Could Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell set off a string of British fantasy shows? It’s very much like your typical British period drama but with magic, like an adult Harry Potter. Could the success of this and the ongoing success of Doctor Who see the BBC start to take more risks with fantasy series? Perhaps a British TV adaptation of Narnia or The Golden Compass could do what the movies couldn’t or even, shock horror, original fantasy shows could happen.
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sadly, Strange & Norrell’s less than stellar ratings may discourage the Beeb from making more SF shows the short term. But fear not, ITV is picking up the British telefantasy mantle with Beowulf, Jekyll And Hyde, Houdini & Doyle, The Frankenstein Chronicles and Peter & Wendy all in the works.