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The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist

  • Premiered: 
    December 26, 2017
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  • Network: BBC1
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2014 book (The Miniaturist) by Jessie Burton 
  • Subject Matter: Historical
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Plot Synopsis

Based on Jessie Burton's 2014 book of the same name, THE MINIATURIST is a story set in 1686, where 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 a wealthy merchant, Johannes Brandt. But instead of Johannes, she's met by his cold sister Marin and quickly realizes 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 and seem to be predicting and unravelling the future with unsettling accuracy. As Nella begins to uncover its secrets and those of the Brandt household she realizes 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? As the shadow of death lurks over the Brandt household, Nella desperately tries to turn their fortunes around, but the miniatures and their foreboding messages keep coming. With shocking secrets still to surface and time running out, will she get the answers she seeks, or is her fate predestined? THE MINIATURIST had its three-part U.S. premiere on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings).
On Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 9pm (check local listings), PBS aired the U.S. premiere of the third and final installment of THE MINIATURIST. In the finale, Johannes is on trial for his life, Marin also faces a life-or-death struggle, and Nella takes charge of the sugar stockpile and the household.