Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

May 5, 2015

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The wait is almost over……I did some concept work and little props for the forthcoming adaptation of Susannah Clarke’s novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. I was very lucky to be invited to a preview of the first two episodes a few weeks back at the BFI. I’ve got to say, they’ve done an incredible job, it really looks REALLY beautiful. I gather it was extremely intense work for everyone involved (the number of locations and sets alone is astonishing for a seven part drama), but all the hard work has certainly paid off. I was involved at the very early stages, providing the director Toby Haynes with some concept scribbles, which I might be able to post once the series has been aired. It was great fun, I wish I could have done more but I was juggling it with other commissions. The casting is wonderful, I’m a big fan of  Marc Warren (we love The Good Wife!) and Bertie Carvel is perfect as Strange. Stephen Black is played by Ariyon Bakare, and Eddie Marsan does a great job as the prickly, vain Mr Norrell. Marsan is a prolific actor, and no stranger to BBC drama, his portrayal of Pancks in Little Dorrit is an all time favourite of mine. Anyway, I’m rambling on, watch the commercial! Well done to the Director Toby Haynes and all at Feel Films, a difficult job, brilliantly executed.

 

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