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With only one short month left in the year the BBC is revealing its big plans for the 2013 TV season, announcing an ecclectic assortment of series for the new year -- some of which will surely make their way to networks here not long after their UK bows. At the center of these announcements are the plans for a six-episode adaptation of Susanna Clarke's bestselling 2004 fantasy novel "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell," which revolves around the reintroduction of magic to England during the Napoleanic Wars. There have been several attempts at adapting the nearly 900-page novel as a film, but perhaps the small screen is the better medium for bringing Clarke's richly ambitious and heavily populated novel to life without butchering it too much for sake of time. The series will be adapted by Peter Harness, who most recently penned the Kenneth Branagh-starring "Wallander," and directed by Toby Haynes ("Doctor Who, »

- Eric Mattina

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