BBC America has unveiled a new trailer for “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell,” the upcoming adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s bestselling historical fantasy novel.
The seven-episode series is set at the beginning of the 19th century 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). The reclusive Mr. Norrell 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’s there Norrell summons a fairy (Marc Warren) to bring Lady Pole (Alice Englert) back from the dead, setting into action a terrible chain of events.
Adapted by Peter Harness and directed by Toby Haynes, the co-production of BBC One and BBC America also stars Samuel West, Charlotte Riley and Paul Kaye. “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” premieres Saturday, June 13, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America.
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