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Peacock’s ‘Noughts + Crosses’ Doesn’t Live Up to the Power of Its Premise

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On paper, Peacock’s Noughts + Crosses should have been a buzzy summer hit – a cultural conversation starter a la Hulu’s The Handmaid's Tale that arrived at a perfect and necessary moment, pushing its viewers toward necessary conversations about issues of race and cultural privilege. In actuality, the drama squanders a truly original premise and setting on the altar of flat characters and a pointlessly forced romance.

Get Your First Look at Period Drama ‘The Miniaturist’

Romola Garai and Anna Taylor-Joy in "The Miniaturist" (Photo: Courtesy of The BBC/MASTERPIECE)

The BBC has released two clips from upcoming period drama The Miniaturist, a tense, lush-looking series based on the mega-popular novel of the same name by Jessie Burton. The three-part drama is a Masterpiece co-production, meaning that it’ll be heading to the U.S. next year on PBS.

The Miniaturist follows the story of a young woman in 17th century Amsterdam who, excited for her new life as the wife of a prosperous merchant, finds herself in a world of betrayal and fear instead.

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