Adaptation of The Miniaturist to Air This Christmas

By November 21, 2017Adaptations, News
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In the spring we brought you the news that filming had started for the BBC adaptation of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist with filming taking place in Amsterdam, where the novel is set. The historical novel is set in 1686 and the judging by the photos released this is to be a lavish adaptation and now we can confirm it’s on the BBC Christmas schedule!

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Nella Oortman, with Romola Garai playing her cold, domineering sister-in-law Marin. Nella’s husband will be portrayed by Alex Hassel of Cold Mountain fame and that’s just a small number of the excellent cast.

The BBC has not yet announced a date for the show to air but we do know it’s included in the festive drama schedule, and we know this because it’s included in the Pure Drama 2017 advert and it’s one of the few shows on the ad we haven’t yet seen.

You can see that here, and while it’s not a full trailer, it does give a glimpse of the show.

The Miniaturist was Burton’s debut novel, released in the summer of 2014, to date it’s sold a million copies in 37 countries and is now available in both hardback, paperback, digital, and audio versions. It won multiple awards on release, including the New Writer of the Year Award and Book of the Year in the National Book Awards.

If you haven’t yet read it, you may just have time to do so before the adaptation airs!

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