Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell sets engaging performances against an enchanting canvas, even if some of the magic from the source material gets lost along the way.

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Air date: Jul 4, 2015

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Air date: May 17, 2015

Although magic's existence in England has faded, the reclusive Mr. Norrell is discovered in Yorkshire.

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Air date: May 24, 2015

When Jonathan Strange's magical ability grows, he comes to London to take up an apprenticeship with Mr. Norrell.

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Air date: May 31, 2015

As Jonathan Strange fights the Napoleonic armies, he accesses ancient, but troubling magic; Mr. Norrell tries to keep his secrets hidden.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2015

When Norrell refuses to let Strange study disreputable magic, a rift forms between them; the Gentleman plans to enchant Arabella.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2015

Jonathan Strange returns from the battle of Waterloo, but his hopes for a peaceful life with Arabella are destroyed when the Gentleman tricks him into a fiendish magical bargain that wrecks all his hopes of happiness.

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Air date: Jun 21, 2015

Desperate to resurrect his wife, Strange drives himself insane to access dangerous fairy magic, but when the evil Gentleman discovers that Strange now has the power to enter his realm, he unleashes a terrible curse.

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Air date: Jun 28, 2015

With the country in chaos as magic returns, Strange comes back to England to face Mr. Norrell and rescue Arabella from the clutches of the evil Gentleman.

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Cast & Crew

Eddie Marsan
Mr. Norrell

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Bertie Carvel
Jonathan Strange

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Marc Warren
The Gentleman

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Charlotte Riley
Arabella

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Alice Englert
Lady Pole

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Samuel West
Sir Walter Pole

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Enzo Cilenti
Childermass

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Paul Kaye
Vinculus

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Ariyon Bakare
Stephen Black

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Vincent Franklin
Drawlight

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Audience Reviews for Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Season 1

  • Jun 08, 2021
    Very entertaining. A fantastic merging of a period drama and fantasy that was a delight to watch.
  • Feb 15, 2021
    People's tastes differ. But if your taste runs in this direction it's better than Harry Potter.
  • Apr 05, 2020
    great plot and acting; some effects and part of the cinematography lacked quality, yet overall is a good beginning for a tv series. Looking forward to the second season
  • Mar 25, 2020
    I enjoyed this show, story drags at some points but keeps you wondering . Very strange spin on this genre, making it interesting for me.
  • Feb 25, 2020
    Can't even say what I actually liked about it, but I couldn't wait to jump into each new episode
  • Aug 13, 2019
    So very much with there was more to come!
  • Jan 02, 2018
    Superb series. The characters are all likable, even the villain. The complex interpersonal relationships among the characters make the show exciting and unpredictable. I love the concept and the execution. Never read the book, but the show makes me want to pick it up. Highly recommended!
  • Oct 13, 2017
    This was so engrossing, and I loved almost every bit of it (the parts I didn't like were due to something bad happening in the show to a character I liked)! The casting seemed spot on, especially when it came to Norrell, Strange, Childermass, The Gentleman, and Lady Pole. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy, period drama, or anything to do with faerie. I wish there were more...but it is based on a book, and I am not sure if there are more books, but I think I heard that there won't be another season/series. I hope not, but maybe Netflix will pick it up? Or one of the other streaming services? A girl can dream, can't she?
  • Sep 04, 2017
    An excellent series, if you haven't seen it.
  • Sep 22, 2016
    Unfortunately, the producers, writers, and directors of the series have entirely missed Clarke's tone and misinterpreted her characters. The concessions made in this adaptation have flattened the tone of Clarke's work so completely as to render it void of emotional and situational nuance. I, like many others, have wondered often in the past decade what an adaptation of this wonderful might be like. Never did I imagine something so removed from the source material. I might suggest to the creators of this miniseries Simon Prebble's excellent narration of the audiobook, which so well captures the dichotomy between the lightness of Clarke's tone and the seriousness of her themes. Had they only referenced his interpretation sooner, the series might have been saved.

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