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Production Begins on Miniseries ‘Alias Grace’

'Alias Grace' will be broadcast in Canada on CBC and will stream everywhere globally on Netflix

Halfire Entertainment, CBC and Netflix announced that production will begin on “Alias Grace,” a six-hour miniseries inspired by the historical true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks and based on the novel by Margaret Atwood. The miniseries is being written and produced by Sarah Polley (“Looking for Alaska”) and will be directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho”), with production scheduled to begin in Ontario in August 2016. “Alias Grace” will be broadcast in Canada on CBC and will stream everywhere globally on Netflix.

The logline: 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.


Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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