'Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell'
June 13th, 10 pm, BBC America
Harry Potter meets Pride and Prejudice? The only question is how an idea this brilliant had to wait so long to happen — all the frippery of a BBC period drama, all the powdered wigs and stockings and bodices, except it's a tale of magicians helping 18th-century England defeat Napoleon, full of wizardly spells and political intrigue. Based on Susanna Clarke's 2004 bestseller, it pairs the gallant young Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) with Mr. Norrell (Eddie Marsan), the grumpy coot from the York Society of Magicians. It's like they split Benedict Cumberbatch in half: Carvel gets all the dashing charm, Marsan gets all the surly cumberbitch hauteur.