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10 November 2013 @ 08:03 pm
Coming Soon: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell  
Some on my flist may recall that I adored Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. It's an epic historical fantasy novel that many reviewers described as if Jane Austen decided to write a fantasy novel. The description is somewhat accurate but doesn't quite do justice to the world Clarke created within the 800+ pages that I devoured in three days.

Well, the BBC is adapting it into a 7 part miniseries. I've known about it for some time but only recently took a look at the cast list. I largely don't see why certain people got certain roles but I'm going to reserve judgement until I see it because the people themselves who have been cast are good actors.

For Sherlock viewers, Bertie Carvel, who we last saw as Sebastian in The Blind Banker, will be Jonathan Strange. Sebastian was a small role but I loved his smarminess and superficial charm. Strange isn't quite that but it fills me with hope that Carvel will do something excellent with the role even if physically he looks nothing like the way Strange was described.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 11th, 2013 04:00 am (UTC)
Bertie Carvel also played Miss Trunchbull in the Matilda Musical, if that gives you any better idea of his range. I don't know a thing about the story or characters to say whether it makes him good for the part. I do like Eddie Marsan, but I'm not familliar the rest of the cast to get excited at having them. Oh, no, apparently Marc Warren was in that awful episode of Doctor Who that was embarrassing in its not goodness, I remember him from that.

Edited at 2013-11-11 04:00 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 11th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Bertie Carvel also played Miss Trunchbull in the Matilda Musical, if that gives you any better idea of his range.

I...don't know if that'll help him in playing Strange but at least I know he HAS a range.

Oh, no, apparently Marc Warren was in that awful episode of Doctor Who that was embarrassing in its not goodness, I remember him from that.

I know I'm in the minority when I say that I didn't find that episode to be that bad. I rather liked the concept of LINDA.

Warren will be playing The Man With the Thistle Down Hair. The fact that he played Mr. Teatime in Hogfather will probably help there.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 11th, 2013 05:06 am (UTC)
I know I'm in the minority when I say that I didn't find that episode to be that bad. I rather liked the concept of LINDA.

I didn't mind the concept, I just have a very low tolerance of crude humour, and I seem to remember just not finding it very funny or entertaining for that reason. I think they were limited by having to base it on the child's drawing.

In comparison to the rage I felt at the Moffat seasons, I could almost look back on it fondly. I still have't decided on whether to watch the anniversary special or not. I am quite interested in Gatiss's TV movie about the making of the first episode, though.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 11th, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)
I still have't decided on whether to watch the anniversary special or not. I am quite interested in Gatiss's TV movie about the making of the first episode, though.

I may watch the TV movie but possibly skip the anniversary. I have some fond memories of Doctor Who. I don't want to tarnish them more than they already have been.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 11th, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
This my feeling as well. My opinion of Rose was on the downswing the last time we saw her. I don't know I want to see her under Moffat's pen.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 11th, 2013 05:13 am (UTC)
Oh, Moffat. Why must you ruin things? Particularly things that I tend to find awesome. I feel like each season of Sherlock features me sitting there with fisted hands while I watch the Moffat-penned episodes.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 11th, 2013 05:17 am (UTC)
He's got the last episode this season, too, and I'm so afraid we're going to be left on a sour note. On the other hand, I am so very pleased he isn't dealing with the return. I am perfectly content to let Gatiss handle that. His John and Sherlock combination is my favourite.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 11th, 2013 05:34 am (UTC)
He's got the last episode this season, too,

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he isn't dealing with the return. I am perfectly content to let Gatiss handle that.

:D
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 11th, 2013 05:44 am (UTC)
Ha! Oh God, for some reason that reminded me of Tiq and Tuq, these little boy and girl characters from French class in Grade One. They were faces on a stick and one side was happy and the other side was sad, so you could practice sentences with them. 'Tiq est triste, Tuq est heureux'. I was just picturing you holding them up in response to the writers. ^_^
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 11th, 2013 05:50 am (UTC)
I was just picturing you holding them up in response to the writers. ^_^

Haha! It's the super cute version of thumbs up or down.