The 4th episode of “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell,” All the Mirrors of the World, was aired on July 4, 10 p.m. on BBC America and for the first time, Canadians got to see the premier of the Canadian co-production.
The show that has already premiered in the UK and the U.S. has finally come to Canada, but this is available for only those who live in the east of the Manitoba-Ontario border. Those who have Bell’s The Movie Network got the privilege of viewing the premier.
Most of the network’s original series have been shared productions with Corus’ Western Canadian Movie Central, but this time, Bell’s Space channel got its share of the seven-part miniseries based on Susanna Clarke’s novel.
It is expected that the show will also be aired on Space or CTV. This will be a second-window airing of the show and Crave TV may also get a chance to show it.
As Diane Wild mentioned in TV, eh? – “Fantastical, mystical, literary, dark and quirky, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is not in the mold of glossier genre shows such as Bitten or Lost Girl, and it’s not science fiction such as Orphan Black, Dark Matter or Killjoys.”
The show is mentioned as Harry Porter for adults, without the bright colors and pacing. Set in 1806 during the Napoleonic Wars in England, the story focuses on the Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan), who is a skillful magician challenged by Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel), who is also quite brilliant.
If you have not read the novel, you can expect a lot of thrill in the show. Episode 4 shows the refusal of Norrell to let Strange study disrespectable magic that causes the split between the two. The show directed by Toby Haynes premiered on June 13 in America and since then, it is going through a roller coaster ride.
The show has some of the big names in the industry. Apart from Marsan and Carvel, Charlotte Riley and Alice Englert are part of the seven-part mini-series which has eventually turned out to be a big hit already. With three more episodes to be unveiled, you can surely expect some edge-of-the-seat twists.