This new fantasy series for the BBC is an adaptation of a novel by Susanna Clarke, set at the beginning of the 19th century, where the world no longer believes in magic. That is until the reclusive Mr Norrell stuns the people of York by making statues surrounding the city's cathedral speak and move. (Sounds a bit like what happened here in the eighties.) Meanwhile, the rich and charming Jonathan Strange, more interested in wine and women than reading dusty old books, discovers that he too has magical powers. As the duo's stories intertwine, they embark on a fantastic journey involving mystical creatures, the reanimation of the dead and war with Napoleon's French Empire.