BBC One has debuted the first proper trailer for “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell,” its upcoming seven-episode adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s acclaimed historical fantasy novel.
While just a minute long, it manages to convey some of the wonder, humor and terror of the 2004 book, which 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 (Eddie Marsan) and his daring young student Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) join forces in the war against France, only for Strange to be drawn to the most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with his mentor.
Adapted by Peter Harness and directed by Toby Haynes, the co-production of BBC One and BBC America also stars Alice Englert, Marc Warren, Samuel West, Charlotte Riley, Enzo Cilenti and Paul Kaye.
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