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WATCH: BBC drama Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell — partly shot at Oakwell Hall — begins Sunday

Watch the trailer for eerie new series, party shot in Birstall

The magical world of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell will hit our screen this weekend.

The BBC drama, starring Bertie Carvell and Eddie Marsan, will air on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.

And if you keep your eyes peeled, you may just spot a familiar tourist spot in the series.

Oakwell Hall, in Birstall, was used as one of main locations for the adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s historical fantasy novel.

Oakwell Hall during filming for Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Eric Brown, heritage manager at Oakwell Hall, said: “The filming took place last year and they were here for over a month, and I think people will be interested to see how they used Oakwell.

“There has been a history of filming at Oakwell for many years, the original silent version of Shirley was filmed here in the 1920s, and it would be great to get a copy of it.

“But since 2000 we have been a popular place for TV companies to film."

The drama, set at the beginning of the 19th century, features an England that no longer believes in practical magic.

The reclusive Mr Norrell (Marsan) of Hurtfew Abbey stuns the city of York when he causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move.

Strange and Norrell

With a little persuasion and help from his man of business Childermass (Cilenti), he goes to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon. It is there Norrell summons a fairy to bring Lady Pole (Englert) back from the dead, opening a whole can of worms!

Meanwhile, the rich, arrogant Jonatha Strange (Carvell) is told he is destined to be a great magician, and decides to try his hand at magic in a bid to find his true occupation...

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell premieres on BBC One on Sunday at 9pm.


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