Merlin returns!

Hello there lovely Merlin fans!

As I’m sure you’re all aware, Merlin Series 5 kicks off tonight on BBC One at 7:45pm GMT withArthur’s Bane, and I’m happy to announce that this tumblr will be swinging back into action with it. Over the course of the series we will hopefully be providing you with the episode-by-episode guide to all the locations used, as well as sharing some (non spoiler) photos from the final block of filming in Pierrefonds. 

I hope you’ll accept my sincerest apologies for the inactivity of this blog, and I look forward to enjoying the new adventures with you.

Let the countdown begin!

An interview with our very own Julie!

Ever wondered about the creator of Merlin Locations? Well, now you can read an interview with her here at the brand new fandom based webzine called Fandom Wanderers.

Be sure to check them out and let them know what you think!

My apologies

Hello there location hunters!

I must apologise for being somewhat absent lately. I recently finished university and went straight into a full time job which requires me to commute 2 and a half hours each way. I’m currently out of the house for 13 hours Monday to Friday so I’m just getting used to juggling my time.

My aim within the next couple of weeks is to get a queue going with information and pictures relating to locations. In regards to series 5 I will be avoiding posting casting spoilers, some pictures from Pierrefonds filming may appear but I’ll keep them generic. When linking to outside resources I will of course warn you if there is going to be spoilers. I’m avoiding them as much as a lot of you are!

I believe we saw the first trailer today…how exciting! Not long now!

June 2012 filming in Pierrefonds

Hello my lovelies! 

As I’m sure you know, filming for Series 5 is currently taking place out at the Chateau de Pierrefonds. The lovely Julie from Merlin Locations is currently out there and has been uploading photos from the past week up onto flickr.

At a later date I will filter through and add some generic pictures up here to tumblr. You are of course very welcome to post spoiler photos to your blogs, but please link back to the Flickr stream in your content source!

All photos can be found *here* but be warned, here be spoilers!

Edit:  Please be warned the photos on Flickr now contain some totally serious casting (guest and recurring), costume, and prop spoilers

Merlin cast at events 2012 | Celebrity Soccer Six
From the wonderful Julie…
I had a lovely day at West Ham today for the Celebrity Soccer Six Tournament, with two particular friends and many other lovely Merlin fans. I glimpsed a few familiar faces, but alas didn’t have the chance to say hello to more than one.
Unfortunately the team didn’t get further than the semi-finals, and the guys were really gutted about that, but I think a good time was had by all. The team were very generous with their time and attention, coming over to the fans in the stands before and after every game. Heaps of autographs and photos and love shared. I can’t speak highly enough of their generosity.
I took photos, which I’ve now uploaded to Flickr in a set here. If you go through them in order, there’s a bit of a running commentary, which mainly consists of me apologising for taking so many of Rupert stretching his hammies. But you know. What’s a girl to do?
Please note! The photos in this post don’t contain spoilers, but the photos on Flickr include shots of a couple of fifth season actors.

Merlin cast at events 2012 | Celebrity Soccer Six

From the wonderful Julie…

I had a lovely day at West Ham today for the Celebrity Soccer Six Tournament, with two particular friends and many other lovely Merlin fans. I glimpsed a few familiar faces, but alas didn’t have the chance to say hello to more than one.

Unfortunately the team didn’t get further than the semi-finals, and the guys were really gutted about that, but I think a good time was had by all. The team were very generous with their time and attention, coming over to the fans in the stands before and after every game. Heaps of autographs and photos and love shared. I can’t speak highly enough of their generosity.

I took photos, which I’ve now uploaded to Flickr in a set here. If you go through them in order, there’s a bit of a running commentary, which mainly consists of me apologising for taking so many of Rupert stretching his hammies. But you know. What’s a girl to do?

Please note! The photos in this post don’t contain spoilers, but the photos on Flickr include shots of a couple of fifth season actors.

locations | the fifth season

Filming for the fifth season of Merlin began on 12 March. Hurrah! I will use this post to keep track of the locations we hear about during the year. All the following locations we know about due to eye witness accounts or similar sources:

Beware, possible spoilers below the cut!

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It’s been too long.

Wow, we’ve had a sudden influx of followers. Hello there!

Firstly I must apologise for the lack of updates. I’m currently coming to the end of my BA degree so time hasn’t really been on my side for the past month. Still, that’s no excuse to abandon all you lovely people. 

I’m going to put up a couple of posts with some info on S5 filming locations, as well as a Soccer Six post from yesterday. Not strictly a Merlin Location, but we like to support our favourite cast when we can. ;)

Normally these would go on a queue so you don’t get spammed, but it would appear that the queue system isn’t working at the moment, so you have my apologies in advance!

I can’t believe there’s so many of you! This branch of Merlin Locations has been live for almost a year now and I can’t thank you enough for your support ♥
I hope you find this blog useful, and please feel free to send in any questions you have! Between myself and the rest of the Locations team, we’ll probably be able to answer anything you send us :) 
Thank you once again ♥

I can’t believe there’s so many of you! This branch of Merlin Locations has been live for almost a year now and I can’t thank you enough for your support ♥

I hope you find this blog useful, and please feel free to send in any questions you have! Between myself and the rest of the Locations team, we’ll probably be able to answer anything you send us :) 

Thank you once again ♥

Welcome!

Hello to all our new followers! I can’t believe how many of you there are, it’s brilliant ♥

For those of you who have just joined us, you can find our FAQ here, and some filming information just over hereOur submission box is always open, but we’d love it if you read the guidelines first ♥

There’s also the caveat emptor which you might want to take a peek at if you’re planning a visit to any locations.

If you’re looking for the information regarding filming and other events in 2012, you can find it right here, we aim to keep it updated as often as we can.

More information can be found at our main website, and last but by no means least, the ask box is always open! If you have any comments, questions, concerns or just want to chat then feel free to drop me a line! I promise I don’t bite and I will reply to you as soon as I can :)

For supporters of Cosmeston Medieval Village

Jalea Ward has contacted us with the following plea:

‘The local council are making all the staff redundant and leaving the village to “free visits” which sounds fine but means no-one will care for it any more. Please Merlin fans sign the petition to keep it staffed and re-instate events there!

http://www.change.org/petitions/vale-of-glamorgan-council-re-think-their-changes-to-the-way-cosmeston-medieval-village-is-run

thankyou!’

events and filming in 2012

This page lists any public events or conventions at which we know Merlin cast or crew will appear, along with any theatrical appearances.

We’ll keep this information as up-to-date and correct as we can, but of course it’s always worth checking the official sites before making any firm plans. Also, when cast or crew plan to attend events, this is always subject to their work commitments which of course must take priority.

Thanks are forever due to our Research Geek gealach_ros and various Locations Friends for the heads-up.

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Series 5 Filming

I’ve seen a few people asking about this on various other Merlin Fan Tumblrs, so I thought I’d help try to clear matters up a little!

Filming for each series usually starts around March and ends sometime in October. The cast and crew are generally in Pierrefonds three times during this eight month period: April, June, and September.

The studio sets are all closed to the public. We never know ahead of time when and where any filming will occur in Wales or England. We only hear about filming locations after the event. So while there’s a chance of you being lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, it does indeed come down to luck. Or insider information that we’re not privy to!

The one real opportunity to watch the magic happen is at the Chateau de Pierrefonds in France. Filming has generally taken place in Pierrefonds during April, June and September and it only takes place on weekdays. The Chateau remains open during filming, though parts of it will be unavailable. Again, much of this comes down to luck, however. If they are filming an interior scene, then you won’t have access to that room, and you won’t be able to watch. If they are filming in the courtyard, in the carpark (the tournament ground) or in front of the Chateau, then chances are you’ll be able to see what’s going on.

You will of course be asked to respect the fact that our beloved cast and crew are all working hard! Silence is requested while the cameras are rolling (someone will call out to warn you). Our cast are generally friendly and approachable, but please be respectful enough to wait until they can spare you their time and attention. Being able to see them like this is a real privilege, and we’re sure you will treat it accordingly.

In 2010, filming took place at the Chateau from 8 to 21 April, from 3 to 17 June, and from 7 to 17 September.  Both the June and September blocks were shortened compared to previous years because less footage on location was needed, due to the nature of the blocks’ storylines.

Please keep in mind that we only ever receive secondhand information, without any official confirmation. Thanks are due to various friends for the info and heads-up. It used to be worthwhile keeping an eye on the official website of the Chateau de Pierrefonds for more information, but they don’t seem to post the dates any more.

If official dates are posted, then keep in mind that the first and last days involve only the crew setting things up or packing them away. The cast are not there at all. And, in April 2010 at least, the crew started work a whole week earlier than the cast – presumably for the sake of fixing and redressing the town set, and so on.

Merlin Creatives | An interview with Alice Troughton
We’ve just enjoyed The Darkest Hour, Merlin’s fourth series opener. These episodes were directed by the awesome Alice Troughton. Over the past week, while working on the fourth season’s finale episodes, Alice very kindly allowed our Julie to interview her. How exciting is that?
Click the banner or the title to be taken to the interview on the main Merlin Locations website  ♥

Merlin Creatives | An interview with Alice Troughton

We’ve just enjoyed The Darkest Hour, Merlin’s fourth series opener. These episodes were directed by the awesome Alice Troughton. Over the past week, while working on the fourth season’s finale episodes, Alice very kindly allowed our Julie to interview her. How exciting is that?

Click the banner or the title to be taken to the interview on the main Merlin Locations website  ♥