3 x 1 hr
A haunting, sumptuous period thriller, The Miniaturist tells the story of a house where, beneath the lavish beauty and privilege, lie forbidden passions and dangerous secrets.
In 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. Full of hopes and dreams, she has travelled from the quiet countryside to begin a new life as the wife of affluent merchant, Johannes Brandt. But, instead of Johannes, she’s met by his cold sister Marin and quickly realises that nothing is as it seems in the Brandt household. When Johannes finally appears he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a doll’s house replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive Miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror what is happening within the house in unexpected ways–seemingly predicting and unravelling the future with unsettling accuracy.
As Nella begins to uncover the secrets of the doll’s house and those of the Brandt household she realises the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the Miniaturist hold their fate in her hands–and will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?
The Miniaturist was one of the fastest-selling debut novels of the last decade, achieving sales of well over a million copies in 37 countries. It has won multiple awards including Waterstones Book of the Year and Overall Book of the Year at the National Book Awards 2014.
The Forge production for the BBC Co-produced with MASTERPIECE in association with all3media international and Lemaise Pictures
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