BBC One to produce six-part Les Misérables adaptation
Andrew Davies will write the series based on Victor Hugo's 19th century novel
BBC One have announced they are producing a six-part adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables.
Bridget Jones screenwriter Andrew Davies will adapt Hugo's original book for a modern audience, with the team that produced the series War and Peace.
Davies said: "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 for the BBC."
The six hour drama will be executive produced by Lookout Point and Harvey Weinstein for Weinstein Television.
Weinstien 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."
Casting and broadcast dates for the series are yet to be announced.