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Sarah Gadon stars as Grace Marks in the adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel Alias Grace. (Jan Thijs/CBC/Netflix)

The trailer for the miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood's book Alias Grace by Canadian actor, writer and director Sarah Polley has been released.

Premiering on CBC Television on Sept. 25, the six-hour miniseries tells the story of Grace Marks, a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in 1843 Upper Canada who finds herself accused and convicted of two murders.

The trailer shows careful attention to period sets and costumes and conveys the oppressive mores of the early Victoria era.

Canadian actress Sarah Gadon, known for her roles in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, The 9th Life of Louis Drax and Belle, will play Marks.

Polley serves as a writer and producer on the series. Her previous work behind the camera includes the critically acclaimed films Take This Waltz and Away From Her.

Alias Grace is just the latest screen adaptation of one of Margaret Atwood's books. The Handmaid's Tale, currently airing on Hulu, has been renewed for a second season.

— Del Cowie, q digital staff