Merlin: Secrets and Magic

Season 1 Episode 10

Hardwork and Heartbreak

Aired Monday 7:45 PM Nov 22, 2009 on BBC Three



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Johnny Capps: (About Colin Morgan) I think that Colin has a very difficult job on Merlin because everybody is relying upon him and it's difficult for such a young actor to feel such a huge responsibility on his shoulders and in a way he is like Merlin.

    • Julian Murphy: (About Colin Morgan) He is the first guy on set and the last guy on set for actually everyday. I don't envy him his workload. Merlin is the lead in the show in many ways and he is in a huge amount of it.

    • Colin Morgan: (About his workload in Merlin) It's a full on eight months on a series, it's huge.

    • Charles Dance: (About Colin Morgan) Colin works very hard but he doesn't work hard in a kind of mortal like way, he doesn't come staggering into the microvan in the morning: 'Oh God I'm so exhausted'. I suspect by the end of the season he is quite tired but he is young, he is energetic, he should be able to take it (Laughs)

    • Katie McGrath: (About Colin Morgan) At the end of the day I couldn't do what he does. I'm in for more than one day and I start moaning: 'I'm tired, I wanna go home'. I've never seen Colin complain.

    • Johnny Capps: (About Colin Morgan) No matter how tired he is whether he is up a hill on a horse, whether he is in the water, whether he is in a castle having to fight a green screen monster, pretending a monster in front of a green screen, no matter what we throw to him he always gives a 100%.

    • Colin Morgan: I had this sort of idea that if I work like hell and just put as much effort into it as I can then it'll be worth it. Do the best you can and hopefully it'll pay off and I enjoy it, I love been kept busy.

    • Bradley James: (About Colin Morgan) He is full of enthusiasm for everything. Everything is great, everything is nice, everything is fantastic all the time and sometimes I think: 'Right, I could do a bit of a pep up here' and Colin's there sort of just going: 'No, everything is great' and I go: 'Alright yeah, everything is fine'.

    • Colin Morgan: (About the relationship between himself and Bradley James) Our sort of sense of humour has crossed now so we often find ourselves laughing at the same things now so it's good.

    • Bradley James: (About the relationship between Merlin and Arthur) There's quite a lot of banter at each other which I think they kind of get to the understanding that's how their relationship works. But when it comes down to it, they are actually there for each other despite the jokes they are willing to put their neck on a line.

    • Colin Morgan: (About the relationship between Merlin and Arthur) Whenever Merlin is a bit down and Arthur is playing up to the typical prince type role even though it's not quite like that I think possibly he acts a certain way and plays a vibe with it a bit and Merlin builds up a front quite a lot and that ends in a lot of comic situations.

    • Johnny Capps: (About episode 2x09 The Lady of the Lake) We wanted to challenge the character of Merlin we thought well let's see him fall in love, let's see him meet somebody else that has magic that is his age, let's see Merlin for the first time really fall for Freya and Merlin be able to candidly and openly talk about what it's like to have magic.

    • Laura Donnelly: Freya is a Druid who has been cursed by a witch and when night falls she turns into a big black panther with wings and she is cursed to kill people for the rest of her life so it's not something hat she's chosen or that she was born with it's something that's been imposed on her so obviously it's highly disturbing for her.

    • Colin Morgan: I think Freya really connects to Merlin because Merlin misunderstands her. She has a problem, she's got a secret but it's not the one Merlin thinks it is. Merlin thinks it's a magical secret one that he can help her with and decides to show her the good side of magic.

    • Colin Morgan: It's one of the few times when he can properly go: 'This is me, this is what I can do, this is what we can be'.

    • Laura Donnelly: We both have magical abilities and they both have secrets and can't really reveal their true selves to most of the people they are surrounded by.

    • Laura Donnelly: At times when Freya is really upset Merlin is there to comfort her a lot so one thing kind of leads to another and they kiss.

    • Colin Morgan: (About episode 2x09 The Lady of the Lake) To go through what Merlin went through throughout the episode and then for all of it to be snatched away so savagely as it is throws Merlin to a point where he is in obviously devastation and in a bit of a rack and I think it'll take him a while to get over what that's made to him inside.

    • Laura Donnelly: Merlin carries her to the edge of a lake because her home was beside a lake and that's her most treasured memory is of her home days when she was happy with her family so he remembers that and takes her to the side of lake and she dies there in his arms promising that she will repay the favour someday.

    • Colin Morgan: (About the filming of the lake scene in episode 2x09 The Lady of the Lake) When you have a really hugely dramatic scene something that requires a lot of self focus and concentration it helps sometimes to be in a more controlled environment. When you are outside filming at a lake in Wales when you know what water is gonna do it's not always easy.

    • Laura Donnelly: (About the filming of the lake scene in episode 2x09 The Lady of the Lake) It was raining a lot so I just spent the entire day drenched. I felt so sorry for him that day because he did have to just continue that high emotion for so long and while we were shooting his shots the weather was absolutely at its worst so he just constantly had to stop and start and maintain that but he is great so he did it very, very well. He is an absolute professional.

    • Laura Donnelly: If for example you've got a very emotional scene and you are supposed to be very upset things like torrential rain on you, all add to a feeling of doom and gloom and vulnerability and if you are soaked through you are also uncomfortable and you are probably cold and shivering; all of these things can contribute to it.

    • Johnny Capps: (About episode 2x09 The Lady of the Lake) The idea behind this it was that we wanted to begin the story of the Lady in the Lake so we've just lain the seeds. Freya will come back as the Lady in the Lake and help Merlin out so we just can still keep that strong bond between the two of them. It won't just be about Merlin getting the sword back, it will be about Merlin's emotional relationship with Freya and the fact that Merlin looks after friends out of so much kindness; that gives us plenty to go with that character.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Narrator: In a land of fandom and a time of blogging, the destiny of a great drama series rests on the shoulders of a young boy. His name is Colin Morgan.

      Allusion to the voiceover that starts every Merlin episode and goes: 'In a land of myth and a time of magic, the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young boy. His name, Merlin'.