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Q&A Session with Merlin's Bradley James and Colin Morgan for Season 3 coming to SyFy.

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									                          SYFY CONFERENCE CALL - Merlin

                            Colin Morgan and Bradley James
                                   December 14, 2010
                                     12:00 pm CT

Operator:      Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Syfy
               conference call.

               During the presentation all participants will be in a listen-only mode.
               Afterwards we will conduct a question and answer session. At that time if you
               have a question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. As a
               reminder today’s conference will be recorded Tuesday December 14, 2010.

               I would now like to turn the conference over to Erica Rubin. Please go ahead,

Erica Rubin:   Hi everybody. Thank you very much for joining us. We have on the call with
               us today Colin Morgan and Bradley James, stars of Merlin which will be
               returning for its third season on Syfy beginning Friday January 7 at 10

               Thanks very much for joining, everybody. If anyone needs a transcript please
               let us know after the call is over. And those should be ready about 24 hours
               after the call is over.
                 So now I’ll turn it back over to the moderator. And thanks again.

Operator:        Ladies and gentlemen, if you’d like to register a question please press the 1
                 followed by the 4. You’ll hear a three-tone prompt to acknowledge your
                 request. If your question has been answered and you’d like to withdraw your
                 registration please press the 1 followed by the 3.

                 And our first question comes from the line of Troy Rogers with
        Please proceed with your question.

Troy Rogers:     Hi Colin. Hi Bradley.

Bradley James:   Hello.

Colin Morgan:    Hey. How’s it going?

Troy Rogers:     This is for either one of you. I wanted to know how is the return of Morgana
                 going to change the vibe in Season 3.

Bradley James:   That’s all you, Colin.

Colin Morgan:    Go for it, Bradley.

Bradley James:   All right. I’ll answer that. And whenever Morgana turns up in Series 3 there’s
                 been a year- long search for her as decreed by Uther. And we don’t know
                 where she’s been for that year. We don’t know what she’s been up to or what
                 she’s been harvesting.
                 But it becomes very evident very quickly in the first episode that despite
                 appearances she hasn’t changed. She’s just as evil as she was before if not
                 more. And so it’s basically the beginnings within the first episode of where
                 she’s going to go and what she’s going to create and what she’s going to

Troy Rogers:     Okay, excellent. And I notice you’re getting quite a few guest stars in Season
                 3, especially actors from the Harry Potter series. How do you think that part of
                 the resume will help the show?

Colin Morgan:    Bradley?

Bradley James:   Oh hello. How do I think that part of the resume will help the show? Well I
                 always say that the best thing about doing the show is the guests that come on.
                 You find yourself learning from them quite a bit. You find you’re sort of
                 enjoying hanging out with them and whatnot.

                 And the guests we get seem to be very fun people to have around. So for us
                 personally it’s always a lot of fun.

                 We’ve sort of had a great time this year because the people who were brought
                 in were lots of fun. I’m going to use that word a few times I think if I keep

                 But in terms of commercially speaking for the show, Harry Potter’s very
                 popular. I can’t see it being to the detriment of the show that you have people
                 in the show who’ve been in Harry Potter.

                 But I don’t think they’re in it. I don’t think they’ve been cast in Merlin
                 because they’ve been in Harry Potter. I just think the producers have gone out
                and found people who would enhance the show. And that’s how it’s felt on set
                for us as well.

Troy Rogers:    Okay, excellent. One more quick thing for Colin. Hypothetically, if you could
                become a wizard would you and why or why not?

Colin Morgan:   Definitely. I mean who wouldn’t want to be wizard at least for a day. As long
                as you didn’t have the dilemmas and the situations that Merlin and staff was
                thrown into I’d be happy, if you didn’t - if you could actually use them, you
                know, to have a bit of fun and do something good for the world and maybe for
                yourself whereas Merlin’s kind of limited that he has to look after Arthur. But
                it’s all for the good, yeah, definitely.

Troy Rogers:    So okay. Well if you could do something fun would it be like rainbows and
                fireworks and stuff like that or something fun?

Colin Morgan:   Rainbows and...

Troy Rogers:    I don’t know.

Colin Morgan:   I am - I don’t know. What would you create? I guess something that could - I
                mean there’s always a search I guess for people and for happiness. And I
                guess whatever that one thing is that makes people happy, if there was some
                spell that could give people that one thing each, I guess that would be a good
                thing to do.

Troy Rogers:    Excellent. Thanks, guys.

Colin Morgan:   Thank you.
Operator:        Our next question comes from the line of Amy Harrington with Pop Culture
                 Passionistas. Please proceed with your question.

Amy Harrington: Hi guys. Thanks for your time today.

Colin Morgan:    Thank you.

Bradley James:   No worries.

Amy Harrington: We were wondering if you were big fans of the Camelot and Merlin
                 mythology before you signed on to be on the show.

Bradley James:   Well I...

Colin Morgan:    This is Colin. I guess...

Bradley James:   I certainly was very aware of it. I think kind of growing up in Britain you find
                 it’s kind of ingrained into your psyche a little bit without your realizing it.
                 And, they’re very sort of inspiring kind of heroic stories.

                 So I always sort of had an interest in it beforehand, not a sort of specific
                 interest that I followed it sort of religiously or anything but certainly when the
                 opportunity to work on the show came up I’d already had a sort of previous
                 knowledge of what the story was about and what the legends sort of told. And
                 it’s kind of obviously been enhanced by doing the show. And research for the
                 show’s kind of I guess just improved my knowledge of various aspects of the
Amy Harrington: Great. And for people who may not have seen the show before what - can you
                 tell us what separates this version of the story from all the others that have
                 come before?

Colin Morgan:    Go ahead, Bradley.

Bradley James:   Well I would say that we’ve completely butchered the legend and sort of
                 reworked it for sort of Saturday night escapism because anyone who’s kind of
                 quite strictly religious to the legend perhaps will take a bit of time to get used
                 to what we’ve done to it. But we - I think we’ve taken the legend and kind of -
                 I mean the producers like to sort of compare it with the sort of Smallville idea
                 of having Superman before he was Superman.

                 And I mean this is Merlin before he was Merlin and Arthur before he was
                 King Arthur. So it’s kind of the prelude story to the familiar tale that
                 everyone’s aware of.

Amy Harrington: Excellent. Thanks for your time today.

Bradley James:   No worries.

Operator:        Our next question comes from the line of Kenn Gold with MediaBlvd. Please
                 proceed with your question.

Kenn Gold:       All right. Thanks a lot, guys. Thanks for your time today. I appreciate it.

Man:             No problem.
Kenn Gold:       So I - first question I had for you, I just wondered as actors, is there any I
                 guess the word would be frustration or just kind of wishing things would
                 move along a little bit quicker I mean with the Arthur/Gwen story line or
                 Arthur finding out about Merlin’s magic and just the various elements of the

Colin Morgan:    This is Colin speaking. I think as an audience member, being aware of where
                 these characters end up and knowing that they become the legends that they
                 are, that Arthur and Gwen become king and queen, that Merlin becomes being
                 accepted as Arthur’s advisor and a wizard and that magic is out in the open
                 and I think when you know that that’s where they end up I think it can always
                 be possibly a sense of frustration when you want that to happen quickly.

                 In reality things don’t happen that quickly. It takes time for those to happen.

                 And I guess as well that’s from a story point of view. I guess from a
                 producer’s point of view they don’t want to rush things too quickly.

                 But I do believe that things are happening at quite a pace already in terms of
                 character relationships. It’s just I think that we’re - as an audience we’re in the
                 know about their - where they - of where they’re supposed to be.

Bradley James:   We haven’t started on Season 4 yet but I would say had Season 3 not gone in
                 the direction that it went in then yes those frustrations would have been there.
                 But I think Season 3 kind of takes the show on in the direction it needed to go
                 because we sort of had two seasons of, what the first two were about. And I
                 think Season 3, things change.

                 So I think that was needed. And I think the producers kind of answered the
                 call with where they went with the direction of the show.
Kenn Gold:       Okay, great. Thanks. And a follow- up question: I was just wondering - I know
                 the show takes on some of the core myths of Arthur but a bit differently. Was
                 there anything that’s I guess been done on the show that you could talk about
                 that just kind of surprised you the way this version takes it?

Bradley James:   Surprised on the show? I suppose it’s all been a surprise really in the sense
                 that they’ve had to introduce aspects of the legend in a completely different

                 I don’t think there’s ever been a kind of straightforward way of telling the
                 story because it’s not really a way that the story’s been told before. I think
                 that’s one of the aspects of the show that kind of works for people is that
                 they’re not aware of where this story’s going to go even if they are familiar
                 with the legend. I think it constantly is a surprise because there’s no set way of
                 doing it I think.

Kenn Gold:       Okay. And I have kind of a follow- up question here and then I'll let somebody
                 else jump in. Starz is gearing up with Camelot which is going to be I guess
                 maybe a more conventional take. And so at some point there will be two
                 versions of King Arthur on TV at the same time.

                 How do you guys feel about? Or does that have any impact at all?

Bradley James:   I’m quite looking forward to it actually. I’d quite like to see what they do with
                 it because I think it sounds like it’s sort of something that is going to be very
                 different from what we’ve done.
                 The one area of concern is, people have done to death vampires where it could
                 be the case, people do to death Camelot and knights and all that. So I think
                 there needs to be a little bit of caution over that.

                 But I’m quite looking forward to seeing it because it’s, again, another take on
                 a story that certainly in this country, people can relate to. So it’ll be interesting
                 to see what they’ve done with it.

Colin Morgan:    I agree with that as well. I think because you mentioned earlier about people
                 being into Arthurian legend and how is our show different. I guess anybody
                 who’s into Arthurian legends they’ll appreciate that they are legends and they
                 are retold. And that’s a huge part of what the Arthurian legends are that
                 they’ve developed and been retold over the years. And to have two versions of
                 that once again on TV there, possibly at the same time -- I’m not sure -- I
                 think that’s going to be fascinating to see on how each one’s done.

Kenn Gold:       All right, great. Thank you again so much for your time today.

Bradley James:   No worries.

Operator:        Our next question comes from the line of Jamie Ruby of (
                 Please proceed with your question.

Jamie Ruby:      Hi. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us today.

Colin Morgan:    No problem.

Bradley James:   No worries.

Jamie Ruby:      So how did you two come to work on the show?
Bradley James:   All yours, Colin.

Colin Morgan:    Okay. It seems to be the same sort of process it has been for any other acting

                 It’s a case of a script comes through, you audition for it, you get called back. I
                 think there was a series of maybe four or five call-backs and that happened
                 over a period of maybe three or four weeks for the show.

                 And obviously the more you go back the more you want to be a part of it. And
                 we could see that it would be a fantastic adventure to embark on. And to
                 arrive at the point then where you get offered the role was amazing.

                 And that was kind of my journey. I think - was yours more or less the same,

Bradley James:   Yeah. Yes.

Colin Morgan:    Or not?

Jamie Ruby:      Okay. So I know you talked a little bit about how it’ll affect the show - the
                 season. But can you talk about working with the actors from Harry Potter?

Bradley James:   I will. I’m trying to think who, we had Harry. We had Miriam. I don’t think it
                 was too different than working with anyone else really.

                 Again I sort of said that people that were brought in were kind of brought in
                 because they were right for the role and enhanced the show and did so mething
                 great with the characters which can be said for pretty much everyone who
                 hasn’t been in Harry Potter I suppose. You went kind of on set going oh, that
                 person’s been in Harry Potter, wow.

                 So now I’m trying to think who has been in Harry Potter. But from - Harry
                 and Miriam and who else was there?

Colin Morgan:    Well Warwick Davis is quite a highlight for me.

Bradley James:   Warwick, yes Warwick of course.

Colin Morgan:    Not because he was in Harry Potter but because he was Warwick Davis. You
                 know? It’s...

Bradley James:   Yeah, yeah.

Colin Morgan:    ...something as Bradley said. It’s the actors as opposed to their credits that just
                 is very much cast on people who write for the roles the same way we were
                 cast in them. And it does feel great to have those people on the show.

Jamie Ruby:      Okay, great. One last quick question. This one’s for Bradley. What do you
                 think Merlin and Gwen’s part in influencing Arthur to become a great king?

Bradley James:   Well certainly, with Merlin I think traditionally he’s always been a sort of
                 advisor and also a kind of magical helping hand in sort of previous legends. I
                 guess we’ll see.

                 I think there’s a bit of a danger with Gwynevere sort of at the moment. The
                 relationship hasn’t been developed as such to know what role she will play
                 other than she kind of turns up at moments and kind of says you’ll be the king
                 I know you can be.
                 So I’m not really sure what direction that will go. But I think the obvious one
                 would be with Merlin being that sort of advisor and magical he lping hand in
                 times of need.

Jamie Ruby:      Okay, great. Thank you very much, both of you.

Bradley James:   All right.

Colin Morgan:    Thank you.

Operator:        Our next question comes from the line of Tiffany Vogt with Nice Girls TV.
                 Please proceed with your question.

Tiffany Vogt:    Hi Bradley and Colin.

Colin Morgan:    Hello.

Bradley James:   Nice Girls TV?

Tiffany Vogt:    Nice Girls, yes. We are the nice...

Bradley James:   Nice.

Tiffany Vogt:    ...girls who like to watch TV.

Bradley James:   Okay.

Tiffany Vogt:    And you’re two of our heroes because there aren’t enough of you on TV.
Colin Morgan:    Hey good.

Bradley James:   It’s nice to see (unintelligible) nice girls.

Tiffany Vogt:    Nice girls. So if there is one particular skill that you’re going to take away
                 from your experience of working on Merlin what will it be?

Colin Morgan:    Well I mean you learn so many different skills I think on the show. And I
                 think that’s probably what it is. The ability to adapt I think for me is - you’re
                 asked constantly to, green-screen, adventure, horse riding, comedy scenes,
                 dramatic scenes, everything. So I think the ability and the skill to adapt under
                 a tight schedule is one that I’d definitely take away.

Tiffany Vogt:    You’re taking away a lot of skills.

Colin Morgan:    I know. I know.

Bradley James:   He’s greedy.

Tiffany Vogt:    So do you guys have any pet peeves with your characters?

Bradley James:   Have any what?

Tiffany Vogt:    Pet peeves.

Bradley James:   Pet peeves?

Tiffany Vogt:    The one annoying thing that they do that you wish you could change.

Bradley James:   Oh Arthur gets knocked unconscious quite a lot.
Colin Morgan:    And Merlin tries to bring him back from unconsciousness quite a lot.

Bradley James:   But never managing. Why...

Colin Morgan:    I could never manage.

Bradley James:   Yeah. Learn the spell already how to do that. Yeah.

Colin Morgan:    Yeah.

Bradley James:   The unconscious part is played quite a lot.

Tiffany Vogt:    Okay. That could be annoying.

Bradley James:   Yeah.

Tiffany Vogt:    So if there is one word that you would use to describe your character what
                 would it be and why?

Bradley James:   Fabulous. No explanation needed.

Tiffany Vogt:    All right, well I love it. Thank you guys for taking the time.

Colin Morgan:    Thank you.

Bradley James:   No worries.

Operator:        Our next question comes from the line of Tony Tellado with Sci-Fi Talk.
                 Please proceed with your question.
Tony Tellado:    Hi, gentlemen. How are you?

Colin Morgan:    Very well, Tony. How are you?

Bradley James:   Good.

Tony Tellado:    Good, good. Just wanted to ask you two, where do you feel for both of you
                 your relationships are as characters right now?

Bradley James:   Oh, I mean I suppose we’re talking, what, end of Season 2, beginning...

Tony Tellado:    Season 2, yeah.

Bradley James:   ...of Season 3, are we?

Tony Tellado:    Two, yeah.

Bradley James:   Right.

Tony Tellado:    Yeah.

Bradley James:   Okay. Colin, before I put my foot in it, say something.

Colin Morgan:    Well Merlin and Arthur will always be - I mean, there’s always that
                 (unintelligible) issue there of servant and master. And that will always be
                 But these are guys who’ve been friends for three years now. And as anyone
                 who’s spent that much time together you get used to the quirks and those little
                 idiosyncrasies that each person has.

                 And - but it’s unique in the fact that these characters have huge things ahead
                 of them and Arthur knows he’s going to be king. Merlin does too. But he also
                 knows that there’s greater things at stake that he’s the one who’s supposed to
                 see and to make that journey and to be there.

                 So they’re forced into that situation. It’s just lucky that as time has gone by
                 that they’ve just become closer friends.

Tony Tellado:    Great. And is there anything - if - Bradley can tackle this. Can you kind of
                 tease us a little bit for Season 3 what we’re going to see?

Bradley James:   Well I don’t think it’ll - I’ll get into too much trouble for this. But basically I
                 think the thing I was most excited about with the third series is the
                 introduction of certain characters who have a more longstanding place within
                 the legend and the story and within the show for us because there’s one or two
                 knights who turn up. And I was particularly sort of really pleased about that
                 because it’s had a sort of aspect of developing the show as well which is a
                 great thing about Season 3.

Tony Tellado:    Excellent. Thank you, gentlemen. Love the show and I love the - what you’ve
                 done with the characters.

Colin Morgan:    Thank you very much.

Tony Tellado:    Okay. Take care.
Bradley James:   Peace, Tony.

Operator:        Our next question comes from the line of Curt Wagner with RedEye. Please
                 proceed with your question.

Curt Wagner:     Hi guys. This sort of got asked last time but I thought you might expand upon
                 it. I was wondering how the relationship between the two of you -- of Merlin
                 and Arthur -- will evolve this season?

Bradley James:   Yeah, go.

Colin Morgan:    You go ahead.

Bradley James:   Well I’d probably say the same things as you, Col. Actually I’d say one thing
                 different in the sense that you sort of mentioned that there’s that
                 master/servant relationship which will always be there. And I’d probably
                 disagree with that because I think they’ll get to a point where Arthur will no
                 longer see Merlin as a servant, where they will be equals.

                 I don’t think that will happen too soon. But I think that’s kind of where the
                 progression of that relationship goes.

                 I think the show itself kind of - that relationship has to be quite steady in its
                 progression anyway because it can’t make any sort of major jumps because I
                 think it’s sort of quite important to the show. So if you suddenly made too
                 much of an adjustment to it I think the audience would kind of find it a little
                 bit weird.

                 I’d say that there’s that progression to them becoming equals and the sort of
                 high levels of trust in these seemingly endlessly kind of mortal situations they
                 keep finding themselves in. Mortal situations, that didn’t make sense. What’s
                 the word I’m looking for, Col?

Colin Morgan:    Lethal?

Woman:           Lethal.

Bradley James:   Lethal, lethal, lethal situations they find themselves in.

Colin Morgan:    I’m sorry. What was the word?

Bradley James:   Yeah. That becomes a case of them being able to trust each other in those
                 familiar situations...

Curt Wagner:     Right.

Bradley James:   ...and a lot more.

Curt Wagner:     All right. And so we probably won’t even see Merlin telling Arthur, listen,
                 I’ve saved your butt 100 times and stop ordering me around?

Colin Morgan:    That’s what people are eager to see I think. And I think as long as there’s any
                 hint of doubt in Merlin’s mind that Arthur might have a similar attitude
                 towards - that his father does, if there’s any sort of hint of then it’s not the
                 right time.

                 And you’re seeing Arthur change a lot. And - but I think while his father’s
                 still alive -- maybe Bradley wants to talk more about this -- but, you know,
                 while his father’s still around. And there’s an incidence there. And I think
                 that’s in any kid’s or anyone’s relationship with their parents they’re always
                 an influence there and you always want to do them proud.

                 And I think magic being such a big thing for Uther, it would be hard for
                 Arthur to change that. And I certainly think - certainly while Uther's still
                 around it would be very difficult for Merlin to justify coming out in something
                 so huge.

Curt Wagner:     All right, cool. Which one...

Bradley James:   Let’s call the pink elephant in the room here. We need to get rid of Uther.
                 Then we can get on with it. I’ll say it if no one else will.

Curt Wagner:     All right. Well which one of the two of you is bossier on set?

Bradley James:   Definitely Colin. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.

Colin Morgan:    Yeah. Yeah. I’ll have to agree with that in case you boss me around.

Bradley James:   I think like even if I’d never bossed around anyone ever before, ever, I think it
                 would still be me because Colin is quite saintly in his behavior. And I think he
                 could make, you know, Mother Theresa look like a product of the devil. So
                 that’s easily me for that. In fact ask any negative question in terms of who is
                 the - this or that, who does this the most, the answer will be me I would have

Colin Morgan:    I’ll always thank you for that reference to Mother Theresa. Thanks a lot,
Bradley James:    No worries. (Unintelligible), she still looks up to you, Col, for your

Curt Wagner:      All right. Thanks...

Colin Morgan:     I hope so.

Curt Wagner:      ...guys.

Colin Morgan:     Thank you.

Operator:         Our next question comes from the line of Joseph Dilworth with Pop Culture
                  Zoo. Please proceed with your question.

Joseph Dilworth: Hi guys. Thanks for your time today.

Man:              How are you, Joe?

Man:              Thank you.

Joseph Dilworth: My first question is for Bradley. Arthur’s a fairly, you know, intelligent
                  fellow. At this point or going into Season 3 does he sort of maybe start to
                  suspect that not necessarily that Merlin’s doing magic but that there is
                  something maybe more to him than just being a squire?

Bradley James:    It’s very kind of you to say that Arthur is an intelligent fellow. I don’t think he
                  often gets accused of that much largely because he has to turn a blind eye
                  quite a bit when Merlin wants to do a magic trick.
                  I think that’s something that the audience kind of can get a little bit - a little
                  questionable about Arthur’s intelligence I will - so I think again not so much
                  about willing - becoming aware of Merlin’s actual abilities but more his
                  abilities as a person without the magic I think is what Arthur’s becoming
                  aware of.

                  I think Colin touched on it earlier saying that when sort of Arthur gets to the
                  point where he can appreciate Merlin for who he is as opposed to what he is it
                  might be the perfect time for, you know, the unveiling. Who knows? I don’t
                  think we have any idea how they’re going to play this one out. But, he’ll be

Joseph Dilworth: Right.

Bradley James:    ...very, they’ve taken on enough so hopefully they won’t absolutely conquer
                  the way of doing it.

Joseph Dilworth: And for Colin, since Arthur and Merlin are becoming such great friends do
                  you think Merlin feels that he can perhaps get away with more magic or doing
                  things to save Arthur than he might be more willing to do with people who
                  don’t, you know, he’s not friends with?

Colin Morgan:     Well I think the thing is he’s had to do it so many times he’s become an expert
                  on it. So I think he’s had a lot of practice at doing it secretively and in such a
                  nifty kind of way.

                  Obviously his abilities have developed and - quite a lot over the years. And I
                  think he’s got absolute and dedicated reasons as to why he’s protecting Arthur
                  because he’s been instructed right from the beginning that it’s his destiny to
                  see him through to the throne. So he’s completely driven to do it for Arthur.
                  And if there is justifiable reasons for others as there has been and in the past
                  he will absolutely do it because he always strives to see the good and works
                  for that. And Arthur potentially embodies all that could be good about
                  Camelot when he becomes king. So yeah, it’s all about working towards
                  obvious - he’s definitely more dedicated to using his powers for that reaso n.

Joseph Dilworth: Excellent. And one last question for both of you. Series 3 already aired in
                  England. And you guys did interviews, you know, before, during and after.
                  Does this seem strange that you’re doing a whole new round of interviews for
                  the same series all over again?

Bradley James:    I have a feeling we’re going to get a call from Antarctica in a minute asking us
                  about Series 1 because it goes out in different parts of the world at different
                  times. So you’ll be midway filming - through filming Series 3 and, you’ll get
                  a round of questions about Series 1 from somewhere a little bit random. So
                  you kind of have to keep it fresh in your mind what happened all the time
                  because it’s sort of step by stepped its way around the world.

Colin Morgan:     Yeah. I think it’s the same for me as well. I mean you finish a series as we
                  finished Series 3 and you kind of put it in a pocket somewhere. And then as it
                  goes worldwide you’re constantly sort of trying to find which pocket you put
                  it in. It’s interesting to come back and to revisit it and to - it’s good to test
                  yourself, see what you can remember.

Joseph Dilworth: Excellent. Well thank you very much, both of you, for your time today.

Colin Morgan:     Thank you.

Bradley James:    No worries.
Operator:        Our next question comes from the line of Mallory Ellis with
                 Please proceed with your question.

Mallory Ellis:   Hey guys, great to talk to you. I’m a huge fan of the show. I’m really excited
                 about Series 3 coming out.

                 I think some of my questions about the show itself have been asked so I
                 wanted to ask about you two as actors. Just curious what actors, directors,
                 other people in the business, who do you admire or who has influenced your

Colin Morgan:    For me one of my favorites is probably - director-wise is I love (Sal Mendez)
                 and Tim Burton are two of my big favorites. I also really admire the work of
                 actors like Sean Penn is probably my favorite actor at this period because of
                 his dedication and commitment to roles and the ability to sort of morp h and
                 change himself when he needs to.

                 And, you know, it’s about dedication and commitment and sort of a passion. I
                 think anyone who has a passion for what they love to do and pursuing it is
                 inspirational for me.

Bradley James:   That one’s a - that - I always struggle with that one. I always come out with
                 the same answer with sort of - without giving an answer because I can’t - I
                 would not want to sort of - I couldn’t really just say one name because I’m,
                 you know, you can’t see sort of finding inspiratio n by the performances that
                 people give and, you know, what the directors do as opposed to kind of just
                 one director.
                 I mean I - I’ve - I’m constantly learning all the time both with, you know,
                 things I watch that I’ve got nothing to do with and when we’re filming the
                 show. So I’m always sort of finding inspiration by people who do good work.
                 Annoyingly for you I couldn’t give you anyone specific.

Mallory Ellis:   Okay. That’s fine. I understand. Don’t worry. And I also wanted to ask since
                 you’re between filming right now what are your plans. Are you working on
                 other projects or taking any vacations anywhere?

Colin Morgan:    I’ll start. I’ve been traveling about. I did a couple of films last year, one called
                 Parked and one called Island. And then I’m doing the festival circuit. I just got
                 back from the premiere of one of the three new film festivals in Italy last week
                 for a part which went down really well. The promotion wagon has sort of
                 kicked off with those.

                 I’ll be starting a project in London in the new year which it’s not out yet so I
                 don’t think I can say what it is. But yeah, so it’s nice to sort of do other things
                 in between. But it’s also nice to have the break because it takes up so much of
                 the year that you’re kind of ready to sleep for a month whenever it’s finished.

Bradley James:   I’m nowhere near as interesting as that. I’ve just been trying to play as much
                 football as possible because then you get the opportunity while filming so I’ve
                 been just getting on a football pitch and playing lots. Soccer in your country.

Mallory Ellis:   Yes, soccer, football. Got it. And then one last question. Because it is
                 December and we’re coming up on Christmas what are your favorite family
                 Christmas traditions?

Bradley James:   Avoiding my family.
Colin Morgan:     You’re serious. Well every year we always watch two films...


Colin Morgan:     But there were those that are watched every year. And one is Muppet
                  Christmas Carol. And the other is the National Lampoon’s Christmas
                  Vacation. Both are films I always watch every year. That’s the only sort of
                  tradition we have for the traditional Christmas dinner which we always have.

Mallory Ellis:    Okay, great. Thank you both so much. I’m looking forward to the series. It’s
                  going to be great.

Colin Morgan:     Thank you.

Bradley James:    Thanks a lot.

Operator:         Our next question comes from the line of Crystal Taylor with
                  International Magazine. Please proceed with your question.

Crystal Taylor:   Hi there. Thanks, guys, for taking this opportunity with us.

                  Bradley, I wanted to ask you about Lancelot and Arthur because traditionally
                  they’ve been really good friends and they haven’t really done that much with
                  that. So I was wondering is anything coming up along that line or...

Bradley James:    It’s something I’ve picked up on myself. I mean it’s, you know, in the legend
                  Arthur and Lancelot were best friends. It was kind of, you know, the sort of
                  such - why it was such a difficult situation that Lancelot initially to betray him
                  is because they were such good friends.
                  And in some of the kind of darker versions you read Lancelot is actually in
                  love with Arthur. I don’t think Santiago will be taking to follow that storyline
                  down the road.

                  It’s been I suppose a bit difficult to kind of introduce that aspect beca use
                  Lancelot hasn’t been in that many episodes. She’s coming up this year. But
                  he’s obviously only done two previous so it’s a little bit difficult because
                  they’ve pretty much introduced straightaway the dilemma of Lancelot and

                  So I would hope that it does get the opportunity to blossom as a story because
                  it’s quite an integral part to the original legend. But who knows? We shall see.

Crystal Taylor:   Thank you. Can you tell me what you think Arthur - how he sees his
                  relationship with his father?

Bradley James:    Arthur’s grown up with purely his father as I suppose as anyone in sort of a
                  high position in him. And his only parental figure has been his father. So, you
                  know, his father’s such a huge influence on him.

                  But I think as time goes on I - as the show has gone on I think you sort of see
                  Arthur kind of starting to figure things out for himself where he has disagreed
                  with his father. And I think in time it’ll lead to Arthur sort of making the
                  choices as king that he will do that’ll be different to how Uther does it which
                  you would imagine there’ll be a stark contrast in the way that the pair of them
                  rule. So yeah, as time goes on I think it just becomes a lot more questioning
                  from Arthur in how Uther does things.

                  However, I should have started with this as opposed to rattled on about that. I
                  think what Arthur does see is that on one side he has the kind of liberal kind
                  of argument from people like Morgana and Merlin who are saying oh you
                  should do things and blah, blah, blah. And then he’s got this kind of hard-
                  nosed kind of conservative line from his father who’s going, you need to kill
                  people with magic, blah, blah, blah.

                  I think what he does have is the ability to see both sides of the argument. And
                  I think that’s kind of what, perhaps, Morgana doesn’t have. She can’t
                  understand why Uther makes certain decisions. And Uther can’t understand
                  why Morgana feels certain ways about things. And I think Arthur has the
                  ability to be able to see both sides of the argument.

Crystal Taylor:   Thank you. A real quickie for Colin and then I’m done. Do you get to work
                  with John Hurt with the dragon or is the dragon scenes all like CGI or

Colin Morgan:     Not when I’m recording my side of the conversation. I have got to get into the
                  studio with him a couple of times but not as much as I would like to. But I
                  have witnessed the dragon in person.

Bradley James:    You basically help him out when he’s doing his dialogue, right?

Colin Morgan:     Yeah, yeah. He often asks for my advice, you know...

Bradley James:    (Unintelligible). He’s not that experienced as our John. He’s only a newcomer
                  to the business so he needs...

Colin Morgan:     Yeah.

Bradley James:    ...somebody to help him out, sort of, you know, sort him out with the various
                  aspects of his performance.
Crystal Taylor:   Okay. That’s wonderful. He’s a great actor, too, and you guys are really,
                  really great.

Bradley James:    Sorry. Come again.

Colin Morgan:     Thank you very much.

Operator:         Our next question comes from the line of Sylvia Bond of Pink Ray Gun.
                  Please proceed with your question.

Sylvia Bond:      Hi guys. Thank you for your time today. It’s - I really appreciate it in the
                  holiday season. I know things are busy.

Bradley James:    Hello Sylvia.

Sylvia Bond:      And I really enjoy the show. It makes a nice break from reality.

                  I have two or three questions depending on how this goes. You don’t have to
                  give me any spoilers but what seasons from Season 3 have you enjoyed
                  playing and what part did you tap into to make it realistic?

Colin Morgan:     One of the ones that I really enjoyed doing because it was one of my favorites
                  from the Arthurian legend was the legend of the crystal cave. And it was fun
                  to kind of in my head imagine what it was going to look like because there
                  was a lot of CGI involved of seeing visions of the future reflected within
                  crystals and to sort of try and imagine it and then again as often with this show
                  with so much CGI to see the end of result. It’s always good to see the two of
                  them married. So that was one of my favorites purely because of the legend of
                  the crystal cave.
Sylvia Bond:     Oh nice.

Bradley James:   For me it was doing a scene where a certain group of guys sit around a certain
                 piece of furniture and, you know, get together. That was easily best moment
                 for me.

Sylvia Bond:     Oh I can’t imagine what piece of furniture that might be.

Bradley James:   No. Well there’s not many (unintelligible) on - in - back in the...

Colin Morgan:    It’s true.

Bradley James:   (Unintelligible).

Sylvia Bond:     All right here’s the...

Bradley James:   Well there’s...

Sylvia Bond:     ...question.

Bradley James:   Rather. It could be anything.

Sylvia Bond:     Well I know. But there’s a very - certain pieces of furniture. I think I know the
                 one you’re referring to.

Bradley James:   Quite right.
Sylvia Bond:     Here’s a question for Bradley. If Arthur finds out about the magic what do
                 you think his reaction will be? Do you anticipate something or has it been
                 developed or how’s that going to go?

Bradley James:   I actually believe that we’re very close to the point where were Arthur to find
                 out I think previously that we’d perhaps have a problem because Arthur
                 would, you know, bring it up to the powers that be and Uther would become
                 aware. I think we have reached the point or at least we’re not very far away
                 from if we haven’t where Arthur would be able to accept it. Without spoiling
                 too much of Season 3 I think certainly the direction that the show goes I think
                 we’re not far away from it.

Sylvia Bond:     Okay, something to look forward to then.

Bradley James:   Hopefully taking it well shall we say...

Sylvia Bond:     Yes.

Bradley James:   ...with the patients screaming and saying what the hell do you mean.

Sylvia Bond:     Nice. All right, here’s a generic question for you. What are you reading right
                 now, both of you?

Bradley James:   The newspaper occasionally, the TV Guide every now and then when I get the
                 chance and pretty much the end of that.

Sylvia Bond:     How about you, Colin?

Bradley James:   Oh you’d (unintelligible) answer to this.
Colin Morgan:    I’m reading a comic book series called Bone at the minute. Have you ever
                 heard of that?

Sylvia Bond:     No.

Colin Morgan:    It’s one of my friends. It’s like one of his favorite comic book from a kid. And
                 he lent me like ten volumes of it. And so I’m kind of working my way through

                 But it’s called Bone and it’s well worth checking. It’s really good.

Sylvia Bond:     Oh that sounds good. All right, those are my questions. Thank you again for
                 your time and your answers. And I look forward to seeing Season 3.

Bradley James:   No problem. Thanks a lot.

Colin Morgan:    No, thank you.

Operator:        Our next question comes from the line of Brian Jacks with MTV. Please
                 proceed with your question.

Brian Jacks:     Hey guys.

Man:             Hey.

Man:             Hey Brian.

Brian Jacks:     A lot of the great comedic moments of this series come out of your characters’
                 relationship. How did that develop between you? Is it all acting? Does any of
                 it carry over off-camera?
Bradley James:   I think it’s been said that the similar sounds coming from the pair of us when
                 we’re working together is laughter. We do tend to have quite a good time and
                 crack quite a few jokes.

                 And I suppose that sort of then takes itself onto set when we’re performing the
                 roles. And it kind of helps, kind of that fluidity I suppose and that ease when it
                 comes to doing scenes with comedy involved.

                 And it’s a lot of fun to work with Colin. Colin, just cover your ears a minute.
                 You might...

Colin Morgan:    Yeah.

Bradley James:   But it’s a lot of fun to work with Colin because we work together a lot and I
                 could have personally found myself in a situation where because Arthur and
                 Merlin do have so many scenes together you really would have been hoping
                 for somebody who you can act with.

                 And I think, once we sort of get on set and get through the course of filming
                 the series we have a very good time. So I feel very fortunate about that
                 because it could have been a hell of a lot worse.

                 Colin, you can take your hands off your ears now.

Colin Morgan:    Oh sorry. I was...

Bradley James:   How could you hear me say that? That proves you weren’t covering your ears.

Colin Morgan:    Oh no.
Bradley James:   Anyway, sorry. Go ahead. Speak.

Colin Morgan:    Yeah. I agree. I mean it’s great because you can go and have a bit of a laugh
                 before your scenes when there’s humor and co medy involved but equally
                 when it comes to more I guess dramatic ones or ones that are a bit heavier.

                 We also can tone it down and focus on it as well. But it’s good that you’re
                 getting that dynamic as well. We’re both challenged with the work in that
                 way. But as Bradley says because we get on so well it’s never feels like work
                 which is great.

Brian Jacks:     Great. Bradley, after three seasons how good are you at broadsword?

Bradley James:   How good am I at broadsword?

Brian Jacks:     I don’t know if there’s belts or rankings but how good?

Bradley James:   Well I didn’t ask if there’s belts or rankings. I’m really good when someone
                 tells me what they’re going to do and what moves they’re going to do because
                 I can make it look like I didn’t know what they were going to do and then
                 block those moves and kill them.

                 If someone was to attack me without any previous choreography I don’t
                 know. It’d be interesting to see what I would do. But it wouldn’t be interesting
                 to me. It’d be bloody scary. But I would imagine I was better than when I

Brian Jacks:     Colin, can you talk about an episode where they age you up later in Season 3?
Colin Morgan:    When what? Sorry.

Brian Jacks:     I’ve seen images of you aged in...

Colin Morgan:    Oh yeah.

Brian Jacks:     ...later episodes. Can you talk about that at all?

Colin Morgan:    Yeah. I’m not sure I can say under what circumstances I do age. But I can
                 probably tell you more about the kind of - the mechanics of what that involved
                 but - which was about six hours every day and - in prosthetics and getting the
                 prosthetics applied on and the wig fittings and beard fittings. I was aware prior
                 to that going for head cap and getting the mold made and then of course the
                 process that the special effects guys then had to do in terms of a ging.

                 Then my face and contact lens has been made and teeth mold’s been made.
                 It’s just a long, long process.

                 And for what was then a really fun thing to do it was great then to after nearly
                 three years playing Merlin together a chance to play old Merlin in terms of the
                 one that people are familiar with seeing.

Brian Jacks:     Okay. Thank you, guys.

Bradley James:   Thank you.

Colin Morgan:    No worries.
Operator:        Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder to register a question please press the 1
                 followed by the 4. We have a follow-up question from the line of Jamie Ruby
                 with Please proceed with your question.

Jamie Ruby:      Hello again.

Bradley James:   Hello Jamie.

Jamie Ruby:      So you both mentioned -- hi -- you both mentioned that you have a lot of fun
                 on the set together. Can you tell us about some particularly funny thing that
                 happened or maybe pranks that you, you know, do to each other or

Colin Morgan:    Well (unintelligible) of you to come in there probably.

Bradley James:   No. I was doing exactly the same thing purely because I never come up with a
                 good answer to this question.

Colin Morgan:    I mean it’s fun on set but it’s naturally good fun. There’s nothing that people
                 pull or try to do to kind of provoke fun. It just is fun on set. And I think that’s
                 testament to kind of the people and both the regulars and the guests that come
                 on. And...

Jamie Ruby:      Okay. Well how about...

Colin Morgan:    ...I can’t...

Jamie Ruby:      And...

Colin Morgan:    Sorry. Go ahead.
Jamie Ruby:      Any bloopers maybe or...

Bradley James:   Oh yeah. There’s loads of bloopers.

Colin Morgan:    There’s loads of bloopers. They tend to be all of me messing up my lines. And
                 well that’s about it really. Other people sort of laugh every now and then but
                 it’s pretty much I believe real consisting of me not saying the right thing.

                 They’re - which are everywhere this year. They’ve really pushed those this
                 year with the various things and whatnot. These (unintelligible) - it’s on the
                 internet. There we go.

Jamie Ruby:      Okay, great. So how did you both get started in acting?

Colin Morgan:    For me it’s all I’ve wanted to do. I’ve always wanted to do acting. And so I
                 did local plays and productions and local theater groups and anything that
                 involved it and then going and studying it and attending drama school and
                 getting my first lucky break in theater in London and just kind of went from

Jamie Ruby:      Okay.

Bradley James:   For me I think it was a combination of wanting to impress a girl and - on at
                 the school. And then also there was this - I initially got into it when I must
                 have been about six or seven or something and every Wednesday afternoon in
                 my school these kids used to disappear from lessons. And I would be like
                 where the hell are they going; what am I doing here working my butt off in
                 lessons and they get to disappear and go have fun. I found out they were doing
                 sort of drama class. And so I was like I’m doing that if that’s going to get me
                 out of lessons for Wednesday afternoon.

                 So it started out with that. And then I think - yeah, it continued - it sort of got
                 reintroduced to me by a certain female who showed an interest. And I said
                 yeah I’m well interested in that; I’ll do that (unintelligible). And then it took

Jamie Ruby:      Okay, great. And then one last question for Colin. Who do you consider a
                 greater enemy for Merlin: Morgause, Morgana or Uther?

Colin Morgan:    Definitely Morgana. I’m probably a combination of Morgana, Morgause but
                 probably Morgana just purely because of the part she has. Merlin tried to kill
                 her which is the biggest - she’s got this - the biggest dirt on Merlin that
                 anyone does and she’s - she threatens to use that against him.

                 And again she’s in a position of power. And Merlin’s the only one that knows
                 of what her true power is and how she can use that. So yeah, Morgana

Jamie Ruby:      Okay. Thank you very much, both of you.

Bradley James:   No worries.

Colin Morgan:    Thank you.

Operator:        And our next question comes from the line of Julie Haas with CliqueClack.
                 Please proceed with your question.

Woman:           Sorry to interrupt.
Julie Haas:      Hi guys.

Woman:           It’s not - hi Julie. Sorry to interrupt. (Gary)? Hello?

Erica Rubin:     I - (Gary)’s not on the call.

Woman:           Hello?

Erica Rubin:     It’s Erica from Syfy. Hi.

Woman:           Okay. Sorry. Carry on.

Julie Haas:      Hi.

Bradley James:   Hello.

Colin Morgan:    Hello.

Julie Haas:      I talked to you both earlier. But I just had two quick questions. One, Colin,
                 there was this plate at the end of one of the episodes that if fans have ever
                 listened to the commentaries they know you were allergic to everything on the
                 plate. It was tomatoes and cheese and chicken. Was that on purpose or was
                 that a joke?

Colin Morgan:    That wasn’t on purpose. I’m not actually allergic to tomatoes...

Julie Haas:      Well no, you’re a vegetarian. Sorry.
Colin Morgan:    Yeah. Yeah. Somebody asked me that earlier on if I was allergic to tomatoes.
                 It was a complete lie too. I’m not.

                 And I don’t eat chicken. And yeah, I am allergic to dairy products so - but no,
                 that was not intentional that I know of. I could have had the tomato though.

Julie Haas:      Could have, that would have been. And I also...

Bradley James:   Since when...

Julie Haas:      ...had a question...

Bradley James:   ...have you been lactose intolerant?

Colin Morgan:    Since what?

Bradley James:   That was -- this is Bradley from no sense whatsoever. There’s a question for
                 Colin. Since when have you been lactose intolerant.

Colin Morgan:    It’s a bit personal, something like that.

Bradley James:   That’s new for me. I never knew that. Anyway, sorry. Continue on. My

Julie Haas:      No. It’s fine. You guys always do a sort of behind the scenes thing every year.
                 So it was - the first year was the video diaries. And then it was the road trip
                 and the secrets and magic. And this year you guys did a quest. How did that
                 work out? Was there any reasoning...

Bradley James:   How does that work for me?
Julie Haas:      ...behind? Or did they just put you in a room?

Bradley James:   I think they just spring it on us each year what they want us to do. And they
                 just chucked us in the room and run to the back of the studio, threw whatever
                 crap they had lying around in it and went oh we’ll make up some challenge
                 and put it behind the scenes footage.

                 But it’s actually quite fun. I remember sort of dreading that, thinking oh god,
                 what have they cooked up for us here. But then I remember it being quite a lot
                 of fun.

Julie Haas:      Yeah. All right, well thank you very much.

Woman:           Thanks. Bye.

Woman:           Thanks everyone.

Bradley James:   You’re welcome.

Woman:           Hello?

Bradley James:   Hello.

Woman:           Thank you, Bradley, for today.

Bradley James:   No worries.

Woman:           Thanks very much. Have a nice evening.
Woman:           I think...

Bradley James:   Yeah.

Woman:           ...I think you’re done.

Bradley James:   We’re all done.

Woman:           We’re good.

Bradley James:   (Unintelligible).


Woman:           Yeah.

Bradley James:   (Unintelligible), right. Au revoir.

Woman:           Au revoir.

Woman:           Have a lovely Christmas.

Bradley James:   You too.

Operator:        Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude today’s conference call. We thank
                 you for your participation and ask that you please disconnect your lines.


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