Susanna Clarke's long and lush best-selling novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, is being manifested as a seven-part prestige series for BBC One this summer. Here's the newly released full trailer, with 19th-century magicians forming an uneasy alliance to place the fine art of magic back into the heart of England. Directed by Toby Haynes (Doctor Who, Being Human) and adapted by Peter Harness (Wallander, Doctor Who), this extended preview introduces the pair of prestidigitators performing extraordinary feats of legerdemain in dark private places and for astonished Londoners, including a raising of the dead, a stampede of sand stallions and an angry storm of black crows.
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…
Fans of Doctor Who, Harry Potter and Penny Dreadful should flock to this faithful adaptation of Clarke's popular novel, expounding on the intriguing history of magic and magicians during the Age of Napoleon. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell premieres on BBC America this summer.
Does this fresh trailer spark your interest?
(Via Dread Central)