There’s Silke, a student from Germany, and Aurore, who is a clerk for the French government, both of whom will be sitting under their tree for an entire week.
Described by co-creator Julian Murphy as “Merlin and Arthur before they were famous,” the teatime saga Merlin is currently filming its fourth series, which will be broadcast next month in an incredible 180 countries.Co-creator and storyteller-in-chief Murphy heads up the drama department at Shine, the production company responsible for Merlin. It’s the balance between humour and action and fun and a bit of darkness and scariness. Not only does this den-on-wheels give the actor somewhere to relocate himself inside the story, it also generally guarantees him some much-prized privacy.It’s him, along with his co-heads Julian Jones and Johnny Capps, who came up with the idea, pitched it to the BBC and wrestled up sufficient funding (Murphy says the Beeb’s cheque doesn’t cover the budget of the show which “costs a lot to make – more than something like Spooks”). Something that’s funny on the page, once you put people in costume, surrounded by tents, you cross a Monty Python line very, very quickly.” He pales slightly at the thought of it. Outside a moment ago, two middle-aged French women with lit cigarettes, oversized sunglasses and high-heeled leather boots (one had a shiny black pair, the other hot pink) wandered onto the set and asked a crew member for Bradley’s phone number.Merlin’s presence has not been required on set today, and Colin Morgan is here in jeans and a T-shirt that boasts an allegiance to none-more-cool US indie band the Postal Service. Europe has been a place of battles and political intrigue for centuries.“It’s funny, I suppose,” he says of these unusually insistent fans. But sometimes, when you’re in a one-on-one situation, you sort of get cornered.” What do they want? As we approach a vote on the UK's membership of the European Union, we look at what 50 writers, actors, historians, artists and comedians have said about Europe and its nations.