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BBC announces ‘Jonathan Strange’ release date plus new exclusive clip

Meet Mr. Norrell in this new clip from the BBC.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Posted on May 6, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 9:50 pm CDT

The BBC’s adaptation of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell finally has a premiere date: May 17 on BBC One and June 13 on BBC America.

The historical fantasy miniseries follows its two protagonists as they bring magic back to 19th-century England. In this new clip, we meet the curmudgeonly Mr. Norrell for the first time. He is the first practicing magician in centuries, but his visitors are shocked to discover that he’s more interested in his book collection than showing his powers to the outside world.

This scene is a relatively subdued example from a show that will later introduce murderous fairy royals, undead brides, and the Napoleonic war.

We love seeing Childermass, the man who greets Segundus and Honeyfoot at the door. As Mr. Norrell’s servant he’s meant to remain in the background, but this scene indicates he’ll be taking more of a Greek chorus role in the story, smirking wryly from somewhere in the shadows behind the oblivious Mr Norrell.

Screengrab via BBC/YouTube

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*First Published: May 6, 2015, 2:10 pm CDT