How would you sum up the show for viewers who are unfamiliar with the novel?
“It’s like a Jane Austen period drama but with magic and amazing special effects. It’s set at the time of the Napoleonic wars, in a version of England where magic once existed, long ago, but has since died out.
“Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is the story of how magic returns to England, and the two magicians that bring it back. And what goes wrong.”
From this interview with the writer of the forthcoming BBC adaptation.