Jonathan Strange & Mr Nor­rell BBC1, 9pm

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

New se­ries. At the be­gin­ning of the 19th cen­tury, the world no longer be­lieves in magic - un­til the reclu­sive Mr Nor­rell stuns the peo­ple of York by mak­ing stat­ues sur­round­ing the city's cathe­dral speak and move. 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.

Marc War­ren

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