The good: I now have the dvds of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and have watched the first episode of same. Very nice, except the gentleman looks a bit too much like something from a rock band and is far too menacing. He ought to be thistle-downy, light-weight, which makes what he does so much worse. However, we shall see if he changes.
So thank you, incandescens, for these and the book. Am well set up for the next little while.