Status: Active, Mini-Series Airs Summer 2015
Network: BBC America
Starring: Eddie Marsan, Bertie Carvel, Alice Englert, Marc Warren
Series Website: www.bbcamerica.com/jonathan-strange-and-mr-norrell/
Note: This series is a British import and its success is more heavily determined by its performance in its home country.
Description: 1806. England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation’s past. However, scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains — the reclusive and skillful Mr Norrell (Marsan). His displays of magic soon thrill the nation. In London, he raises the beautiful Lady Pole (Englert) from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French.
Soon the cautious and fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange (Carvel). While trying to secure his beloved Arabella’s (Riley) hand in marriage, he meets a vagabond, the magician of Threadneedle Street, Vinculus (Paul Kaye, Game of Thrones, Stella), who tells him he is destined to be a great magician. Young, handsome and daring, Strange is the very antithesis of Norrell. A dangerous battle ensues between the two great men. Their obsessions and secret dabbling’s with the dark arts will cause more trouble than they can imagine. BBCAmerica.com
Comment: This is indicated as being a mini-series by the BBC America website and it is based on the book of the same name by Susanna Clarke. It has already aired all its full seven-episode run in Britain and should be worth checking out during its broadcast in the states.
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