BBC One orders new television adaptation of Les Misérables
BBC One has commissioned a six-part television adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.
The story is best known for the record-breaking musical it inspired, which is today the longest running show in London’s West End and in 2012 was adapted into an Oscar-winning film with an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
The television adaptation will be a more faithful adaptation of the French writer’s most famous works, without the inclusion of singing. It will be adapted by Andrew Davies, who was the man behind the BBC’s successful adaptation of Russian classic novel War and Peace earlier this year.
The series tells the story of Jean Valjean, a nineteenth century former convict who escapes from the law and builds a new life for himself and his adopted daughter – only to find themselves at the forefront of the historic June Rebellion in Paris in 1832.
BBC Director of content Charlotte Moore, who commissioned the series, said: “BBC One viewers can expect the same quality and scale from the team behind War and Peace in this epic tale of redemption and the healing power of love.”
Producer Harvey Weinstein said Les Misérables would be “an intense and serious drama that will find contemporary relevance to what’s going on in the world today”.
He continued: “I think the BBC and Weinstein Television collaboration are a new paradigm in the telling of classics – they’re modern and yet respectful. With the exception of James Bond, nobody does it better than Andrew Davies.”