The BEST Episodes of The Chronicles of Narnia

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2020

Network: BBC One

The BBC brings to the small screen a magical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis seven-volume series The Chronicles of Narnia. The series covers the first four books over the course of three seasons with 18 thirty minute episodes. Season one brings The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe to life in a six episode installment. Season 2 covers Prince Caspian over the course two episodes, and then The Voyage of The Dawn Trader in 4 more episodes. The third season consists of a six-part adaptation of The Silver Chair. The BBC rendition of The Chronicles of Narnia first aired in 1988 and ended in 1990.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (1)

#1 - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 13, 1988

It's 1940, and the Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, have been sent to stay in the countryside where they will be safe, away from the war. Their home for the duration is a huge rambling mansion that the children cannot resist to explore, during which Lucy stumbles across an old wardrobe which hides a magical secret.

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Directors: Marilyn Fox
Writers: Alan Seymour, C. S. Lewis
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2)

#2 - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 20, 1988

After being given a task by the White Witch Edmund finds Lucy again and they return to their own world. Edmund lies to Peter and Susan saying that Narnia was a game he and Lucy was playing, will Lucy's story ever be believed and will the children all finally get into Narnia?

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Directors: Marilyn Fox
Writers: Alan Seymour, C. S. Lewis
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (3)

#3 - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (3)

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 27, 1988

Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund venture on to try and rescue Mr. Tumnus and meet the beavers who have some good news for them. Meanwhile, Edmund has mixed loyalties - he just doesn't believe that the White Witch is as bad as the animals say she is.

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Directors: Marilyn Fox
Writers: Alan Seymour, C. S. Lewis
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (4)

#4 - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (4)

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 4, 1988

The beavers and the children are preparing for their journey to the Stone Table. The White Witch orders Maugrim to go to the Beaver's house to kill everyone there, but when they arrive they find the house empty. Along their journey, Peter, Susan and Lucy unexpectedly meet Father Christmas, who presents the children with gifts. As they continue the journey, the snow around them melts, making way for spring.

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Directors: Marilyn Fox
Writers: Alan Seymour, C. S. Lewis
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (5)

#5 - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (5)

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 11, 1988

Arriving at the Stone Table, the children are welcomed warmly by Aslan. However, Maugrim appears soon afterwards and terrifies the crowd, only to be slain by Peter. Knowing that the White Witch is nearby, Aslan sends his creatures to rescue Edmund. Later, the White Witch herself arrives at the Stone Table, demanding that Edmund be given to her, as all traitors in Narnia belong to her.

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Directors: Marilyn Fox
Writers: Alan Seymour, C. S. Lewis
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (6)

#6 - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (6)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 18, 1988

Susan and Lucy spend the night at the Stone Table with Aslan's body. At dawn, the Stone Table cracks in half and Aslan comes back to life. He explains that there is a deeper magic that states that if a "willing victim who has committed no treachery is killed in a traitor's stead, the Stone Table will crack and death itself will be denied". The two girls jump on Aslan's back and they fly to the White Witch's house, where Aslan's restores all the Witch's victims - including Tumnus - back to life from their stone forms.

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Directors: Marilyn Fox
Writers: Alan Seymour, C. S. Lewis
Prince Caspian (1)

#7 - Prince Caspian (1)

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 19, 1989

The four Pevensie children are waiting at a train station when a magical force pulls them into Narnia. They land at an overgrown castle which they recognise as Cair Paravel. Susan saves the life of a dwarf named Trumpkin who is about to be drowned by two soldiers on a boat. The children tell him that they are the old Kings and Queens of Narnia, of which Trumpkin has heard of in the Narnian legends.

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Directors: Alex Kirby
Writers: Alan Seymour, C. S. Lewis
Prince Caspian (2)

#8 - Prince Caspian (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 26, 1989

The siblings rush to help Caspian in the Narnian civil war.

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Directors: Alex Kirby
Writers: Alan Seymour, C. S. Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1)

#9 - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1)

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 3, 1989

Nasty cousin Eustace accompanies Lucy and Edmund on an adventure.

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Directors: Alex Kirby
Writers: Alan Seymour, C. S. Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2)

#10 - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2)

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 10, 1989

The Dawn Treader lands on a dragon island.

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Directors: Alex Kirby
Writers: Alan Seymour, C. S. Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (3)

#11 - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (3)

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 17, 1989

Caspian battles sea serpents to find the missing Lords.

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Directors: Alex Kirby
Writers: Alan Seymour, C. S. Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (4)

#12 - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (4)

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 24, 1989

The world's end and the final enchantment draw near.

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Directors: Alex Kirby
Writers: Alan Seymour, C. S. Lewis
The Silver Chair (1)

#13 - The Silver Chair (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 18, 1990

While being persued by bullies, Eustace and Jill Pole are magically transported to Narnia where Aslan has an important task for them; to seek out and find the long lost son of the aged King Caspian.

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Writers: Alan Seymour
The Silver Chair (2)

#14 - The Silver Chair (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 25, 1990

Jill and Eustace are introduced to Puddleglum who agrees to be their guide to the ruined city of the giants, but will their new found Marshwiggle friend meet his fate before they manage to get there?

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The Silver Chair (3)

#15 - The Silver Chair (3)

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 2, 1990

Journeying on, Eustace, Jill and Puddleglum meet a lady in green who gives them directions to the castle of Harfang with the promise of food and shelter. But will their eagerness to get there distract them from their mission and make them miss another of Aslan's signs?

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Writers: Alan Seymour
The Silver Chair (4)

#16 - The Silver Chair (4)

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 9, 1990

After some angry prompting by Aslan, the group realise they need to get back to the ruins and follow the instructions 'UNDER ME'. But how do they get out of the castle? And do the giants have ulteria motives for being so hospitable to two human children and a Marshwiggle?

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Writers: Alan Seymour
The Silver Chair (5)

#17 - The Silver Chair (5)

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 16, 1990

Trapped underground, Jill, Eustace and Puddleglum meet a masked man under a spell that has all the marks of a witch on it.

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Directors: Alex Kirby
Writers: Alan Seymour, C. S. Lewis
The Silver Chair (6)

#18 - The Silver Chair (6)

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 23, 1990

Jill, Eustace, Prince Rilian and their brave friend Puddleglum face a fight to the death with the Green Lady.

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Directors: Alex Kirby
Writers: Alan Seymour, C. S. Lewis