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Episode #1.1 

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In 1686 teen-aged Petronella "Nella" Oortman agrees to marry wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt to save the family fortunes - and arrives at the Amsterdam house he shares with his devout, ... See full summary »


Guillem Morales


Jessie Burton (based on the novel by), John Brownlow (screenplay by)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anya Taylor-Joy ... Petronella Brandt
Romola Garai ... Marin Brandt
Hayley Squires ... Cornelia
Paapa Essiedu ... Otto
Katy Carmichael ... Anna Oortman
Lucas Bond ... Carel Oortman
Lara Bond Lara Bond ... Arabella Oortman
Alex Hassell ... Johannes Brandt
Sally Messham ... Hanna
Caolan Byrne ... Arnoud
Emily Berrington ... The Miniaturist
Ziggy Heath ... Jack Philips
Aislín McGuckin ... Agnes Meermans
Geoffrey Streatfeild Geoffrey Streatfeild ... Frans Meermans
Ian Hogg ... Pieter Slabbaert


In 1686 teen-aged Petronella "Nella" Oortman agrees to marry wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt to save the family fortunes - and arrives at the Amsterdam house he shares with his devout, austere sister Marin and servants Cornelia and Otto. As a wedding present Johannes gives her a dolls' house, a replica of his own home, which she furnishes with beautiful tiny items sent by an anonymous miniaturist who seems to know a lot about the house. More, unsolicited items follow, including figurines of Marin and Johannes. Johannes seems unwilling to consummate the marriage, and Nella soon discovers his secret as more miniature likenesses are sent, including one of Johannes' lover Jack Philips, who unwisely visits during one of Johannes' many business trips. On his return Nella discovers her husband's secret and the plan of his enemies, sugar sellers Agnes and Frans Meermans, to expose his sexuality - leading to his flight. Then Nella gets another shock. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery



Did You Know?


Canal houses in Amsterdam always have steps leading up to the front door. They usually have steps leading down to a basement/cellar as well, but the ground floor of the houses are never on the same level as the canal -as this one was depicted. Major mistake. Also the steps up to the front door are often mentioned in the novel, as they are a feature of the house. See more »


[last lines]
Marin Brandt: Go away!
Petronella Brandt: What is that in your hand?
Marin Brandt: I said go away!
Petronella Brandt: What is it?
Marin Brandt: Nothing.
[Marin tries quickly to drink from the goblet but Nella slaps it out of Marin's hands, spilling its contents]
Marin Brandt: No, you had no right! You understand nothing!
Petronella Brandt: I understand everything. Johannes will be safe. And even if they catch him, I have a list of names. We will sell the sugar and it will all be fine.
Marin Brandt: Oh, you stupid, stupid girl... Don't you see? It's not about him.
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Crazy Credits

The cast list in the closing titles of this episode includes credits for Petronella's parakeet Peebo and Johannes' dog Rzecki: "Peebo .... Polly" "Rzecki .... Mr Scraps" See more »

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Beautiful opening episode.
20 September 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

This incredibly different, and unusual drama opens up with a brilliant feature length episode, it follows the story of Petronella, who's coerced into a marriage by her impoverished parents, we learn of the life that awaits her in Amsterdam, and witness the exquisite doll's house she receives from her husband.

I thought this opener was brilliant, it was a lavish drama, stunningly filmed, well acted, but it was the story itself that captivated, after the first twenty minutes or so I had expected a ghost story, but instead got an incredibly unusual romance, with a difference.

The plot was definitely deep, complex, but the art of storytelling was very evident here, like no other costume drama I can think of. Anya Taylor-Joy was nothing short of sublime, her English accent was spot on.

Why would you not love this? 9/10

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26 December 2017 (UK) See more »

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