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The Miniaturist review

Aliya Whiteley Dec 27, 2017

Spoilers ahead in or review of BBC One's sumptuous Christmas drama, The Miniaturist...

This review contains spoilers.

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Boxing Day evening has become a strong slot to kick off dark BBC drama, with two excellent Agatha Christie adaptations being shown in recent years that have relished in the kind of misdeeds that suit the post-gift comedown. This year we had a break from the golden era of crime for something contemporary: Jessie Burton’s bestselling novel The Miniaturist, published in 2014, adapted for the screen by John Brownlow. Still firmly in the realm of mystery, this was not about murder, but offered a very intriguing set of puzzles to be solved - although the answer were, perhaps, less suited to the screen than the page.

Some elements were a gift to the eyes: seventeenth century Amsterdam brings to mind the paintings of masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer,
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Amazon open to smaller indie pitches in UK

SVoD service is keen for smaller UK TV indies to pitch ideas.

Amazon Prime Video is opening its doors to smaller UK indies and “boutique” producers as part of the next stage of growth.

The SVoD service is keen for fledgling producers and filmmakers to pitch projects to sit alongside ideas from high-end, Hollywood-backed firms.

Head of international originals Morgan Wandell told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast: “We are very open. Sometimes, the most original voices and distinctive filmmakers come from boutiques or the independent film world. We love that kind of talent.”

Last month, the digital streaming service ordered Le Mans: Racing Is Everything from New Black Films.

The series, commissioned by head of unscripted Conrad Riggs, tells the story of the gruelling 24-hour race, which was founded in 1923.

The indie, run by Senna line producer Victoria Gregory and director James Erskine, is one of the first British producers to win a factual commission from Amazon
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Ranking Amazon's 2017 Spring Pilots: The Good, the Bad and the Genuinely Wtf

Ranking Amazon's 2017 Spring Pilots: The Good, the Bad and the Genuinely Wtf
Another season, another batch of Amazon pilots – it's the gift that keeps on giving. In the spirit of a true democracy (feel free to add your own cynical popular-vote joke here), the streaming service will offer up a number of first episodes for maybe-possibly future shows. The audience gets to decide what series should get full orders. You may get the next Transparent; you may get a burning pile of trash. Regardless, it's the viewer who gives these would-be TV classics the thumbs up, thumbs down, or sideways-thumbs-across-the-throat gesture. You
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Amazon Pilot Reviews: All the 2017 Entries, Ranked Worst to Best

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Amazon Pilot Reviews: All the 2017 Entries, Ranked Worst to Best
Amazon released five new pilots on Friday, and it’s up to viewers to determine which ones get picked up. “The Legend of Master Legend,” “Budding Prospects,” “The New V.I.P.’s,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Oasis” make up the 2017 Amazon pilot season. Some are good, some are bad, but the power lies with all of us to determine which are worthy of a full season order. Read our reviews below to get a little insight into each offering, and watch the episodes for yourself right here.

The Legend of Master Legend

John Hawkes can’t catch a break. When he nabbed the lead in Charlie Kaufman’s FX pilot — Charlie Kaufman — it didn’t get picked up. He landed an Oscar nomination for “The Sessions,” but his follow-ups have meant diddly-squat comparatively. Sure, he stole a few scenes in “Lincoln” and got to take part in Amy Schumer’s amazing sketch,
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Amazon Pilots: Amy Sherman-Palladino’s ‘Gilmore Girls’ Follow-Up and a ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Goes to Space

Amazon is delivering some prime content (see what we did there?) for its spring season of pilots.

On March 17, the streaming service will launch its new pilot season, which will consist of two hourlong pilots and three half-hour pilots. Amazon claims that after watching the pilots, its customers can review them, which offers feedback on which series will become the next Amazon Original Series.

Read More: Amazon Pilot Reviews: ‘The Tick,’ Jillo Soloway’s ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson,’ Ranked

Check out first-look photos and a rundown of each of the pilots below:

Oasis

Good-bye, Robb Stark. Hello, space chaplain! “Game of Thrones” star Richard Madden trades his winter furs for a clerical collar to play an English pastor who must leave his wife and become a missionary, based on the Michel Faber sci-fi novel “The Book of Strange New Things.” Instead of being sent to a new country though,
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Amazon Sets 2017 Pilot Season Lineup With Projects From Amy Sherman-Palladino, ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors

Amazon Sets 2017 Pilot Season Lineup With Projects From Amy Sherman-Palladino, ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors
Amazon’s 2017 pilot season will kick off on March 17, Variety has learned.

The streaming service will put up five pilots — two hourlongs and three half-hours. One of the hourlongs, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” comes from “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino; the other, “Oasis,” boasts both Richard Madden and Mark Addy from “Game of Thrones.” Amazon is also entering the adult animated space with “The New V.I.P.’s” from “The Life and Times of Tim” creator Steve Dildarian.

Here’s a full rundown of what Amazon users will be able to vote on starting March 17:

Hourlongs:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

It’s 1958 Manhattan and Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan, “House of Cards)” has everything she’s ever wanted — the perfect husband, two kids, and an elegant Upper West Side apartment perfect for hosting Yom Kippur dinner. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent
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'Bridge Of Spies' writer to adapt spy novel 'M: Maxwell Knight' for TV

'Bridge Of Spies' writer to adapt spy novel 'M: Maxwell Knight' for TV
Forthcoming novel chronicles real life story of the man who was the inspiration for the character M in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels.

Poldark producer Mammoth Screen is to adapt Henry Hemming’s upcoming non-fiction book M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster.

The ITV-owned indie optioned the rights to the spy book from Gemma Hirst Associates on behalf of the Jonathan Conway Literary Agency.

Bridge Of Spies writer Matt Charman is adapting the book as a series and the deal includes the option for two further projects.

M tells the story of MI5’s Maxwell Knight, a spymaster who helped break up British fascism during the Second World War.

The character is the inspiration of the agent in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, most recently played on screen by Judi Dench in films including Quantum Of Solace and Ralph Fiennes in Spectre.

The book will be published Preface in the UK on 4 May and by
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How Does ‘Jackie’ Composer Micachu Fit Into the Brief History of Women in the Best Original Score Category?

Micachu (Courtesy: Daniel Bergeron Photography)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

When it comes to the world of composing for films, it’s most definitely a man’s world — but this year there’s one woman who is a part of the conversation: Mica Levi, a.k.a. Micachu. Let’s get to know the 29-year-old talent that is garnering Oscar attention this year for working on Jackie and see where this talent fits into Academy Awards history.

Micachu, the daughter of two musicians who began writing and playing music at the age of four, is an English multihyphenate — singer, songwriter, composer, and producer — best known for creating experimental music in the band Micachu & The Shapes. The Surrey native has released six mixtapes, six albums (two of which were soundtracks — more on those later), and, while at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, even wrote an orchestral piece for the London Philharmonic Orchestra
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'The Crown' producer lifts lid on Netflix, Amazon collaborations

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'The Crown' producer lifts lid on Netflix, Amazon collaborations
Pilot for upcoming Amazon sci-fi costs $15m.

Left Bank Pictures CEO Andy Harries has lifted the lid on what it is like working with Netflix, the famously secretive online giant which fully-financed the company’s £100m series about the royal family, The Crown.

During a Screen Film Summit session about high-end TV, Harries described the Svod service as “the most supportive and hands-off – while also being available – partner I have ever worked with.”

However, even after Netflix committed to the show during its first meeting with Harries, writer Peter Morgan and director Stephen Daldry, it will not disclose to the producer how the series has performed on the service.

“We absolutely don’t know how it’s doing,” he admitted. “We have no indication on how it has done. I’m not sure they will ever tell us. I’ve asked them. We’ll have to wait to see its next trading results to maybe get a sense
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Amazon’s ‘Book of Strange New Things’ Pilot Casts Anil Kapoor

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Amazon’s ‘Book of Strange New Things’ Pilot Casts Anil Kapoor
Bollywood legend Anil Kapoor has been cast in the pilot for Amazon’s adaptation of “The Book of Strange New Things.” Based on the cult novel by Michel Faber, “Book of Strange New Things” concerns a priest who is sent into space to help form a new colony but instead winds up making some unpleasant, even terrifying discoveries. Kapoor will play Vikram Danesh, leader of the Oasis base visited by the priest. To American audiences, Kapoor is best known for playing the game show host in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire.” He was also seen on Season 8 of the Fox political thriller.
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Anil Kapoor Joins Amazon Pilot Based On ‘Book Of Strange New Things’

Renowned Indian actor and producer Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire, 24) has been tapped for a key role in Amazon's upcoming sci-fi drama pilot based on Michel Faber's cult hit book The Book of Strange New Things. Kapoor will play Vikram Danesh, the authoritative head of the base on Oasis, joining previously announced Richard Madden and Haley Joel Osment. The still untitled TV adaptation follows a priest who is sent into space to help found a new colony but what he ends…
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TVLine Items: Dirk Gently Renewed, Showtime's Twin Peaks Binge and More

BBC America is keeping things weird: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency will return for a second season.

The network announced Monday it’s renewing the surreal mystery series, which stars Samuel Barnett as the titular detective and Elijah Wood as his reluctant sidekick. Dirk‘s freshman season wraps up Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9/8c.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Showtime will make the first two seasons of the cult ’90s hit Twin Peaks available for binge-watching starting Monday, Dec. 26, via its streaming service, on-demand and the Showtime Anytime app. This will serve as a warm-up for
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Haley Joel Osment joins Richard Madden in Amazon’s The Book of Strange New Things

Deadline is reporting that Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense, Yoga Hosers) is joining Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Cinderella) in the cast of Amazon’s sci-fi drama pilot The Book of Strange New Things.

The Book of Strange New Things follows a priest called Peter (Madden) who is sent into space to help found a new colony but what he ends up discovering not only puts his faith to the test but life as we know it. Osment will portray the character of Sy, “a man who used to grow large quantities of marijuana before being recruited to work on the new colony as chief botanist.

The pilot, which is based upon Michel Faber’s novel, has been scripted by Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies), with Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) set to direct.
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Haley Joel Osment Embarks On ‘Strange New Things’ At Amazon

Exclusive: Haley Joel Osment has been cast in Amazon’s sci-fi drama pilot based on The Book of Strange New Things, Michel Faber's cult hit novel. Osment joins Richard Madden, who will topline the potential series, which Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies) is writing and executive producing and Andy Harries and Lila Rawlings are producing. Kevin Macdonald is directing the hourlong pilot being produced by Amazon Studios and Left Bank Productions. The still-untitled TV adaptation…
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Richard Madden set for Amazon sci-fi pilot Strange New Things

Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden has signed on to appear in the Amazon sci-fi pilot Strange New Things, an adaptation of Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things, which is being directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) from a script by Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies).

Strange New Things will follow a priest named Peter, played by Madden, “who is sent into space to help found a new colony but what he ends up discovering not only puts his faith to the test but life as we know it.”

Following his role as Robb Stark in Game of Thrones, Madden has appeared in several films, including Cinderella and Bastille Day, and will return to the small screen later this year alongside Dustin Hoffman in the eight-part drama Medici: Masters of Florence.
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Richard Madden is a surprising choice for ‘Strange New Things’ role

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Robb Stark is set to travel to another galaxy. Richard Madden will star in Amazon’s pilot The Book of Strange New Things as Peter Leigh, a pastor who leaves behind Earth (and his wife, Beatrice) to be a missionary to the native population of a distant planet called Oasis. TVLine first reported the news that the Game of Thrones alum had been cast. The Amazon project is based on the 2014 novel of the same title by Michel Faber. No, it is not Amazon’s sneaky way to capitalize on the popularity of Stranger Things. “The Book of Strange New Things” is what the Oasans call the Bible. Having read the novel, my first instinct upon seeing this casting news is “that’s not at all how I pictured Peter.” This guy played Prince Charming and Romeo (both for director Kenneth Branagh). Peter is no Prince Charming, as anyone who
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Game Of Thrones Alum Richard Madden Will Star In Amazon’s Book Of Strange New Things

Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden has lined up his next TV role with Amazon’s The Book of Strange New Things. The sci-fi drama is based on Michel Faber’s popular novel of the same name, and like most shows which hit the online streaming service, it’s thought that a pilot will be shot and rated by viewers before it’s picked up for a full series.

According to Deadline, the show revolves around Peter (Madden), a priest who is sent into space to help found a new colony, but what he ends up discovering not only puts his faith to the test but all of life as we know it. It’s an interesting premise, and having a religious edge like this promises to lend The Book of Strange New Things a different feel to most other stories in the genre.

In addition to Madden, the adaptation
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Richard Madden To Star In Amazon Sci-Fi Pilot Based On ‘Book Of Strange New Things’

Game of ThronesRichard Madden has been tapped to star Amazon’s upcoming sci-fi drama pilot based on Michel Faber’s cult hit book The Book of Strange New Things. The project follows Peter (Madden), a priest, who is sent into space to help found a new colony but what he ends up discovering not only puts his faith to the test but life as we know it. Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies) is writing and Andy Harries (Strike Back) and Lila Rawlings (Left Bank Productions) are…
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Game of Thrones' Richard Madden to Headline Amazon's Sci-Fi-Themed Pilot Strange New Things

Game of Thrones' Richard Madden to Headline Amazon's Sci-Fi-Themed Pilot Strange New Things
Game of ThronesRichard Madden is shooting for the moon with his latest TV gig.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the actor formerly known as Robb Stark has signed on to star in Strange New Things, Amazon’s ambitious drama pilot set in outer space. Based on Michel Faber’s celebrated 2014 novel The Book Of Strange New Things, project — which is being eyed as a 10-episode event series — centers on a soulful, intense priest (Madden) who leaves his wife to travel to a distant planet/colony to preach to the native population.

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Strange New Things: Amazon Orders Pilot Based on Michel Faber Book

[caption id="attachment_50455" align="aligncenter" width="367"] The Book of Strange New Things, by Michel Faber. Image courtesy of Penguin Random House./caption]

Deadline reports Amazon has ordered the Strange New Things TV show pilot, based on The Book of Strange New Things, by Dutch writer Michel Faber.

The sci-fi drama pilot comes from from writer Matt Charman and director Kevin MacDonald. Strange New Things hails from from Amazon Studios with UK’s Left Bank Pictures co-producing. Charman and MacDonald are executive producing with Andy Harries.

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