Having just celebrated the announcement of one BBC adaptation of a beloved British novel, it's time to follow the development of another! Here's our first clip of the upcoming BBC One adaptation of the absolutely wondrous Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by author Susannah Clark. It's only 30 seconds, so it's difficult to judge, but Eddie Marsan certainly looks fussy and uptight enough for Norrell, and his library is quite impressive.
If you've never read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, please do at once, but in the meantime, here's a summary for you:
Susanna Clarke’s novel is an epic tale of nineteenth-century England and the two magicians who emerge to change its history. In the year 1806, in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, most people believe magic to have long since disappeared from England -- until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers and becomes a celebrity overnight. Another practising magician emerges: the young and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell’s pupil and the two join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic and soon he risks sacrificing not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything else he holds dear.
The seven-part series will air early next year. BUT HOW EARLY? Dying for this one.