Following the hugely popular adaptation of Atwood's feminist dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale for American streaming service Hulu, and the subsequent announcement that the show would be arriving on Channel 4 this May – and the news that the author would be talking at the Southbank Centre later in they year – Netflix has jumped on to the Atwood bandwagon with the announcement of its own miniseries based on Atwood's 1996 novel Alias Grace.
Atwood's novel centers on the deaths of Thomas Kinnear and his pregnant housekeeper-mistress, Nancy Montgomery, in 1843. Kinnear was allegedly killed by two of his servants, Grace Marks and James McDermott, in Upper Canada – what is now Ontario.
Both Marks and McDermott were convicted, although the guilt of the beautiful, young Marks was always in doubt. After 30 years in prison, she was exonerated.
Rumour has it (according to Entertainment Weekly) that True Blood's Anna Paquin will take on the role of Montgomery. She will hopefully be accompanied by Sarah Gadon, Kerr Logan and Paul Gross.
|What||Netflix releases its own Margaret Atwood adaptation|
|Where||UK Netflix | MAP|
31 Jul 17 – 30 Sep 17, Dates and times tbd