Filming begins at York Minster for BBC's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Actors walk past St William’s College as filming gets under way on Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

York Minster, cleared of chairs for the filming of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Filming for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell outside St William’s College

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FILMING has started at York Minster and the nearby St William’s College for a new BBC drama series.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell started filming inside and outside both locations on Tuesday and is due to continue until tomorrow afternoon.

The series is based on Susanna Clarke’s novel, opening in York in the 19th century, when the people of England no longer believe in practical magic.

This all changes when the reclusive Mr Norrell causes the statues of the Minster to speak and move, starting a new enthusiasm for practical magic which takes in war, peace, fairies and even resurrection.

Months have already been spent filming in the region – in York, Leeds, Ripley, Wakefield and Rotherham – following investment from Screen Yorkshire.

Nicola Bexon, York Minster’s marketing director, said: “To have such a key role at the start of this series is fantastic for York Minster. I am sure that the many families who visit the cathedral will be delighted to see it featuring so prominently, and we look forward to welcoming those who haven’t visited before who are inspired to come and experience it for themselves.

“York Minster and St William’s College have proved fantastically popular locations for filming period pieces, with Death Comes To Pemberley and Bill shooting here, but in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, the cathedral will be playing itself, rather than standing in for another location.”

Other programmes to have been filmed in York in recent times include Channel 4’s drama series Utopia and ITV drama Eternal Law.

The series is directed by Toby Haynes, who has also directed Doctor Who, and the producer is Nick Hirschkorn, of Five Children And It.

The cast includes Eddie Marsan (Best Of Men, Ray Donovan, Filth) and Olivier award-winning Bertie Carvel (Restless, Hidden, Matilda) in the roles of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

It is produced by Cuba Pictures for BBC One, co-produced with BBC America and will be distributed by Endemol Worldwide Distribution.

Sally Joynson, chief executive at Screen Yorkshire, said: “As well as showcasing landmark locations such as York Minster, which will doubtless inspire visitors to Yorkshire for years to come, the production will have a major economic impact for crew, facilities and local businesses such as hotels, taxis and restaurants.’’

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12:52pm Thu 27 Feb 14

whitehorse says...

I can't wait for this one. An epic book. Awesome.
I can't wait for this one. An epic book. Awesome. whitehorse
  • Score: 5

3:20pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Bad magic says...

@Whitehorse - seconded. I hope they do this fantastic novel proud!
@Whitehorse - seconded. I hope they do this fantastic novel proud! Bad magic
  • Score: 1

4:19pm Thu 27 Feb 14

sha123 says...

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Excellent read, Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting?I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work. https://myspace.com/ bubblegum_casting sha123
  • Score: -4

5:59pm Thu 27 Feb 14

imassey says...

Just one thing... it is Clarke, not Clare.
Just one thing... it is Clarke, not Clare. imassey
  • Score: 2

9:24pm Thu 27 Feb 14

nearlyman says...

Still got the modern bollards I see !!!!
Still got the modern bollards I see !!!! nearlyman
  • Score: 2

7:31am Fri 28 Feb 14

imassey says...

nearlyman wrote:
Still got the modern bollards I see !!!!
Not in view of the camera in the pictures, though - the track runs between the bollards and the actors.
[quote][p][bold]nearlyman[/bold] wrote: Still got the modern bollards I see !!!![/p][/quote]Not in view of the camera in the pictures, though - the track runs between the bollards and the actors. imassey
  • Score: 1

9:57am Fri 28 Feb 14

Firedrake says...

Looks more 18th century to me, judging by the clothes. I suppose it could be very early 19th ... c 1805.
Looks more 18th century to me, judging by the clothes. I suppose it could be very early 19th ... c 1805. Firedrake
  • Score: 1

11:13am Fri 28 Feb 14

The Marshall says...

Firedrake wrote:
Looks more 18th century to me, judging by the clothes. I suppose it could be very early 19th ... c 1805.
Were you there in circa 1805?
[quote][p][bold]Firedrake[/bold] wrote: Looks more 18th century to me, judging by the clothes. I suppose it could be very early 19th ... c 1805.[/p][/quote]Were you there in circa 1805? The Marshall
  • Score: 0

11:15am Fri 28 Feb 14

The Marshall says...

Firedrake wrote:
Looks more 18th century to me, judging by the clothes. I suppose it could be very early 19th ... c 1805.
Were you there in circa 1805?
[quote][p][bold]Firedrake[/bold] wrote: Looks more 18th century to me, judging by the clothes. I suppose it could be very early 19th ... c 1805.[/p][/quote]Were you there in circa 1805? The Marshall
  • Score: 0

11:40am Fri 28 Feb 14

NickPheas says...

Firedrake wrote:
Looks more 18th century to me, judging by the clothes. I suppose it could be very early 19th ... c 1805.
The book starts in 1806, so that's reasonable.
[quote][p][bold]Firedrake[/bold] wrote: Looks more 18th century to me, judging by the clothes. I suppose it could be very early 19th ... c 1805.[/p][/quote]The book starts in 1806, so that's reasonable. NickPheas
  • Score: 1

4:44pm Fri 21 Mar 14

ChristopherLee says...

he first time I picked it up, I read a few chapters and thought meh, not for me. It sat on the bookshelf for a couple of years and then I decided to try it again and got completely sucked in and loved it.
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he first time I picked it up, I read a few chapters and thought meh, not for me. It sat on the bookshelf for a couple of years and then I decided to try it again and got completely sucked in and loved it. assignment writers ChristopherLee
  • Score: 0

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