BBC One’s ‘Les Misérables’ will do ‘real justice to Victor Hugo at last’

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.”

War and Peace 5 Natasha Rostov (LILY JAMES)

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.”

Are you looking forward to Les Misérables? Let us know below…

  • Victoria Sander

    Not looking forward to the Les Miserables series based on what was done with the so called acclaimed War and Peace. It was not acclaimed by Russians or anyone who has read the novel. Bad casting (ugly James Norton as Andre Bolkonsky as opposed to the Russian (Vyacheslav Tikhonov who was ideal) and the BBC should have left Lily James as Natasha in Downton Abbey where she simpered appropriately. Her died blond streaks were so wrong for the role of Natasha. Did anyone read Tolstoy’s work or were they reading from Dickens? There were many errors in setting, including the Russian military decorations and not faithful to Tolstoy. Better stay with English period dramas and history.