War & Peace Team Reunite To Adapt Les Misérables

BBC One has announced that BBC Studios and Lookout Point in association with Weinstein Television will produce a six part adaptation of Les Misérables by Andrew Davies (War & Peace). BBC Worldwide will distribute the series, with Weinstein Television handling distribution for the US and China.

Over six hours Andrew Davies will go back to the novel and will bring to life the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict unable to escape his past life, pursued by police officer Javert, against the backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest.

Andrew Davies says: “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.”

Harvey Weinstein says: “Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is one of the greatest novels of all time – and while the musical is one of my favorites this will be completely different. An intense and serious drama that will find contemporary relevance to what’s going on in the world today.”

“I think the BBC and Weinstein Television collaboration are a new paradigm in the telling of classics – they’re modern and yet respectful. And, with the exception of James Bond, nobody does it better than Andrew Davies.”