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



Critic Consensus: 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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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).


Bertie Carvel
as Jonathan Strange
Eddie Marsan
as Mr. Norrell
Paul Kaye
as Vinculus
Marc Warren
as The Gentleman
Enzo Cilenti
as Childermass
Samuel West
as Sir Walter Pole
Alice Englert
as Lady Pole
Ariyon Bakare
as Stephen Black
John Heffernan
as Lascelles
Edward Hogg
as Mr. Segnudus
Brian Pettifer
as Mr. Honeyfoot
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Critic Reviews for Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Season 1

All Critics (36)

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).

June 12, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

June 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.

June 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.

June 11, 2015 | 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.

June 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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

October 24, 2016 | Full Review…

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

Pretty flawless adaptation of Susannah's novel, which impressed me with its style more than it won my devotion. Marsan and Carvell excellent as the dour, repressed Norrell and the passionate Stange. Comes across like one of Trollope's social novels with magic mixed in. Outstanding supporting cast, superb effects, exciting action and a haunting atmosphere, this is definitely a post 'Wolf-Hall' BBC production.


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