IT was inevitable after became one of the runaway successes of this year, that more of Margaret Atwood’s rich back-catalogue would be mined for TV adaptations and Alias Grace is certainly one of her best. The story of Grace Marks, a notorious 18th century murderer who emigrated to Canada from Ireland, is told from her own perspective and that of the doctor who visits her in prison, helping her to reconstruct her dreams and memories. This create doubts about Grace’s guilt as we hear of the same cataclysmic event from different angles, each of which seems to be the truth. It is this ambivalence that drives both the book and this adaptation. Sarah Gadon shines here as Grace and Anna Paquin, the winsome child from The Piano all grown up, is excellent support. The mix of gothic horror, historical drama and social commentary that enthralled Atwood’s readers translates with surprising ease to the small screen.