Indie director Todd Haynes’ first foray into TV, Mildred Pearce, is due to screen on HBO this month, followed by an appearance on the new UK channel Sky Atlantic.

Based on the 1941 novel of the same name, which itself was made into an Oscar-winning feature film starring Joan Crawford in 1945, the mini-series stars Kate Winslet in the title role, alongside Guy Pearce and Evan Rachel Wood as Winslet’s character’s daughter.

A poster for the show can be found below (courtesy of Bleeding Cool), along with the second trailer.

Judging by this sumptuous-looking trailer, and given the strong material and high calibre of talent attached to the project, it wouldn’t be surprising if Mildred Pearce tops the critic’s list for the best TV of 2011.