BBC teams with Weinstein on Les Misérables adaptation

a painting depicting the character Fantine from Les Miserables.
A painting of the character Fantine, who is is forced to sell her body, her hair and even her teeth

The BBC have teamed up with Weinstein Television to adapt Victor Hugo’s 19th century epic Les Misérables.

Scriptwriter Andrew Davies (War & Peace, House of Cards, Mr Sefridge) is adapting the novel and the same team who worked on War and Peace will be taking charge of the French classic.

The story is set against a France rife with civil unrest and highlights the plight of the underclass and their fight to survive against the odds.

Speaking to the BBC Davies 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.”

The mini-series will be made up of six one hour episodes.

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