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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

BBC One 2015

Set at the beginning of the 19th-century, England no longer believes in practical magic. The reclusive Mr Norrell of Hurtfew Abbey stuns the city of York when he causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. With a little persuasion and help from his man of business Childermass, he goes to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon. It is there Norrell summons a fairy to bring Lady Pole back from the dead, opening a whole can of worms…

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The 10 Best Episodes of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - S1E7

#1 - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell


Season 1 - Episode 7

England is plunged into chaos as ancient magical forces are unleashed. Norrell flees to the safety of his library, but is pursued by Strange who intends to free Arabella before the Gentleman's curse consumes him. Childermass tries to find a way to save Lady Pole, as Stephen is drawn deeper into the sinister world of the Fairy kingdom.

The episode was rated from 425 votes.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - S1E6

#2 - The Black Tower


Season 1 - Episode 6

Strange is determined to learn the secrets of fairy magic so he can restore Arabella. Believing madness is the key to accessing the fairy world, he seeks a way to drive himself insane. However, the Gentleman does not take kindly to the intrusion into his realm, and unleashes a terrible curse to stop him. Norrell's determination to maintain control of all magic in England costs him dearly when the government turns against him, and Vinculus offers Stephen a means to escape from the Gentleman's clutches.

The episode was rated from 430 votes.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - S1E5

#3 - Arabella


Season 1 - Episode 5

Strange returns home a hero after helping to win the Battle of Waterloo, and resolves to write a book on ancient magic - to Norrell's horror. Strange's hopes for the future are shattered by a tragedy in his life, and following a confrontation with Norrell, he flees the country, determined to learn the truth about the fairy world - even if doing so costs him his sanity.

The episode was rated from 431 votes.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - S1E4

#4 - All the Mirrors of the World


Season 1 - Episode 4

Norrell's refusal to let Strange study ancient magic causes a split between them.

The episode was rated from 459 votes.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - S1E3

#5 - The Education of a Magician


Season 1 - Episode 3

Jonathan Strange travels to Spain. Mr Norrell is attempting to keep his secrets hidden in London.

The episode was rated from 488 votes.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - S1E2
#6 - How Is Lady Pole?
Season 1 - Episode 2

Mr Norrell's magical illusions manage to baffle the French Navy and secure him the loyalty of Sir Walter Pole. Some magic he has used to revive Lady Pole has released something unnatural into Sir Walter's home. Jonathan Strange's magical ability increases and he travels to London take up an apprenticeship with Mr Norrell.

The episode was rated from 526 votes.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - S1E1
#7 - The Friends of English Magic
Season 1 - Episode 1

Mr Norrell travels to London from Yorkshire to offer the government his services as a magician. Sir Walter Pole though refuses to align himself with such a disrespectable art as magic. After Sir Walter's sickly fiancée passes away, Mr Norrell makes a dangerous pact with a mysterious Gentleman to restore her to life. Jonathan Strange discovers that he also has magical powers.

The episode was rated from 763 votes.

Last updated: jun 10, 2021



Wont be watching this due to BBC's stupidity in flat out canceling good shows while funding crappy reality shows. In fact I will be boycotting all BBC until they can prove otherwise. BBC is nothing but a cock tease.


Awesome show, awesome cast, awesome story. One of the best new series of 2015.


I absolutely loved this, something very different. Fantasy and witchcraft portrayed in a very different way than usual. Great plot, action, acting, cast and production. Almost quirky and unique. I loved it as I really didn’t know where the story was going, it kept my undivided attention with great imagination, twists and turns. I’m not sure if there will be a season 2, I really hope so, it deserves it. Great to watch something so different with a bit of madness mixed in. If you enjoy an escape from reality, fantasy and the supernatural, you will really love this.


Very good adaptation of the novel tough it lacks some of the most magical aspects of the novel.


The first episode was interesting but I didn't find it completely engaging despite some excellent turns from the lead actors. The second episode was much more engaging and quite fun too so I'm eagerly awaiting further episodes.


The first episode certainly lives up to the strange part. A very unusual but interesting show. I eagerly await the second.

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