Strange days

SFX - - Letters -

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.

Robert Graham, Lin­coln

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.

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