Magazine article Screen International

Weinstein TV, BBC Team on 'Les Miserables'

Magazine article Screen International

Weinstein TV, BBC Team on 'Les Miserables'

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BBC1 has commissioned a six-part adaptation of Victor Hugo's 19th century classic Les Misérables from the team behind War & Peace [pictured].

The 6 x 60-minute series will be adapted by War And Peace screenwriter Andrew Davies and co-produced by the drama's producers Lookout Point and BBC Studios, in association with Weinstein Television.

Lookout Point first mooted the second Weinstein collaboration back in February after War And Peace closed with a consolidated average audience of 7.1m (24.3%).

The series will tell the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict unable to escape the shadow of his past life, and his relentless pursuit by the chilling police officer Javert, against the backdrop of civil unrest in France.

The series was commissioned by director of content Charlotte Moore and acting drama of BBC drama commissioning Lucy Richer.

The executive producers will be Davies, Bethan Jones for BBC Studios, Faith Penhale and Simon Vaughan for Lookout Point and Harvey Weinstein.

BBC Worldwide will distribute the series, with Weinstein Television distributing in US and China.

Penhale joined Lookout Point in February to spearhead the company's move into creative production, having originally been an international financing entity. …

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