The Miniaturist Finally Comes to the U.S.!


The TV adaption of Jessie Burton’s novel The Miniaturist (2017) set in 1686 Amsterdam was co-produced by the BBC and PBS, and it aired in the U.K. last Christmas. PBS has been teasing and previewing it since last fall, so it’s annoying to have had to wait a year to finally see it here in the states! Was it worth the wait? Pretty much, at least as a costume drama. I can’t speak to how well the book was adapted since I haven’t read it, but I have some opinions on the story, which is chock full of twists, so warning, if you haven’t seen it yet, here be spoilers.

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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

6 Responses

  1. Gail

    oh, well …

    what a boys me is PBS — they co-produce, yet we see the shows months after they air in the UK. It makes me feel that they are treating us like ill informed consumers – as though we don’t know that the show aired last Christmas in the UK.

    It also aired on consecutive nights in the U.k., which would greatly help the momentum of this story.

    • Gail

      what bothers me … damned autocorrect

      Still think it is no way for PBS to court a younger demographic …. they watched it in December if they were interested. And for longer shows — in this day and age, it is near impossible to avoid spoilers. (remember Downton and Sybil???)

      and sorry — love your site, but I’ve got kids in college…

    • Trystan L. Bass

      I fully agree! Even BBC America has tightened up what used to be a year-long delay between airing Doctor Who in the UK & US, so why can’t PBS speed things up w/the shows it coproduces w/the BBC & ITV? It’s frustrating.

      • nkkingston

        Interestingly, you often get the same issue going the other way – Killing Eve has only just started airing in the UK despite being a joint production.

        (The Miniaturist looked gorgeous, but it felt to me like a prologue; I want to know what happens to the household after the story more than I care about the story that’s actually told)

  2. Fran in NYC

    They also made a 2-part story into a 3-part story. I feel that was done because they had 3 Sundays to fill before the new season of Poldark! That’s the sort of consideration I think they take when it comes to a property that has less media attention.


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