BBC One’s upcoming Les Misérables series will apparently be a more “faithful” adaptation than the musical.
The makers of this year’s acclaimed War and Peace series will adapt Victor Hugo’s a 19th century classic over six one-hour episodes.
BBC One’s Les Misérables “will bring to life a vast and unforgettable cast of characters and tell the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict unable to escape the shadow of his past life, and his relentless pursuit by the chilling police officer Javert.”
Andrew Davies, writer of BBC One’s War and Peace series, will “delve deep into the many layers of Hugo’s story.”
He commented: “Les Misérables 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 and Peace.”
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, added: “Andrew Davies’ extraordinary skill for adaptation will bring the world-famous Les Misérables 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 and Peace in this epic tale of redemption and the healing power of love.”
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