Magic Awaits in this First Look at Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

During last night’s return of “Orphan Black” and debut of “Tatau” on BBC America, viewers also got their first look at the network’s upcoming new original series “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell,” based on The New York Times bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke and adapted by Peter Harness (“Wallander,” Is Anybody There?), via a quick teaser.  If you missed it, we’ve got it right here!

The seven-part series kicks off sometime this summer.  It stars Olivier Award-winning Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan, who take on the magical roles of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, respectively. Other cast members include Alice Englert, Marc Warren, Samuel West, and Charlotte Riley.

The series is directed by Toby Haynes, and the producer is Nick Hirschkorn. It is produced by Cuba Pictures for BBC One and co-produced with BBC America, in association with Feel Films, Far Moor, Screen Yorkshire, and Bell Media’s Space. It will be distributed by Endemol Worldwide Distribution.

Set at the beginning of the 19th-century, England no longer believes in practical magic. The reclusive Mr Norrell (Marsan) of Hurtfew Abbey stuns the city of York when he causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. With a little persuasion and help from his man of business, Childermass (Enzo Cilenti), he goes to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon. It is there Norrell summons a fairy (Warren) to bring Lady Pole (Englert) back from the dead, opening a whole can of worms…

Jonathan Strange (Carvel) is charming, rich, and arrogant. While trying to secure his beloved Arabella’s (Riley) hand in marriage, he meets the magician of Threadneedle Street, Vinculus (Paul Kaye), who tells him he is destined to be a great magician. A shaken and disturbed Strange initially dismisses the claims, but intrigue overcomes, and in an attempt to find his occupation, he tries to practice magic…

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