BBC One commissioned period fantasy drama Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell back in 2012 and it’s now making its way to the airwaves. The seven-part series debuts on BBC One in the UK on May 17, and will premiere on BBC America on June 13 at 10 PM ET. Check out the trailer above.
Based on the best-selling novel by Susanna Clarke and adapted by Wallander‘s Peter Harness. it’s an alternate history of England set during the Napoleonic Wars. Eddie Marsan, Bertie Carvel, Charlotte Riley and Alice Englert star. Toby Haynes (Sherlock, Doctor Who) is director.
In 1806, the reclusive and skillful Mr Norrell (Marsan) is thought to be the last remaining practical magician. His displays 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. But he is sooon 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, 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.
Cast also includes Marc Warren (The Good Wife), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge), Enzo Cilenti (Rome) and Ariyon Bakare (Dancing On The Edge).
The series is produced by Cuba Pictures Limited in association with Feel Films for BBC and co-produced with BBC America in association with Attraction Images for Bell Media, Far Moor Productions Ltd and Screen Yorkshire.