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Hunlion02 Jul 2015 5:11 a.m. PST

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I would recommend this BBC TV series to you. Its about magicians in the time of the Napoleonic wars. It is called……Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell …part two onwards is set in Portugal and part 4 has a short scene of Waterloo. worth watching.


Jemima Fawr Inactive Member02 Jul 2015 5:51 a.m. PST

Yes, it's a great series.

[anorak mode on] Did you notice the Cacadores wandering through a couple of Portugal scenes?

Homicidal mud and ivy aside, I was very impressed with the Hougoumont scene on a number of points:

1. It was a pretty good representation of Hougoumont (slightly scaled down – a sort of wargamers' Hougoumont).

2. They took the trouble to show the Coldstreamers' uniform changes from the Peninsula to Waterloo.

3. The French attackers (including Legros) that burst through the gate were accurately depicted in Legere uniforms.

I reckon their art director and/or costume designer must be a wargamer… ;)

tuscaloosa Inactive Member02 Jul 2015 12:15 p.m. PST

Wow, I'm jealous of what the Brits get in the way of TV. Hardly anything comparable in the U.S. in the way of historical, or pseudo-historical… (Well, maybe "The Vikings").

What channel shows it in the U.S.?

Guthroth02 Jul 2015 1:23 p.m. PST

Probably on BBC America when it runs

Footslogger02 Jul 2015 1:40 p.m. PST

Just watched the Hougoumont bit. + 1 to everything JF said.
Even with the magic, it was more accurate than Sharpe's Waterloo!

Jemima Fawr Inactive Member02 Jul 2015 10:51 p.m. PST


I should point out that the war bits are very brief (which is a bloody shame the whole idea of magicians working for the war effort was a fun one), though are very good. The rest of the story revolves around the rivalries between two men (Strange and Norrell) who have brought 'English Magic' back to the world, though unwittingly release a malevolent 'fairy' (a deeply unpleasant chap in 18th Century fop dress as far from Tinkerbell as it's possible to get) to wreak havoc.

There's a review here that explains it better than I can: link

angel13 Inactive Member03 Jul 2015 1:43 a.m. PST

Rules for Jonathan Strange in the old Warhammer Historical Waterloo game here: link

arthur181503 Jul 2015 5:21 a.m. PST

Perhaps future generations may come to believe that Wellington did indeed win through the assistance of magicians, and those who admire the Corsican Ogre will be able to claim that their hero was only defeated through the – unfair – use of magic? ;)

Engmark Inactive Member07 Jul 2015 1:12 p.m. PST

It is on BBC America now. Part 4 is this Saturday.

Jemima Fawr Inactive Member07 Jul 2015 3:34 p.m. PST

Finally caught up with the last episode. Absolutely brilliant!

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 1:40 p.m. PST

Just finished a DVD binge-watch of this with my wife. We both loved it.
The "bird's eye" pan of Waterloo in progress was terrific…if you haven't seen it, find a way to watch it. Somebody did that right! It looks like what we dream our tabletop battles could look like (so, yes, I suspect there's a wargamer or two involved in that bit of work). I'm of course no expert on Waterloo, but I know enough to have been impressed, and immediately recognized Hougoumont, which I suspect most viewers would have no clue about.

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