Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (TV series)
|Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell|
|Based on||Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell|
|Written by||Peter Harness|
|Directed by||Toby Haynes|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Running time||60 minutes|
Set in England during the Industrial Revolution at the beginning of the 19th century, the series presents an alternate history where magic is real. Living in the rural north, Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) of Hurtfew Abbey is able to make the statues of York Cathedral talk and move. His manservant John Childermass (Enzo Cilenti) persuades him to travel to London to help in the war against France. While there, Mr Norrell encounters a leading member of the government and makes magic respectable in the realm when he conjures a fairy to bring the minister's fiancée (Alice Englert) back to life.
Meanwhile, also in London, Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) meets Vinculus (Paul Kaye), a magician on Threadneedle Street, while attempting to propose to his love Arabella (Charlotte Riley). Strange is told by Vinculus that he is destined to be a great magician and begins to study magic.
- Eddie Marsan as Mr Norrell
- Bertie Carvel as Jonathan Strange
- Alice Englert as Lady Pole
- Marc Warren as the gentleman with the thistle-down hair
- Samuel West as Sir Walter Pole
- Charlotte Riley as Arabella
- Enzo Cilenti as Childermass
- Paul Kaye as Vinculus
- Ariyon Bakare as Stephen Black
On 30 November 2012, BBC One, announced that the series had been commissioned for BBC One by Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama commissioning. The series is directed by Toby Haynes and produced by Nick Hirschkorn. Co-production credits are shared by Cuba Pictures and BBC America, Feel Films, Far Moor, Screen Yorkshire and Bell Media's Space.
On 23 October 2013, a read-through of the script took place. Filming began on 28 October 2013 in Yorkshire, Canada and Croatia. The executive producers for the series are Nick Marston, Tally Garner, Dixie Linder, Justin Thomson-Glover, Patrick Irwin and Matthew Read. The set was visited by Susanna Clarke in November 2013.
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