The trailer for the new Les Misérables TV series is here
Victor Hugo’s 1862 historical novel Les Misérables is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential works of the 19th century – though people today are likely to be more familiar with the powerhouse stage musical or the 2012 movie starring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman.
While these adaptations are famous for the sung-through rivalry of Jean Valjean versus Javer against a backdrop of French poverty and civic unrest, they offer only a ‘fragmentary outline’ of Hugo’s 1400 page magnum opus. That is, according to Andrew Davies, screenwriter of the upcoming BBC adaptation, a six part series that is taking Les Mis back to its roots.
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[The show] will vividly and faithfully bring to life the vibrant and engaging characters, the spectacular and authentic imagery and, above all, the incredible yet accessible story that was Hugo’s lifework.
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While many fans may be lamenting the loss of iconic hit songs such as I Dreamed a Dream and Do You Hear the People Sing? the BBC is promising a refreshing return to the intricacies of the original novel, delving even deeper into this story of love, revolution, and survival.
The series will feature a range of British stars including David Oyelowo as Javert, Dominic West as Jean Valjean, and Lily Collins as Fantine.
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