Margaret Atwood is having a major small screen moment. Following the raved-about production of The Handmaid’s Tale, another of her award-winning novels has been given the TV treatment – this time, by Netflix. Atwood’s 1996 novel Alias Grace is set to hit our screens as a six-hour miniseries, and here’s why you really ought to bookmark it…
What’s the premise?
The historical tale follows Grace Marks, a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott, has been convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, in 1843.
Who stars in it?
Sarah Gadon (best known for her role in Dracula Untold) will star as Grace, Anna Paquin (True Blood) will play murdered housekeeper Nancy Grace Marks and Kerr Logan (Game Of Thrones) plays James McDermott
Is it similar to The Handmaid’s Tale?
In Alias Grace, Atwood also explores how women are treated by society – namely, how we view women suspected of a crime and the media’s double standards when it comes to discussing male and female criminals.
“When there are crimes of violence, involving both a man and a woman, it usually goes as follows: nobody ever says the man is a nice guy, but opinion often splits about the woman,” she told The Guardian.
Atwood’s story is actually based on real life events. Marks, McDermott, Kinnear and Montgomery were all real people, and Marks and McDermott really were convicted of the latter’s murders. However, Atwood also added in some fictional characters to her story including Simon Jordan, a doctor who sets out to research Marks’ case.
When does it air?
Alias Grace will be available to watch in full on Netflix on Tuesday 3rd November.
Take a look at the gripping trailer here…
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