character.

      • Katie McGrath: (About episode 2x03 The Nightmare Begins) It's a great episode actually, it's really good very sort of quick and very dynamic and it was exhausting but fantastic to film.

      • Johnny Capps: Casting a hard concept show is very, very difficult. You are looking for actors that can act in a fantasy world and make it feel real.

      • Julian Murphy: When you're set out in a fantasy world as an actor you are not playing something you've seen before or that is a real thing. You can stand in front of a green screen and pretend to talk to a 60 foot dragon.

      • Katie McGrath: I remember reading the whole [Arthurian] legend and I remember going to my mum going: 'if I could play anyone in the whole legend I want Morgana, she is the bad girl. Morgana's dark side is something I really look forward to. I'm really, really intrigued to see how far they push it and how much they take out of it because by the end of this season you know she is coming back bad, you know. I want Morgana to be bad, to be evil, to have a pointy hat and a cauldron

      • Bradley James: Hello Merlin fans. We just finished filming in Forest of Dean… no, in Puzzlewood in Gloucestershire and it's Friday so I get to go home for the weekend and I have been dropped off at Abergavenny train station and I am the only one here and this is the only time I have ever been in a train station and that's been the case. See the deserted state. (Pans left and right) The only slightly distressing thing is this could be the setting for some sort of horror film where you know? Something horrible happens so hopefully my train turns up. And yeah, not a great deal to do at Abergavenny train station but very nice all the same.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Narrator: We go down the woods to meet the mysterious druid chief. His name Salmon, Colin Salmon.

        Narrator: But there's nothing imaginary about being rescued by MI5 Chief of staff...

        Bradley James: Merlin fans let me introduce you to Colin Salmon or Robinson of James Bond...

        Colin Salmon plays the character of Charles Robinson in teh James Bond saga movies.