The Forge’s most recent commission, The Miniaturist is a three-part adaptation of Jessie Burton’s acclaimed book, written by John Brownlow for BBC1. 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.
Set 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 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 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.
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?
The Miniaturist was one of the fastest selling debut novels in the last decade, achieving sales of well over a million copies in 37 countries. It has won multiple awards including Waterstone’s Book of the Year, and the National Book Awards Overall Book of the Year 2014.
The mini-series is due to transmit in 2017.
A 3 x 60 minute mini-series for BBC1/WGBH
Written by: John Brownlow
Executive Producers: Kate Sinclair, George Faber
Director: Guillem Morales
Producer: Gethin Scourfield