BBC Plans Non-Musical “Les Miserables” Series

The BBC has announced that they are developing a new six-part mini-series adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th century classic novel “Les Miserables” for BBC One and Weinstein Television. Much of the same team behind their recent “War and Peace” adaptation are also involved.

The new production is not based on the famed musical, instead writer Andrew Davies is going back to the original novel. He will go deeper into the original story of former convict Jean Valjean and chilling police officer Javert’s cat-and-mouse relationship against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said in a statement: “Andrew Davies’ extraordinary skill for adaptation will bring the world famous Les Miserables into powerful focus for a modern audience with a multi-layered re-telling of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. BBC One viewers can expect the same quality and scale from the team behind ‘War & Peace’ in this epic tale of redemption and the healing power of love.”

Andrew Davies adds: “‘Les Miserables’ is a huge iconic title. Most of us are familiar with the musical version which only offers a fragmentary outline of its story. I am thrilled to have the opportunity of doing real justice to Victor Hugo at last by adapting his masterpiece in a six hour version for the BBC, with the same team who made War & Peace.”

Weinstein Television will distribute the series in the US and China with an option for Canada.

Source BBC Studios