BBC America is expanding its “Supernatural Saturday” lineup in 2014, and we have all the early details for its upcoming seven-part “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” miniseries, based on the novel by Susanna Clarke.
From the Press Release:
BBC AMERICA is co-producing a new drama series, “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.” Based on the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke and adapted by Peter Harness (“Wallander,” Is Anybody There?), “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” (7 x 60) is set during the Napoleonic Wars in an England where magic once existed and is about to return. The series will premiere in 2014 as part of BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturday programming block.
The series is produced by Cuba Pictures (Boy A, Broken) for the BBC and co-produced by BBC AMERICA, in association with Feel Film, Bell Media’s Space, Far Moor, and Screen Yorkshire. It is distributed by Endemol Worldwide Distribution.
Toby Haynes (“Doctor Who,” “Sherlock,” “Wallander”) directs, Nick Hirschkorn (Feel Films; Five Children and It) will produce with Greg Dummett, on behalf of Quebec’s Cite Amerique. Executive producers are: Nick Marston, Tally Garner, and Dixie Linder for Cuba Pictures, Endemol Worldwide Distribution, and Thomson-Glover and Patrick Irwin for Far Moor. Matthew Read is the executive producer for the BBC.
Nick Marston, CEO of Cuba Pictures, says: “The production has now developed into a seven-part series, and we are delighted that Peter Harness is well on the way to completing all seven hours. He has just delivered episode five, and with Toby Haynes on board to direct, we are in an excellent position to begin pre-production later this month with production due to start filming in late summer.”
Richard De Croce, SVP Programming, BBC AMERICA, says: “’Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’ is one of our next big series for our Supernatural Saturday block, as Susanna Clarke’s stories transcend borders and are perfect for our US audience. It’s another high-end drama for BBC AMERICA, and we’re proud to be working with Cuba Pictures and BBC One.”
“Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” is going into early pre-production this month, and filming will take place in the UK including Yorkshire as one of several key filming locations and Canada beginning late summer 2013.
Check out the novel’s synopsis below, and look for more soon!
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Book Synopsis:
At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England’s history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England–until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers and becomes a celebrity overnight. Soon another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell’s student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell and putting at risk everything else he holds dear.
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