BBC America to Co-Produce New Drama ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’

Another new addition to BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday line-up was recently announced by the network. A new drama called Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, based on the best-selling novel by Susanna Clarke is being produced by Cuba pictures for the BBC and co-produced by the cable network in association with Feel Film, Bell Media’s Space, Far Moor and Screen Yorkshire.

This new 7-part series, to be adapted by Peter Harness (‘Wallander’), will be set during the Napoleonic Wars in an England where magic once existed and is about to return. No casting details have been revealed as yet, but ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is going into early pre-production this month with filming set to take place in the UK, including Yorkshire as one of several key filming locations and Canada later this summer.

Richard De Croce, Senior Vice President of Programming at BBC America had this to say about the new addition to the cabler’s line-up, “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”.

Toby Haynes (‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock’) will direct while Nick Hirschkorn from Feel Films will produce with Greg Dummett.

‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’ will premiere sometime in 2014.