MIPTV: BBC Drama 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell' Acquired by Canada's Space Channel

Peter Harness will adapt the seven-part series and Toby Haynes will direct, with production in Quebec and the U.K. to start in summer 2013.

TORONTO – The BBC One drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, to be shot in Quebec and the U.K., has been picked up by Canada's Space channel.

The seven-part series is set during the Napoleonic Wars in an England and will be produced by Greg Dummett for Montreal-based Cité Amérique and Nick Hirschkorn for Feel Films.

Screenwriter Peter Harness (Wallander) will adapt the Susanna Clarke novel, with Toby Haynes (Sherlock, Doctor Who) will direct, with production to start in summer 2013.

The BBC series will also be produced by Cuba Pictures, with international co-producers to include Endemol Worldwide Distribution, BBC America, Canada’s Space channel and Screen Yorkshire.

“The fact that Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell will be filming in Canada is an added bonus, and we look forward to bringing this new series to our Space viewers,” Catherine MacLeod, vp of specialty channels at Space-parent Bell Media, said Monday in a statement.

The BBC drama will be executive produced by Nick Marston, Tally Garner, Dixie Linder, Justin Thomson-Glover, Patrick Irwin and Matthew Read.