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Shirtless Merlin knights Tom Hopper, Eoin Macken & Rupert Young Cover Gay Times Magazine

The fourth series of Merlin is currently wrapping up shooting and will debut on BBC One in the very near future. Newly-promoted series regulars Rupert Young (Sir Leon), Eoin Macken (Sir Gwaine) and Tom Hopper (Sir Percival) recently took a break from their action-packed filming schedule to pose for a Gay Times photoshoot.

Here’s an excerpt of the article:

The medieval fantasy adventure that?s been bewitching us since 2008 is one of Britain?s biggest telly exports. It?s seen in 183 countries ? out of 196 that buy television programmes. That?s bigger than Doctor Who (apparently the only show that outsells Merlin is Midsomer Murders. Go figure.)

Also, it?s ridiculously homoerotic. In fact, we?d go so far as to guess that the writers play up to it. The fans certainly lap it up ? their response at a recent press event was utter joy whenever there was a hint of a more than platonic relationship between Prince Arthur (Bradley James) and his young wizard servant Merlin (Colin Morgan).

Now, we?ve gone all over the place chasing the boys (and sometimes the girls, that Morgana is a right camp one) from Merlin. We?ve been to launches in London, wielded weapons in Wales and frolicked in France over the years (the actual castle from Merlin ? which we took great pleasure in mincing around ? is the Chateau de Pierrefonds in France) but today we?re underground in a ye olde fashioned medieval banquet hall.

Read the full article via GAY TIMES MAGAZINE

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Watch a video of the photoshoot.