TV Review: Miniseries spins magic from the ineffable darkness of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Oh, but to be a magician in England! The painstaking alternate history of Susanna Clarke’s blockbuster novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell presents a loving 19th-century pastiche of an England we almost recognize, in which magic is alive, and magicians walk the Earth both in the moment and throughout the footnotes. And though it was optioned for film not long after it was published, when the movie came to nothing it was no surprise. Some things are just unfilmable; certainly, something on...

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