After Doctor Who smash, BBC America brings show on two wizards to the US
Following on its success with Doctor Who at Christmas, big things are expected from BBC America with a new miniseries Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, about two 19th century wizards who believe that magic is going to return to England.
Adweek reports that the series, based on Susanna Clarke's 2004 bestseller , starts filming this summer and is set to premiere next year.
The writer is Peter Harness, who adapted Swedish novelist Henning Mankell's Wallander novels for British TV. Cuba Pictures will co-produce for the BBC alongside BBC America.
Adweek says sci-fi and fantasy has done "notably well" for BBC America; its broadcast of the Doctor Who Christmas special was its highest-rated telecast ever.
And there's 's even more, making sure that ex-BBC Director General Mark Thompson, now ensconced at the New York Times is never far from his old firm.
The Cop show Copper, BBC America's first original starts its second season in June. Then there's a new version of The Three Musketeers called simply The Musketeers .
Finally,says Adweek , there's Orphan Black, a sci-fi series that premiered last Saturday, which the BBC is giving an ad push all around New York.