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Miniaturist, The

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Not the life she was promised. Is her fate in someone else's hands?

Based on one of the fastest selling novels of the last decade, The Miniaturist start in 1686, when 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 dolls 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 dolls 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?


3 x 1 hr




The Forge


2018 CAMEO Awards - Best book to TV Adaptation
2018 Ivor Novello Awards - Best Television soundtrack (Dan Jones)
2018 FIPA Official Selection Nominations
2019 Broadcast Awards - Best Single Drama
2018 BAFTA Craft Awards - Make-up and Hair Design (Chrissie Baker)
2018 Royal Television Society - Costume Design: Drama


"It’s wonderful”
Radio Times

"The Miniaturist gleams like a just-restored Vermeer"
The Financial Times

"Anya Taylor-Joy [...] controls the camera's gaze masterfully"
The Independent

“a lovely supernatural soap”
The arts desk

“An Evocative, spellbinding drama big on atmosphere”
The Telegraph

"A tense BBC period drama featuring an excellent Anya Taylor-Joy performance"
The Independent

"The Miniaturist is a wonderfully unusual Boxing Day treat"
Radio Times


Credit Line

The Forge for BBC One, UK co-produced with Masterpiece, USA in association with all3media international and Lemaise Pictures


Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai, Alex Hassell, Paapa Essiedu, Hayley Squires, Emily Berrington

Additional Credits

Executive Producers: John Brownlow, Jessie Burton, Rebecca Eaton, George Faber, Elizabeth Kilgarriff, Kate Sinclair