U.S. fans of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell will have to be just a little more patient than UK fans. According to Entertainment Weekly, BBC America has announced that the miniseries will begin on Saturday, June 13 at 10 p.m. In the UK, BBC One viewers will see the start of the show on May 17th.
I guess that gives those of us in the U.S. a little more time to read, or reread, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell the book (or to listen to it; Simon Prebble is a good narrator). While we are all still waiting, we can analyze these three minutes from the first episode and decide whether Mr Norrell’s library looks big enough and if Childermass is properly sardonic. I think the answer to both questions is “yes.” What about you?
The official description:
BBC AMERICA’s new original drama series, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, is based on The New York Times bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke. The series is adapted by Peter Harness (Wallander, Is Anybody There?) and directed by Toby Haynes (The Musketeers, Doctor Who).
The seven-part series stars Eddie Marsan (Best of Men, Ray Donovan, Filth) and Olivier award-winning Bertie Carvel (Restless, Hidden, Matilda) who take on the magical roles of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Further casting includes Alice Englert (Ginger & Rosa, Beautiful Creatures), Marc Warren (Hustle, Mad Dogs, The Musketeers), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge, Fleming), and Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights, Easy Virtue).
Set at the beginning of the 19th-century, England no longer believes in practical magic. The reclusive Mr Norrell (Marsan) 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 is there Norrell summons a fairy (Warren) to bring Lady Pole (Englert) back from the dead, opening a whole can of worms…
The series is produced by Cuba Pictures for BBC One and co-produced with BBC AMERICA, in association with Feel Films, Far Moor, Screen Yorkshire and Bell Media’s SPACE. It is distributed by Endemol Worldwide Distribution.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell will premiere on BBC AMERICA in 2015.