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Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes

Screen adaptation of Tracy Chevalier's bestselling novel, inspired by the Johannes Vermeer painting of the same name. Set in mid-17th century Delft, Holland, 17-year-old Griet is forced into servanthood when her father suffers an accident and becomes unable to work. She is taken on at the Vermeer household, where her presence immediately provokes hostility from members of the family - particularly the artist's wife and eldest daughter - when she starts to forge an understanding with her mysterious master.

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Wed 23 Apr 2014 21:00 BBC Four

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Johannes Vermeer
Colin Firth
Scarlett Johansson
Pieter Van Ruijven
Tom Wilkinson
Maria Thins
Judy Parfitt
Cillian Murphy
Catherina Bolnes Vermeer
Essie Davis
Joanna Scanlan
Cornelia Vermeer
Alakina Mann
Griet's Father
Chris McHallem
Griet's Mother
Gabrielle Reidy
Rollo Weeks
Anna Popplewell
Peter Webber
Andy Paterson
Anand Tucker
Tracy Chevalier
Olivia Hetreed


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