The eagerly awaited adaptation of Jessie Burton’s bestselling book arrives on screens on Boxing Day.
Set in 1686, The Miniaturist opens as 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 come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. But instead of Johannes, she’s met by his cold sister Marin and quickly realises that nothing is quite 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 and seem to be predicting and unravelling the future with unsettling accuracy.
Executive producer Kate Sinclair said: “I first came across Jessie’s extraordinary book in manuscript in 2013. I read it in one sitting and was determined to have it. There was a bidding war between publishers and it took a further year, in which I met both Jessie and her agent Juliet and made an offer.
“I had to wait a further 12 months until they finally agreed – it was the hottest book of the decade!
“But most importantly for me it was a very original story, which I wanted to do justice to, not least because it was both compelling and original.”
The Miniaturist, BBC1, Boxing Day, 9pm