Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The Filming of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell in Wakefield ....

This week where we live in Wakefield became the backdrop to the filming of 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell,' an adaptation of Susanna Clarke's best-selling debut novel and destined to be the jewel in the BBC's drama crown.

The Boy and I have been gripped by excitement. Not least because there was the chance that I might finally be discovered as the star of stage and screen I was clearly born to be and because Marc Warren, formerly in of one of The Boy's favourite episodes of Dr Who, plays The Man With Thistledown Hair. 

So we've been lurking around the set as much as we've been able, after school hours and before tea-time obviously because we're not completely mad, or actors, yet. I took some photos too ...

Jonathan Strange (Bertie Cavel) and Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan)

Enzo Cilenti  is Childermass

The Boy makes a bid for TV stardom

In the event, the director was obviously very, very busy and, probably to his undying regret, missed the opportunity to discover me. *Rolls eyes at director* AND we didn't see Marc Warren. At all *Tuts* 

We'll be tuning in for the screening next Christmas though. Partly because we'll be able to annoy the festive jumper off everyone else by shrieking, pointing and continually saying: "We were there." Partly because Wakefield WILL look fabulous (and I'm withholding my licence fee if it doesn't *looks hard at the BBC*). And partly to prove to The Boy that just because it looks like it's from the olden days, it's not going to be shown in black and white.


*Explains television to the seven year old. Again*


  1. I know I'm a year late, but ohmigosh! Thank you for this!

  2. I used to live in Wakefield and recognised this location straightaway. I read the novel in 2004 and have re-read it countless times. Wonderful to see these great photos. The series has already exceeded my very high expectations.


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