BBC Commissions new drama ‘Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell’

Magic to return in ‘Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell’

As part of the new drama commissions announced today by BBC Controller Danny Cohen, is a new 6×60 series, Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrel, based on the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke and adapted by Peter Harness and is set during the Napoleonic Wars in an England where magic once existed and is about to return.

Danny says: “I aim to keep raising the stakes with our drama output on BBC One. Ben Stephenson and I are committed to finding pieces with great ambition, quality writing and memorable performances which portray a captivating range of fictional worlds and landscapes. We aim to keep working with Britain’s very best writers, actors and directors.”

The series is produced by Cuba, who was behind Bafta-winning ‘Boy A’ and critically acclaimed ‘Broken‘ and is the production arm of leading literary and talent agency Curtis Brown in association with Feel Film and Farmoor.

Toby Haynes directs, Nick Hirschkorn will produce with Nick Marston, Justin Thomson-Glover and Patrick Irwin are executive producing. Matthew Read is the Executive Producer for the BBC.

Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell’ will air in 2013 on BBC One, casting is yet to be announced