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The year is 1806. Centuries have passed since magicians faded into the nation’s past. But scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains: the reclusive Mr. Norrell, whose displays of magic send a thrill through the country. In London, he raises a beautiful woman from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French. Yet the cautious, fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange. Young, handsome and daring, Strange is the very antithesis of Norrell. So begins a dangerous battle between the two. Their obsessions and secret dabblings with the dark arts will cause more trouble than they can imagine.
|1||HDVideoEpisode 1 - The Friends of English Magic||The reclusive Mr Norrell, who claims to be a magician, is discovered. He offers the government his services but politician Sir Walter Pole refuses to align himself with such disrespectable arts. This is until however, Mr Norrell makes a dangerous pact with a mysterious man to restore Sir Walter's sickly fiancé to life, proving magic to be respectable again.||59:02||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|2||HDVideoEpisode 2 - How Is Lady Pole?||Mr Norrell's magical illusions baffle the French navy and win him the loyalty of Sir Walter Pole. However, the magic he performed to revive Lady Pole released something unnatural into Sir Walter's home. Jonathan Strange's magical ability grows, and he comes to London to take up an apprenticeship with Mr Norrell, but Norrell is reluctant to share his knowledge.||58:54||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|3||HDVideoEpisode 3 - The Education of a Magician||Arabella Strange discovers that the recently resurrected Lady Pole has become dangerously unbalanced and her letters to her husband about this are intercepted by Mr Norrell. The mysterious gentleman enrols Sir Walter's servant Stephen to help him bewitch Arabella. As the war goes on, Jonathan accesses dark and dangerous magic.||59:00||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|4||HDVideoEpisode 4 - All the Mirrors of the World||Returned from war, Jonathan Strange joins Mr Norrell to try to help England's mad king, George III, but is frustrated at Norrell's refusal to discuss the magic and legends of the old times. Strange makes an enemy of the gentleman.||59:02||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|5||HDVideoEpisode 5 - Arabella||Jonathan Strange's remarkable magic helps England win the Battle of Waterloo and he returns to England to write a book, much to Norrell's displeasure who is intent on destroying it.||58:39||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|6||HDVideoEpisode 6 - The Black Tower||Strange discovers the essence of madness that will allow him to perceive the magical lands and summons the Gentleman. He secretly follows the fairy creature into the magical lands. Norrell destroys Strange's book, but his act undermines magic's respectability and the government breaks with him.||58:57||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|7||HDVideoEpisode 7 - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell||Strange and Norrell join forces to defeat the Gentleman, but nothing goes as planned. The prophecy of the Raven King means Jonathan and Arabella may never be reunited.||59:00||£2.49||View in iTunes|
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I read the book years ago when it first came out so was very pleased to find that the BBC had made this wonderful adaptation. The tv series has everything and is at turns thrilling and very sad. Performances are great; Marc Warren and Bertie Carvell especially. I reread the book after watching this and it really helped me to appreciate the book even more. This is the kind of drama that only the BBC can make - enjoy it while you can, before the money men dumb it down even more.
It’s my favourite book of all time. And they did the best possible adaptation of it.
I love the book. I think the book is simply, wonderfully superb. And for the seven hours worth that this series lasts, the adaptors have nailed it. It is it at turns funny, charming, frightening, extraordinary, chilling and downright uncanny and weird in the stranger sections.
There is never going to be another series like it.
And if you like the series, for Pete’s sake read the book. It has these footnotes that are just as sublime as the main story and explain more into matters of the Raven King and the Aureate magicians of the period.