Margaret Atwood must be positively beaming right now. The Booker-prize winning Canadian author's extensive body of work is currently the toast of Hollywood, thanks to the critically lauded Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale and now an upcoming Netflix series based on her 1996 novel Alias Grace. Although it's the not the first time her work has been adapted to screen, our current obsession with long-form TV via streaming services like Netflix and Stan is seemingly the perfect format to explore the complexities of a contemporary work of fiction.

But don't be fooled by thinking Alias Grace is anything like the dystopian doomsday drama of The Handmaid's Tale - Atwood is no one trick pony writer. Alias Grace is a work of historical fiction, based on the real-life double murders of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper/mistress Nancy Montgomery in Canada in 1843. The titular character in the book is the Irish servant Grace Marks, who was convicted of both murders alongside stable hand James McDermott.

Told as a series of flashbacks and stitched-together memories, this six-part series stars Sarah Gadon, Anna Paquin and Edward Holcroft. With Atwood and acclaimed actress/director Sarah Polley on board as writers, we're expecting this to be Peak TV at its finest. Watch the teaser below. 

Alias Grace screens on Netflix from November 3. 

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