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Digital Spy wants your thoughts - was this a stirring or a staid adaptation of the book? What did it do right - and what did it do wrong?
Are you keen for the BBC to explore Clarke's world again? Harness told DS that he would "love to" be involved in a follow-up - but would you watch?
Clarke has spoken of plans for a quasi-sequel, following the characters of Childermass (Enzo Cilenti) and Vinculus (Paul Kaye). Would you watch a spinoff - or would you lose interest without Strange (Bertie Carvel) and Norrell (Eddie Marsan)?
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Strange & Norrell closes with a terrific finale. Are we likely to see anything as imaginative and accomplished as it again soon? Unlikely…
This review contains spoilers.
1.7 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
By the Raven King’s silky tresses, that was a class act.
Start to finish, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell did an improbable number of things right. The story and dialogue darted along, the direction never failed to impress or the special effects to convince, and the cast… well, that cast. Can we put the whole team under an enchantment binding them together forever? Until they reunite to expertly spin us another tale, Sunday nights on BBC One should be left empty as a mark of respect, like the favourite restaurant table of a beloved departed guest.
Last week’s belter of a penultimate episode had left things on an ominous note. We’d been led to expect a magical duel in the finale, »
Returning tonight on BBC America is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, the event series based on Susanna Clarke’s beloved historical fantasy novel of the same name. Faithfully adapted for the screen by director Toby Haynes (Doctor Who) and screenwriter Peter Harness (Wallander), Strange and Norrell takes place in Napoleonic England when practical magic is all but dead to the world. In its place remains a society of priggish old men who pontificate and philosophize on theoretical magic, unable to cast a single spell, until two very different magicians – the peculiar Mr. Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and the whimsical Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvell) – revive English magic and join forces in the war against France. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to sit down for an exclusive interview with series stars Bertie Carvell and Charlotte Riley. We talked about their different approaches to the source material, why Carvell always wanted to play Jonathan Strange, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them: David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »
- Andre Soares
Ray Donovan Season 3 Promo 2. Showtime‘s Ray Donovan: Season 3 TV show trailer 2 star Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, and Katherine Moennig. Ray Donovan: Season 3’s plot synopsis: “Season three finds Ray adrift from his family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight, in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning role), who had narrowly escaped last season’s heist debacle, finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire.”
This season looks like it will be good. I’ve seen the first episode (review coming soon) and can personally attest to the fact that the first episode is entertaining.
We previously published these Ray Donovan: Season 3 articles:
Ray Donovan: Season 3 Teaser Trailer & Poster: ‘California Dreamin’ [Showtime]
- Rollo Tomasi
Those Donovans, they aren't the establishment types.
The trailer for season 3 of "Ray Donovan" demonstrates that to be true for both the titular Hollywood fixer (Liev Schreiber) and his ex-con dad (Jon Voight), as they both go about their different ways of breaking the rules.
The trailer introduces the new characters played by Ian McShane and Katie Holmes for the major storyline of the season. McShane is Malcolm Finney, a billionaire movie producer who hires Ray to keep an eye on his kids while he retires and settles his affairs. Holmes is Malcolm's daughter, and a tough, cutthroat businesswoman who makes Ray her own deal - one he's mightily tempted by.
The other major storyline of the season features Ray's brother, Terry (Eddie Marsan), in prison. Both Ray and his dad want to get Terry out; the question is, whose tactics will serve Terry better?
Season 3 of "Ray Donovan" premieres »
- Kelly Woo
The company has already struck a deal with British distributor Kaleidoscope to take the film for theatrical release in the UK and Ireland.
The film was financed by Ingenious Media.
The story centres on Benjamin (Graham), an outsider in the Jewish community who takes up boxing as a means of self-defence. Alienated by his own choices, he finds comfort under the wing of shady fixer, Shannon (Smiley) and an involvement in unlicensed boxing pushes him further to the edges of his community.
He makes an immoral decision in order to provide for his family and as a result goes to prison. Once released he is determined to right the wrongs, but still a »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Showtime has just released the full trailer for Ray Donovan Season 3, in which the titular Hollywood fixer, played by a reliably pickled Liev Schreiber, takes on a new client in the personage of Ian McShane's Malcolm Finney. The trailer focuses mainly on how Ray's relationship with Finney, including his daughter, Paige (Katie Holmes), leads to him to (yet again) reconsider his choice of profession. That doubt, per usual, becomes twice as potent when he gets involved with his father, Mickey (Jon Voight), who continues his own side of the dirty business at hand. The series seems to be building to another blowout between Ray and Mickey, as Malcolm Finney's line about happy families feels like a direct parallel with what the Donovan family has been weathering for the last two seasons. [caption id="attachment_362605" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Showtime[/caption] More interesting is the trailer's insinuation that the incarceration of Terry, Ray's brother, played »
- Chris Cabin
Want to keep up with all the great new content arriving on Netflix? Then you're in luck, as we'll be bringing you a round-up of the best TV shows, films, documentaries and stand-up arriving on Netflix UK every week.
Here are the latest additions to Netflix:
Red Dwarf (Seasons 1-8)
Dave Lister wakes up aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf after three million years in stasis. With his fellow crewmen long dead, Lister is joined by hyper-evolved feline Cat, socially inept android Kryten, and a hologram of his long-time nemesis Arnold Rimmer on the quest to get back to Earth or - at the very least - to find a decent chicken vindaloo.
Watch the first eight seasons of the British comedy classic on Netflix from June 15.
School teacher Poppy »
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Forget Barb meters drily totting up television ratings, the true measure of a TV episode should be judged by the volume of a viewer’s involuntary wail when the end credits appear. By that system, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell registers off the scale. When the screen turned black at the close of tonight’s instalment, my neighbour knocked on the party wall to check I hadn’t done myself an injury.
As an adult, watching this series is the closest I’ve come to the childhood experience of being read a new and spell-binding bedtime book. In the joy of the anticipation, in the telling, and in the frustration of realising a chapter’s end has snuck up on you mid-tale; that’s just how it feels. »
Tragedy strokes Strange and he flees the country following a confrontation with Norrell, in the hopes of finding out the truth about the fairy world.
Home Fires: ITV, 9pm
ITV's WWII drama comes to a close as Britain faces its toughest time of the conflict and members of the Wi have their own issues to deal with.
Alison attempts to get out of her predicament as Frances tries to help Pat, Miriam informs Bryan of some important news, and Richard and Laura try desperately to keep their affair secret.
The series follows several stories including »
In Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, the Napoleonic wars play second fiddle to the "magician wars" of the same era. In the BBC series’ alternate universe (based on Susanna Clarke’s best-selling novel), two dueling magicians begin to discover their powers — and their differences — as part of the fulfillment of a prophesy that has brought magic back to England after 300 years. The series is a swirling, fast-paced production. All of its seven episodes were written by Peter Harness (Wallander) and directed by Toby Haynes (Doctor Who), which lends a great visual continuity to the series (including its gothic overtones and use of natural light, which grounds its magical elements in reality). The same is not exactly true of the plot, which propels viewers into a number of disparate stories that — as opposed to its visual style —aren’t anchored with as much dramatic weight. [caption id="attachment_469823" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via BBC America[/caption] Jonathan Strange & Mr. »
- Allison Keene
Two episodes were provided for review purposes prior to broadcast.
Trading Triwizard tournaments for tricorn hats and powerful wands for powdered wigs, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell makes its American broadcast debut this Saturday. The road from print to BBC One miniseries (with a one month delay in arriving on BBC America) has been long for Strange & Norrell and its decidedly proper spin on the fantasy genre. With a zoological expedition back into the world of Harry Potter due next year, and Lev Grossman’s arch The Magicians getting its own series shortly, we’ll soon be at no loss for witchcraft and wizardry stories that skew strongly traditional or deconstructionist. All the better for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell that the adaptation arrive now, then, when its measured and peculiar brand of wonderment isn’t at constant risk of being upstaged.
A decade of stop-start work on a film adaptation may »
- Sam Woolf
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on Netflix
It's here! Season 3 of Netflix's crazy addictive prison dramedy is available Friday, June 12. Hopefully you've got tiii-iii-iiime to stream all 13 episodes in one long binge.
Jake Gyllenhaal gets creepy as a freelance crime journalist in L.A. in this highly acclaimed thriller. Catch it on Netflix starting June 10.
This one ... was not so critically acclaimed, but sometimes the critics get it wrong, or the bashing just lowers expectations enough that the film is a pleasant surprise. No promises, but check out Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, with Tim Roth as Prince Rainier III, when "Grace of Monaco" hits Netflix on June 8.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
- Gina Carbone
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell continues to be a rare treat of a TV drama; great characters, great performances, great storytelling...
This review contains spoilers.
1.4 All The Mirrors Of The World
That ampersand in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’s title gives the wrong impression altogether. It advertises union where there is only discord. At least there is now, after the battle lines were drawn in this week’s conflict-driven episode.
The “period of collaboration” is over, Strange told Norrell in that wonderfully acted fireside scene. It was diplomatically put. Norrell clearly wanted no such thing as a collaborator in magic, or even a student, but instead an unquestioning acolyte, someone to leave his reign untroubled, sign off Lascelles’ propagandist book, and not to ask inconvenient questions about faeries.
Strange (who returned as puffed up with his Peninsula experience as a gap year student brimming with their life-changing experiences in the noodle huts of Hanoi. »
Britain's Got Talent: ITV, 7:30pm
Presented by Ant and Dec, the grand final of the talent show sees the remaining 10 acts compete one last time.
The finalists perform for the public vote in a bid to see who will be crowned the winning act, receive £250,000 and win a place in the Royal Variety Performance.
Meanwhile, back in England, Arabella (Charlotte Riley) finds out that Lady Pole (Alice Englert) is dangerously deranged and Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) has a challenge in trying to keep his secrets hidden.
Big Brother: Channel 5, 10pm
Another recap of the latest action from the Big Brother house.
The drama from the past 24 hours in the house has »
Showtime’s award winning series Ray Donovan returns for its third season this July, and you can see the first poster and trailer right here…
Ray Donovan stars two-time Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber as La’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Season 3 finds Ray adrift from his family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight, in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning role), who had narrowly escaped last season’s heist debacle, finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire. Joining the show this season are guest stars Ian McShane and Katie Holmes, with Elliott Gould returning. The cast also includes Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, »
- Gary Collinson
Peter Capaldi, who stars as the most recent incarnation of BBC's near-insurmountable Doctor Who, is set to make his San Diego Comic-Con debut at this year's upcoming event in the convention's famed Hall H. He will be appearing alongside fellow cast members Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez, as well as lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and fellow producer Brian Minchin, to discuss his first gangbusters series as the time-traveling hero, which was BBC America's highest rated series to date, and the hotly anticipated next series, which will be premiering this Fall. Upon the announcement that he would be attending, Capaldi responded with his reliable brand of wit: Tales of San Diego Comic-Con are told in awe on every set around the known fantasy/sci-fi production world. It's become a fabled kingdom. One I am thrilled to find myself heading for. And to appear in the legendary Hall H, »
- Chris Cabin
How is Lady Pole? Short answer: not great. Fortunately, the show she’s in continues to be brilliant…
This review contains spoilers.
1.2 How Is Lady Pole?
When it’s-going-to-be-over-too-soon anxiety creeps in even before the episode title has appeared, you know a TV drama is doing something right. And in its second instalment, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell does a great many things right. (One of which is making the squat, previously unwieldy-looking Susanna Clarke novel seem to glow luminously and whisper “Read me. Read me now” every time I come near the bookshelf. I’m holding out until after the finale, but resisting is not going to be easy.)
Chief of its achievements is the sheer irrefutability of its world. Not a sausage about its faerie realm, fleet of rain ships or enchanted-horse troop feels implausible.
You could put that down to the world-class magic worked by its VFX and »
I just watched last night’s debut episode of the BBC’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell — based on Susanna Clarke’s fabulous and sprawling historical fantasy novel [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.] [iTunes U.S.] [iTunes Canada] [iTunes U.K.] — and I love it. I love the book: imagine if Jane Austen wrote Harry Potter, but instead of kids as its central characters it features fusty old academics, ambitious politicians, social climbers, and other unpleasant fellows. (Yes, most of the major players are men, alas.) This adaptation is visually fascinating: it’s not a pretty costume drama but something dirtier, nastier, and somehow itchy. No one’s clothes seem to fit well. Men’s wigs are forever askew. “Fashionable” parties are claustrophobic and loud. The streets of 1806 London are mucky. It’s all very grubby… which is brilliant. This is a story about people who don’t really fit in, and the two titular characters — the last magicians left in England to »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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