Drama The Miniaturist to film in the Netherlands
Three-part period drama The Miniaturist has started filming and will shoot in the Netherlands and in the UK for the BBC.
Based on the 2014 novel by Jessie Burton, the series is set in late-17th century Amsterdam and follows an impoverished woman from the Dutch countryside who marries into a wealthy family in the city.
The woman is given a doll’s house as a present from her new husband, but then a local miniaturist starts sending her realistic additions to the house that seem to predict the family’s future.
“I read and pursued The Miniaturist in manuscript for over a year before publication, so utterly passionate was I about its astoundingly beauty and its rich and diverse characters,” said Kate Sinclair, an executive producer with London-based production company The Forge, when the drama adaptation was first announced.
“Jessie has created an exquisite gem, making the world of seventeenth century Amsterdam live and breathe in incredible detail whilst also delivering a fast-paced thriller full of intrigue and dark secrets.
“[Screenwriter] John Brownlow has done a wonderful adaptation and I feel privileged to be making this for the BBC. Think Wolf Hall meets Tulip Fever.”
The Netherlands offers a 30% rebate as a filming incentive, although the support programme is restricted to films and feature documentaries.
Television productions filming in the UK are supported by a dedicated TV tax credit that has helped turn London into one of the world’s top production hubs.
For more on filming in the Netherlands see our production guide.