Wishing I Was in the UK so I Could Watch This Show!
“Ten minutes into the first episode of the BBC’s new seven-part adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, there is a spookily good scene that reveals what viewers can expect in the following weeks.
On a snowy night in February 1807, the members of a local society dedicated to the history of magic gather in York Minster. They have been promised a practical demonstration of sorcery, and almost all are scoffers and sceptics. A short distance away, in a pool of candlelight, the timid-looking Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) closes his eyes and murmurs a few mysterious words. Suddenly the aisles are full of noises. Gargoyles grimace and whisper overhead; statues grind into life; carved angels pluck stone harps and sing with unearthly stony voices. As a more open-minded witness observes the following day, thanks to a huge library of spells Norrell has assembled over the years, “magic is restored to England”.