Bradley James can be seen discussing the scene where he slaps Merlin with the episode director Alice Troughton. He wonders if the slap could be spared, but the director decides to let it stay.
This episode features mostly footage from Merlin's episode 2x10 Sweet Dreams, but also from the special episode The Real Merlin and Arthur. For the first time, no footage from other episodes frome series one or two is shown.
David Schofield: I play a character called King Alined and together with a few other kings we are getting together to try and sign a peace treaty between ourselves. I have a very underhand motivation because I want it to be war, not peace at all so together with my trusted jester Trickler who is also a magician we try to make things a little difficult for everybody.
Kevin Eldon: (Jokingly) I am playing the romantic lead in this particular episode. I come into the castle just like this and obviously all the beautiful women fall for me.
Kevin Eldon: I'm playing an assistant jester to one of the visiting kings. The scene I'm filming today it's not long since I and my master have turned up here at this lovely castle and there's just a little bit of a down time and there's a bit of a banquet and I have a bit of a cabaret floor show that I have to do with some magic tricks to keep everybody laughing and grinning.
David Schofield: Kevin [Eldon] is a tremendous guy to work with, he is very, every inventive and I'm glad to say that he makes me laugh a lot which is great when we are off set; on set it's a little more difficult because I'm not really meant to be funny on the set so I have to keep control of myself.
Kevin Eldon: Through the magic of magic they'll actually be producing images that are actually not present in the real physical world that I'm inhabiting now. In the magical world of television where everything is true there'll be all kinds of fire and butterflies happening, probably in that order. But if they are mixed together... oh disaster, the insect people would go mad.
Johnny Capps: It was time to just shake it up a bit and let's have some fun in Camelot. And we wanted to do some sort of a romantic comedy, we looked at a lot of Shakespeare's plays and this is kind of A Midsummer's Dream with the love potion, with people confusing, thinking somebody else is somebody else so all of those great kind of romantic comedy plot devices. We thought: 'We'll, let's get some of those' and have some fun with it and see Arthur enchanted and falling in love with completely the wrong person.
Johnny Capps: The great thing about Bradley [James] is that he has a great comedy timing, he is a real comedy genius even though I shouldn't say that cause I'll get beheaded.
Georgia Moffett: I play lady Vivian who is a bit of a spoiled brat and she turns up and she's so disinterested in everything, especially Arthur, and then she gets under a spell by Trickler and she falls madly in love with Arthur while still being a spoiled brat but becomes very exciteful and joyous about life.
Georgia Moffett: (About lady Vivian) I've got quite a scary dad, quite overprotective, I imagine probably hasn't let her around much and given her the things she wants and as a result that's why she's spoiled.
Mark Lewis Jones: King Olaf is a very good king but he is very protective of his daughter. We learn in this episode that he lost his wife and so Vivian, his daughter, lost her mother and so Olaf has become very overprotective of his daughter Vivian.
Mark Lewis Jones: In this episode he [King Olaf] gets to do a lot of fighting with Arthur. We have to do quarter staff fighting, and we have to do sword fighting and mace and so a lot of it was done with our friends the stunt boys but Bradley [James] and I did quite a lot as well, it was great fun.
Bradley James: Probably the best thing about playing Arthur is being able to do the physical scenes cause there's quite a few of them and they often involve either riding a horse or swinging a sword around or doing something else.
(About the episode 2x10 Sweet Dreams' scene where Arthur slaps Merlin)
Bradley James: I was wondering if we do something other than a slap. And I mean… (Grabs one of the crew people by jacket)
Alice Troughton: What would you…? Oh I love the slap.
Bradley James: Alright (Turns around and leaves while everyone else laughs).
Johnny Capps: (About Arthur and Gwen's romance) In series two we've absolutely deployed the story of these two people that care for each other deeply but everything else is against them in a kind of sort of Romeo and Juliet way I guess. The challenge for us and what we are working at at the moment is how we create a 'will they won't they' and keep the audience wanting them to get together and wanting them to get married and I think that's a really exciting prospect that we are dealing with at the moment.
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Johnny Capps: (About Arthur and Gwen's romance) In series two we've absolutely deployed the story of these two people that care for each other deeply but everything else is against them in a kind of sort of Romeo and Juliet way I guess.
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare.
Johnny Capps: We wanted to do some sort of a romantic comedy, we looked at a lot of Shakespeare's plays and this is kind of A Midsummer's Dream.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare.