I heard some important news this weekend. So important, in fact, that I nearly dropped everything I was doing to write a post about it, and schedule it for Monday. Unfortunately, I was busy at the time. Even more unfortunately, I later forgot what the important news was. So I spent much of today trying to figure out what it was. I couldn't remember where I'd seen it. I couldn't remember what I might have done with it. I seem to have forgotten to write anything down about it.
But I found it.
The BBC is making a TV series of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.
It's going to be 6 episodes long, hopefully hour-long installments or longer -- a much better division of the story than a movie, which had been discussed before, because this book is very long, very rich in detail, and not entirely singular in narrative. Also: the book is divided into three major parts, which would fit six episodes nicely.
It's being directed by Toby Haynes, who io9 praises as the director of key episodes of Doctor Who and Sherlock. Those episodes, according to Den of Geek, are The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang, for Doctor Who, and The Reichenbach Fall, for Sherlock.
Oh my crap this is going to be so awesome I can't even begin to imagine how great this is going to be.