The BBC has conjured the clip from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, the upcoming seven-episode adaptation of Susanna Clarke's acclaimed historical fantasy novel.
The all-too-brief sequence features Gilbert Norrell (Eddie Marsan) flatly stating that, contrary to popular belief, “Magic is not ended in England.”
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 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 (Marsan) and his daring young student Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel). 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.
Adapted by Peter Harness (Wallander, Is Anybody There?) and directed by Toby Haynes (The Musketeers, Doctor Who), the co-production of BBC One and BBC America also stars Alice Englert (Ginger & Rosa, Beautiful Creatures), Marc Warren (The Good Wife, Hustle), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge, Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond), Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights, Easy Virtue), Enzo Cilenti (Prisoners Wives, Rome) and Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones, Stella).