WATCH: The Trailer For The TV Adaptation Of The Tattooist Of Auschwitz Has Landed

By Martha Davies

3 months ago

The series will premiere in May

If you were a fan of Heather Morris’ bestselling novel, The Tattooist Of Auschwitz, you’ll likely be awaiting news of the highly-anticipated TV adaptation – and first-look images have just dropped. Featuring a score by Hans Zimmer and Kara Talve, the show is set to be a hit.

The Tattooist Of Auschwitz TV Adaptation

The Trailer

What Is The Tattooist Of Auschwitz About?

The Tattooist Of Auschwitz centres on Lale Sokolov (altered to Lali in the TV series), a Slovakian Jew sent to Auschwitz in 1942. Tasked with tattooing identification numbers onto the arms of new prisoners, Lale meets and instantly falls in love with Gita, a fellow inmate. Under the brutal watch of Nazi guards at the camp, the pair fight to keep each other – and their relationship – alive.

Based on Heather Morris’ novel of the same name, the TV series adds another dimension to this tale by transporting viewers to the post-war period, when Lale meets Heather and recounts his past. It’s during his conversations with Heather that Lale – now in his 80s – relives his memories of Auschwitz and his love story with Gita.

Is It A True Story?

The Tattooist Of Auschwitz is indeed based on a true story, and Lale was a real man who sadly passed away in 2006. A mutual friend of author Heather and Lale’s son proposed the idea to Heather, who thought it would make for a good screenplay. Heather met with Lale frequently over the last three years of his life, during which he recounted his story about his time with Gita in Auschwitz, delving into the trauma, pain and survivor guilt he experienced. While the novel tells Lale’s story, the TV series flashes forward to these true conversations between Lale and Heather as a framing narrative.

Jonah Hauer-King as Lali Sokolov meets Anna Próchniak as Gita Furman in The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Jonah Hauer-King as Lali Sokolov meets Anna Próchniak as Gita Furman for the first time (Credit: © Martin Mlaka / Sky UK)

The Cast

  • Jonah Hauer-King as younger Lali Sokolov
  • Harvey Keitel as the modern-day Lali Sokolov
  • Anna Próchniak as Gita Furman
  • Melanie Lynskey as Heather Morris
  • Jonas Nay as SS officer Stefan Baretzki
  • Yali Topol Margalith as Cilka

First Look

Jonah Hauer-King playing Lali Sokolov, boarding the train to Auschwitz

Release Date

The Tattooist of Auschwitz will air on Thursday 2 May 2024.

Where Is The Tattooist Auschwitz Streaming?

The Tattooist of Auschwitz will premiere on 2 May 2024 on Sky Atlantic in the UK & Ireland, and Peacock in the US. It will then stream on NOW.