Well, I was just thinking that we need another “Les Miserables,” and now it turns out that “Masterpiece” and the BBC are about to make one more version of the Victor Hugo classic.
Yeah, I’m being facetious, but the more I’ve learned about this adaptation, the more I’m open to it. The script for the six-parter is by Andrew Davies, for one thing. Davies has done some extraordinary work adapting classics, including “Bleak House,” “The Way We Live Now,” and the 1995 “Pride and Prejudice” (the Colin Firth one). According to a statement from “Masterpiece,” “Davies will go back to the original novel and delve deep into the many layers of Hugo’s story, reveling in Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse relationship, against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest.”
And then the cast is pretty promising. Dominic West from “The Wire” and “The Affair” will be Jean Valjean, Lily Collins of “Rules Don’t Apply” will be Fantine, David Oyelowo of “Selma” will be Javert, and Olivia Colman, who will take over the role of Queen Elizabeth from Claire Foy in next season’s “The Crown,” will be Madame Thenardier.
Oh yeah, and no songs this time around.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.