BBC announces six-part ‘Les Misérables’ adaptation

The show has the backing of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein

The BBC will make a six-part adaptation of ‘Les Misérables’, it has been announced.

The new six-hour production, which has the backing of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, will focus on the tale of Victor Hugo’s classic novel, as opposed to the award winning musical.

Weinstein described the book as ‘one of the greatest novels of all time’, and said that it had a ‘contemporary relevance.’

Screenwriter Andrew Davies, who produced House of Cards for Netflix, is on writing duties for the project.

He said: “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.”

The show will be a collaborative effort between BBC Studios and independent producer Lookout Point, along with Weinstein TV.

In a statement, Harvey Weinstein said: “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’m thrilled to be reunited with Faith Penhale and Simon Vaughan, my partners from War and Peace, with Charlotte Moore from the BBC, and of course, with Andrew Davies who wrote War and Peace.”

The show is expected to hit screens next year.