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Based on the bestselling, award-winning novel by Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell takes viewers on a journey through alternate history during 19th century England. Magic, a lost art which has lain dormant for centuries, is showing signs of returning. At the center of this renaissance are two men who are destined to become the greatest magicians that England—and possibly the world—have ever seen.
The reclusive Mr. Norrell (Eddie Marsan) of Hurtfew Abbey stuns the city of York when he causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. With a little persuasion and help from his man of business Childermass (Enzo Cilenti), he goes to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon. It is there Norrell summons a fairy (Marc Warren) to bring Lady Pole (Alice Englert) back from the dead, opening a whole can of worms. Not only do Norrell and Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) have to deal with all the trappings of Georgian society, the Napoleonic wars, and the whims of the supernatural, they have to contend with their own egos and, most of all, an uncomfortable realization that there may not be enough room in the world for one magician, never mind two.