BBC to develop Les Mis TV show

By Nathaniel Dalby - Thu 23rd Nov 2017 News

Les Mis is set to hit the small screen. 

The BBC has revealed that it will begin work on a TV version of Les Miserables

Industry insiders claimed that the BBC will begin shooting next year , with Welsh writer Andrew Davies writing the series. 

Davies has credits on both Bridget Jones’s Diary and more recently, House of Cards

The show is set to be a straight drama adaptation of the 1862 novel, rather than an attempt to ape the more famous musical version.

Les Miserables has been adapted into a number of forms, most famously the stage musical. 2012 saw a star-studded film version of the musical release to critical acclaim, with Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried all starring and singing (to various degrees of success). 

A dramatic version of the story was also released as a film in 1998 and starred Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush and Uma Thurman.

The upcoming BBC series will presumably be more like that version than the 2012 film. 

Despite the news about the development of the show, there is still little information about casting and potential air dates.

The only other details at this point is that the series will take the form of six hour-long episodes, which is standard for BBC series. 

The BBC has enjoyed a successful year of drama in 2017, with the acclaimed Line of Duty and Peaky Blinders returning for 4th series as well as The Gunpowder Plot stirring conversations due to its graphic violence. 

You can watch the 2012 version of Les Miserables on Netflix now.

Source: Screen Rant