Susanna Clarke’s critically acclaimed 2004 historical fantasy Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is being developed as a six-part miniseries for BBC One. Peter Harness (Wallander) will write, and Toby Haynes (Doctor Who, Sherlock) will direct.
Winner of the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award, the novel is set during the Napoleonic Wars in an England where magic once existed and is about to return through the efforts of two men, “practising magician” Gilbert Norrell and his handsome and daring young student Jonathan Strange. The two join forces in the war against France, only for Strange to be drawn to the most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell. The novel also chronicles an alternate history in which the North of England was once the dominion of John Uskglass, the powerful magician known as the Raven King.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is being produced by Cuba, the production arm literary and talent agency Curtis Brown, in association with Feel Film and Farmoor.