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: Jun 13, 2015

Drama set during the Napoleonic Wars in an England where magic once existed and returns in the form of two men, Jonathan Strange and Gilbert Norrell. In the opener, Mr. Norrell is rediscovered, reigniting magic as he proves its worthiness to a rising politician. Also, Jonathan Strange discovers his own magical powers as he attempts to court Arabella.

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Air date: Jun 20, 2015

Jonathan Strange goes to London after his magical ability grows to take an apprenticeship with Mr. Norrell.

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Air date: Jun 27, 2015

Jonathan Strange comes across troubling, ancient magic as he fights the Napoleonic armies. Elsewhere, Mr. Norrell battles to keep his secrets hidden.

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Air date: Jul 4, 2015

Returned from war, Jonathan Strange joins Mr Norrell to try to cure England's mad king, George III, but is frustrated at Norrell's refusal to discuss the magic and legends of old times. Meanwhile, unbeknown to the magicians, the Gentleman embarks on a scheme to capture Arabella and destroy Jonathan Strange.

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Air date: Jul 11, 2015

Jonathan Strange's remarkable magic helps England win the Battle of Waterloo, after which Strange returns home hoping for a peaceful new life, but the Gentleman's scheme for revenge wrecks all of his and Arabella's plans, leaving Jonathan Strange a ruined man.

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Air date: Jul 18, 2015

Having fled England to Venice, Strange attempts to drive himself insane as a way of gaining access to the fairy magic that he believes can help him resurrect his wife. In so doing, he unleashes a curse that threatens to destroy him utterly.

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Air date: Jul 25, 2015

With England in chaos as magic returns, Strange comes back home to claim Mr Norrell and rescue Arabella. But can his plan possibly work? Or will the dark prophecy of the Raven King finally be fulfilled?

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Season 1 of this drama set during the Napoleonic Wars in an England where magic once existed and returns in the form of two men, Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) and Gilbert Norrell (Eddie Marsan).

Cast & Crew

Bertie Carvel
Jonathan Strange
Alice Englert
Lady Pole
Enzo Cilenti
Childermass
Paul Kaye
Ariyon Bakare
Stephen Black
Eddie Marsan
Mr. Norrell
Marc Warren
The Gentleman
Samuel West
Sir Walter Pole
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Critic Reviews for Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (20)

What remains is the rivalry at its center, prickly and loving, between the two magicians of the title: chipper Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) and dyspeptic Gilbert Norrell (Eddie Marsan).

Jun 12, 2015 | Full Review…
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The problem with the miniseries, written by Peter Harness and directed by Toby Haynes, is its lack of emotional potency, at least in the first two episodes.

Jun 12, 2015 | Full Review…

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is not so much about good versus evil but the the clash of the men's two very different natures -- reason versus romanticism, intellect versus emotion.

Jun 12, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Dear reader, allow me to put your mind at ease. The television version of Jonathan Strange is a remarkable enchantment in its own right.

Jun 11, 2015 | Full Review…

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is a fleet, entertaining transfiguration that keeps Clarke's big ideas while pulling a few tricks from its own sleeve.

Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…

The deeper we get into its labyrinth of conflicted magicians, conniving faeries and period-piece-gone-mad atmosphere, the more you fall prey to its spell.

Nov 6, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is a visual treat, a great original period piece that makes costume dramas seem absurdly stuffy and conservative. One episode down out of seven and already it's put a spell on me.

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…

We recommend persevering to the end of the first episode, because things get interesting -- and surprisingly hilarious -- soon enough.

Oct 24, 2016 | Full Review…

... the mini-series / limited series-seven hour-long episodes, to be specific-appears to be the perfect format and BBC has given it the scope and texture of a film.

Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is an intoxicating potion of period drama, gothic horror, fantasy and mystery.

Jul 4, 2015 | Full Review…

It's still an enjoyable break from the mundane, non-magical life, provided you're willing to open your mind to it. It moves along fairly quickly... and the fact I haven't read the book is certainly not limiting my enjoyment of the miniseries.

Jun 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Carefully crafted and respectful of its source material, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a tale of old British magic.

Jun 15, 2015 | Full Review…

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

  • 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.
  • Sep 21, 2016
    So so so good. I need for BBC to renew this even without a sequel book to go off.
  • Sep 19, 2016
    Reminds me in ways of Shakespeare.

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