Check out this spellbinding new TV spot for BBC's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

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May 18, 2015

The more we see of BBC's new historical fantasy mini-series based on Susanna Clarke's best-selling novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell, the more anxious we become to pop on a top hat and start conjuring spells ourselves. This richly detailed seven-episode series revealing real-life magicians in the time of Napoleon just began in the U.K., but we won't see it premiere until June 13 here in the States, so be wary of spoilery recaps lurking out in the wild.

Directed by Toby Haynes (Doctor Who, Being Human) with a faithful adaptation by Peter Harness (Wallander, Doctor Who), it stars Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carval as the title sorcerers. Earlier this month we showed you the first clip of Mr. Norrell's incredible library, and now this exhilarating new TV spot teases more mystifying manifestations, including Jonathan Strange's summoning of spectral stallions from a sandy beach. Here's the official synopsis:

Set at the beginning of the 19th century, England no longer believes in practical magic. The reclusive Mr Norrell (Eddie 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 (Marc Warren) to bring Lady Pole (Alice Englert) back from the dead, opening a whole can of worms…

Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) is charming, rich, and arrogant. While trying to secure his beloved Arabella’s (Charlotte Riley) hand in marriage, he meets the magician of Threadneedle Street, Vinculus (Paul Kaye), who tells him he is destined to be a great magician. A shaken and disturbed Strange initially dismisses the claims, but intrigue overcomes; and in an attempt to find his occupation, he tries to practice magic…

(Via Dread Central)

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