BBC America will debut the fantasy series “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” on June 13, Saturday. Based on a novel by Susanna Clarke, which was released in 2004, the story takes place in 19th century England and stars Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan.
At the height of the Napoleon, a magician, Mr. Norrell (Marsan), who has hidden his magic skills from the public with much regret, decided to convince politicians and naysayers that his powers can help win the war. He meets Jonathan Strange (Carvel) and learns that he too has magical powers and grows more inspired to practice the high art together, with one being the teacher and the other his apprentice. But in the course of the story, the two would end up becoming rivals.
The series, adapted for television by Peter Harness and directed by Toby Haynes, who both worked on “Doctor Who,” will roll out with seven episodes and will present plenty of CGI fun along with its rich storyline. The show has debuted earlier in the United Kingdom and has received good feedback so far.
“Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell” was first developed for television back in 2012, but production didn’t begin until one year later in the fall.
Watch the teaser of the show in the video below.