BBC1 Plans “Jonathan Strange” TV Series

BBC One has commissioned three new series for 2013, one of which is an ambitious six-part series based on Susanna Clarke acclaimed best-selling 2004 period fantasy drama “Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell”.

Set in an alternate England during the Napoleonic Wars, the story follows a magician and his apprentice who use their powers to help the government but who are ultimately pitted against one another.

Peter Harness (“Wallander”) is adapting the script which Cuba Pictures, Feel Film and Farmoor will produce. Toby Haynes (“Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall”) will direct.

New Line previously attempted to develop the property as a movie back in 2005. BBC1 has also commissioned David Nicholls’ commuters romance drama “7.39,” and Toby Whithouse’s 1970s Cold War spy thriller “The Game”.

Source: Deadline