Jonathon Strange & Mr Norrell Coming to The BBC

News Nick Horton 12/7/2012 at 10:12PM

The BBC has announced an ambitious fantasy adaptation of Susanna Clarke's magnificent Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell..

BBC One has announced it's to make a six-part adaptation of the magnificent Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, directed by Doctor Who &Sherlock alumni Toby Haynes.

For those unfamiliar with the book, it's a sweeping fantasy novel set during the Napoleonic Wars where two magicians have emerged in Britain. As well as telling the story of their rivalry, it also details an amazing alternate history where the North of England was the dominion of a magical overlord known as the Raven King, and pulls in many notable historical characters.

If you've never read it, now's the perfect time as it's a real winter reader - you'll easily get lost in the amazing world Susanna Clarke creates.

Rumoured as a film adaptation for years, the sheer scale of the novel and number of effects needed may be somewhat daunting, but Toby Haynes has a strong track record at succeeding with ambitious material, having been responsible for Doctor Who's The Pandorica Opens/Big Bangtwo-parter, and the Sherlock series two finale The Reichenbach Fall. Adapting Clarke's book will be writer Peter Harness, who penned the third series of Wallander.

No air date has yet been announced, and casting news must surely follow in the near future. Our picks for Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell? How about, respectively, Damian Lewis and Derek Jacobi?

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Awesome. And long overdue. The rights have floated between broadcasters and studios since the book topped the NYT list. Thought, I'm really much more interested in the follow up novel. I hope SC isn't a one-booker.

This is my favorite book! I heard roumors about a movie, but thought it would have to cut so much out of it. I think a mini-series on TV would fair so much better and have time for all the little details and back stories/history sprinkled throughout the book.

NONONONONONOOOOOOO Please, just not Damian Lewis!!!

Spot on with that Derek Jacobi pick.