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There's no doubt that one of the biggest TV hits of 2017 has been Hulu's adaptation of the Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. And luckily fans of the series who are hungry for more top quality, female-led drama need not worry, for a new Margaret Atwood adaptation will soon be released on Netflix.

Alias Grace is the latest Atwood novel to be turned into a TV spectacular, taking the form of a six-hour miniseries which looks both captivating and tense af. The series follows Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant working as a domestic servant in Canada, who is convicted of the murder of her employer. Check out the trailer below:

Atwood's book is based on the true story of Grace Marks (played in the series by Canadian actor Sarah Gadon), however the author took liberties when writing her novel — including inventing the character of Dr. Simon Jordan (played by Edward Holcroft). When it was first published in 1996 Alias Grace won the Canadian Giller Prize, and it was also shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Check out the official Netflix synopsis:

The story of Alias Grace follows Grace Marks, a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, in 1843. James was hanged while Grace was sentenced to life imprisonment. Grace became one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of 1840s Canada for her supposed role in the sensational double murder, and was eventually exonerated after 30 years in jail. Her conviction was controversial, and sparked much debate about whether Grace was actually involved in the murder, or merely an unwitting accessory.

While will be available for a worldwide audience on from November 3, as the series is a Canadian production it will first screen on Canadian network CBC Television starting September 25 2017.

Will you be watching Alias Grace?


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