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The BBC announces six-part adaptation of Les Miserables

21 July 2016 11:25 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BBC and Weinstein TV announced that BAFTA-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies (War and Peace) has signed on to adapt Victor Hugo’s classic novel Les Miserables as a six-part drama.

“Most of us are familiar with the musical version which only offers a fragmentary outline of its story,” states Davis. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity of doing real justice to Victor Hugo at last by adapting his masterpiece in a six hour version for the BBC, with the same team who made War and Peace.”

Andrew Davies’ extraordinary skill for adaptation will bring the world famous Les Misérables into powerful focus for a modern audience with a multi-layered re-telling of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece”, adds Charlotte Moore, director of content at the BBC. “BBC One viewers can expect the same quality and scale from the team behind War and Peace in this epic tale of redemption and the healing power of love. »

- Gary Collinson

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BBC Plans Non-Musical "Les Miserables" Series

21 July 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The BBC has announced that they are developing a new six-part mini-series adaptation of Victor Hugo's 19th century classic novel "Les Miserables" for BBC One and Weinstein Television. Much of the same team behind their recent "War and Peace" adaptation are also involved.

The new production is not based on the famed musical, instead writer Andrew Davies is going back to the original novel. He will go deeper into the original story of former convict Jean Valjean and chilling police officer Javert's cat-and-mouse relationship against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said in a statement: "Andrew Davies' extraordinary skill for adaptation will bring the world famous Les Miserables into powerful focus for a modern audience with a multi-layered re-telling of Victor Hugo's masterpiece. BBC One viewers can expect the same quality and scale from the team behind 'War »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Les Misérables’ Becoming TV Miniseries, Thanks To Weinstein Co. & BBC

21 July 2016 12:13 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables” is set to make its television debut, thanks to the Weinstein Co. and BBC. The companies announced on Thursday that they will develop a six-part miniseries of the acclaimed classic set in 19th century France.

The project will be a co-production between BBC Studios and Lookout Point for BBC One in association with Weinstein Television. Andrew Davies, who also wrote the adaptation for ‘War & Peace’ for the two companies, will write the script based on the novel that depicted French convict Jean Valjean’s struggles to escape his past while being hunted for decades over a parole violation by Inspector Javert.

Read More: Michael Keaton Biopic ‘The Founder’ Moves to December as Weinstein Juggles Awards Slate

“’Les Miserables’ is a huge iconic title,” Davies said in a release. “Most of us are familiar with the musical version which only offers a fragmentary outline of its story. »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Les Misérables’ Becoming TV Miniseries, Thanks To Weinstein Co. & BBC

21 July 2016 12:13 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables” is set to make its television debut, thanks to the Weinstein Co. and BBC. The companies announced on Thursday that they will develop a six-part miniseries of the acclaimed classic set in 19th century France.

The project will be a co-production between BBC Studios and Lookout Point for BBC One in association with Weinstein Television. Andrew Davies, who also wrote the adaptation for ‘War & Peace’ for the two companies, will write the script based on the novel that depicted French convict Jean Valjean’s struggles to escape his past while being hunted for decades over a parole violation by Inspector Javert.

Read More: Michael Keaton Biopic ‘The Founder’ Moves to December as Weinstein Juggles Awards Slate

“’Les Miserables’ is a huge iconic title,” Davies said in a release. “Most of us are familiar with the musical version which only offers a fragmentary outline of its story. »

- Liz Calvario

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BBC to make Les Misérables for TV with War and Peace team

21 July 2016 6:53 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Producer Harvey Weinstein and screenwriter Andrew Davies on board for adaptation based on novel rather than hit musical

The BBC is to make a six-part adaptation of Les Misérables with the team behind War and Peace, including producer Harvey Weinstein and screenwriter Andrew Davies.

The new six-hour drama will be based on the 19th century classic novel by Victor Hugo, rather than the award-winning musical, and will air on BBC1.

Related: Andrew Davies: my Les Misérables will be nothing like 'shoddy farrago' musical

Related: Clive James: how did the BBC’s War And Peace measure up?

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- John Plunkett

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Weinstein TV and the BBC Team Up For ‘Les Miserables’ Miniseries

21 July 2016 6:36 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Weinstein Television and the BBC are teaming up for a new version of Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables.” The six-part adaptation will be written by veteran scribe Andrew Davies, who most recently turned “War & Peace” into a six-part series for BBC and A&E Networks.

Les Misérables” will be a co-production by BBC Studios and Lookout Point for BBC One in association with Weinstein TV. Weinstein TV will be the distributor in the U.S. and China.

For those who haven’t read Hugo’s nearly 1500-page tome, or seen the movie or any of the myriad stage versions, “Les Misérables” centers on French convict Jean Valjean and his struggles to escape his past while being hunted for years over a parole violation by Inspector Javert, set against the backdrop of the uprising of 1832.

That’s only part of the story, though. “Les Misérables is a huge iconic title,” Davies said in a statement. “Most »

- Oriana Schwindt

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‘Les Miserables': BBC, Weinstein Team Up for 6-Part TV Adaptation

21 July 2016 6:18 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Les Miserables” is headed to the small-screen, thanks to the BBC, Weinsteins and screenwriter Andrew Davies. The new six-part, six-hour adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel “Les Mis” will be a BBC Studios and Lookout Point co-production for BBC One, in association with Weinstein Television. Davies, Bethan Jones, Faith Penhale, Simon Vaughan, and Harvey Weinstein are executive producers. The project was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Lucy Richer. BBC Worldwide will distribute “Les Miserables” globally, with the exception of the U.S. and China, where Weinstein Television has the rights. Harvey’s company also holds an option for Canada. »

- Tony Maglio

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The Weinstein Co. And BBC Re-Team On Event TV Adaptation Of ‘Les Miserables’

21 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Having jointly conquered one literary classic with Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the Weinstein Co. and BBC are re-teaming for an event TV adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic Les Miserables. The six-point mini will be written by award-winning scribe Andrew Davies, who also adapted Tolstoy’s epic tale for TWC and the BBC. Davies will be working from Hugo’s novel, rather than the musical, to delve deep into the many layers of Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse… »

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The Joy of Data review – who knew data could seem so magical, so sexy?

20 July 2016 11:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In this hi-tech romp, Hannah Fry does for numbers what Brian Cox did for space

What do data, mice, One Direction, fungi, hairspray and about 95% of everything else with a Wikipedia page have in common? Philosophy. If you click on the first link of a Wikipedia page and then keep on clicking the first link of every Wikipedia page to which you are taken, you will eventually end up at the Wikipedia entry on philosophy. I don’t know what this says about a) data, b) 95% of stuff or c) us, but it’s pretty cool. And makes us look way more impressive than if every Wikipedia page wound up on some grumpy cat meme.

This and many other things I learned from The Joy of Data (BBC4, 9pm), billed as a hi-tech romp through the currency of our age, which made it sound as if it had been adapted by Andrew Davies. »

- Chitra Ramaswamy

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Andrew Davies: my Les Misérables will be nothing like 'shoddy farrago' musical

27 May 2016 2:53 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Speaking at Hay festival, veteran writer, who adapted War & Peace for the BBC, said Victor Hugo’s novel needs a champion

Andrew Davies’s next historical novel adaptation for the BBC will be Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables – but nothing like the “shoddy farrago” of the musical.

The adapter of Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch and most recently War & Peace gave his frank opinion of the stage and film musical to an audience at the second day of the Hay Festival.

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- Mark Brown

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'Bridget Jones's Diary': 10 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Hit Comedy

12 April 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Hard to believe it's been 15 years since "Bridget Jones's Diary" surprised the world with blue soup, ugly Christmas sweaters, an unexpectedly funny Colin Firth, a shockingly nasty Hugh Grant, and a stunningly perfect English accent emerging from Texan Renée Zellweger.

Since the film adaptation of Helen Fielding's novel hit these shores on April 13, 2001, the awkward but lovable "singleton" heroine has been a worldwide favorite, spawning a 2004 sequel and a long-awaited third installment, "Bridget Jones's Baby," finally due for delivery this fall. To celebrate the film's 15th anniversary this week, here are some behind-the-scenes facts you need to know.

1. Helen Fielding's worldwide bestseller started out as a series of columns in Britain's Independent newspaper that loosely fictionalized the romantic misadventures of Fielding and her thirtysomething pals. Fielding acknowledged that she lifted her storyline from "Pride and Prejudice." "Jane Austen's plots are very good and have been market researched »

- Gary Susman

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‘Midnight Sun,’ ‘Feed the Beast,’ ‘The Kettering Incident’ World Premiere at 7th Paris Series Mania

23 March 2016 7:57 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris – Graced by David Chase, Cuba Gooding Jr. Harlan Coben, Stephen Poliakoff, Frank Spotnitz, Lucia Puenzo and “Dexter” showrunner Clyde Phillips, the Paris’ 7th Series Mania, a drive by French authorities to create a TV event that can sit side by side with Cannes Festival, will open April 15 with HBO’s sex-and-drugs laced 1970s music-scene drama “Vinyl,” whose creators include Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese.

Closing April 24 with Hulu’s Stephen King adaptation “11.22.63,” the premiere French TV festival will also boast a new eight-series international competition as it steps up in scale, ambition and government backing. Industry participation is also expected to grow from last year’s 980 execs.

Fest will also feature four other competitions, focusing on American, French, a worldwide Panorama and Web series, plus as industry highlights, a European TV Series Co-Production Forum running April 19-21, featuring 16 TV projects, and a work-in-progress sneak-peak of “Marseille,” Netflix’s first French original series, »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Never mind the Trollope, Doctor Thorne gets the Fellowes treatment

6 March 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Suffering from severe Downton Abbey withdrawal? Its creator Julian Fellowes returns with another prescription of bonnets in this Anthony Trollope adaptation

In order to cram the 1,400-page War And Peace into a stingy six episodes, BBC adapter general Andrew Davies says he took out “the history and the philosophy”. Yeah, bor-ing! Whiskery Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope makes it even easier for a post-Downton Julian Fellowes. His Doctor Thorne (Sunday, 9pm, ITV), the third in Trollope’s social-rollercoasting Barsetshire Chronicles, is so baggy with backstory it actually prompts the author to launch into a hand-wringing apology for the fact that it begins with “two long dull chapters full of description”.

Rather than cut or prune said expo-dumps, the author self-flagellates at his readers: “It can hardly be expected that anyone will consent to go through with a fiction that offers so little of allurement in its first pages.” It’s perhaps unsurprising, »

- Andrew Collins

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Three's a crowd: have we reached peak James Norton?

2 March 2016 5:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The War and Peace star has already played a prince and a psychopath on TV this year; now he’s back sleuthing in Grantchester. But a performance pile-up can risk audience fatigue – and an actor’s whole career

Can a viewer have too much of James Norton? This would have seemed an unlikely proposition as recently as last month, when the actor’s performance in BBC1’s War and Peace was exciting attention. Some fans, who admire him as much for physique as technique, expressed regret that adapter Andrew Davies did not give Norton’s Prince Andrei Nikolayevich Bolkonsky a skinny-dipping scene of the sort he engineered for Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

As clerical detective Rev Sidney Chambers in ITV’s Grantchester, Norton does strip down to his bathers. But the role also risks a different sort of overexposure, since, only 24 hours earlier each week, Norton is appearing »

- Mark Lawson

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies review – undead breathe no life into revamp

11 February 2016 3:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This gimmicky reworking of Jane Austen’s classic uses deadpan decapitations to satire the prim costume drama but its gags are ultimately unearned

This laborious single-joke movie could well convince you that the mashup is the single most overrated thing in popular culture. Based on the 2009 bestseller attributed to “Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith”, the film is an elaborate spoof of Pride and Prejudice, taking place in an alternative England where the undead roam the land. The haughty Darcy (Sam Riley) is a renowned zombie hunter and Lizzie (Lily James) a dazzling ninja warrior. You get the elegant badinage, and then you get the people with half-eaten faces getting their bonneted heads blown off. It’s meticulously acted with deadpan attention to form – as well acted, in fact, as any conventional Austen adaptation – and it could conceivably be read as a satire of the traditional middlebrow tea-time costume drama (Andrew Davies »

- Peter Bradshaw

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House Of Cards Season 4 Trailer is Here!

10 February 2016 6:52 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Netflix has released a new trailer for the upcoming fourth season of its political drama House Of Cards, which you can check out below.

The critically acclaimed Emmy®-nominated drama has its Golden Globe® winning stars Kevin Spacey (as Francis Underwood) and Robin Wright (as Claire Underwood), whose characters have always been each other's’ strongest allies, showing cracks in their relationship. In an election year, the stakes are now higher than ever, and the biggest threat they face is contending with each other.

House Of Cards also stars Michael Kelly, Mahershala Ali,  ayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Nathan Darrow, Kim Dickens, Elizabeth Marvel, Dominique McElligott, Molly Parker, Paul Sparks, with Ellen Burstyn, Cicely Tyson and Joel Kinnaman.

Based on the BBC miniseries of the same name, the fourth season of House of Cards is executive produced by David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Joshua Donen, Eric Roth, Beau Willimon, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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'House of Cards' Season 4 Trailer Is Tearing the Underwoods Apart

10 February 2016 5:23 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

House of Cards Season 3 ended with on a bittersweet note for Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), who was named as the Democratic party's nominee for the 2016 election, but the final moments showed that his longtime wife Claire (Robin Wright) is leaving him, right in the middle of the campaign, following a violent fight the previous evening. Will The First Lady come back and stand by her man as the Presidential campaign heats up? That doesn't seem likely, as teased in the new trailer for Season 4 of House of Cards, which debuts Friday, March 4 on Netflix.

The trailer features Frank Underwood arguing with his estranged wife Claire, teasing that their relationship is more contentious than ever. We also get our first glimpse at a few new characters, played by Joel Kinnaman, who appears to be a new adversary for Frank, along with Neve Campbell and Ellen Burstyn, although no details have been »

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War and Peace … and then what?

8 February 2016 10:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Andrew Davies’s triumphant TV series has caused sales of Tolstoy’s epic to soar. Here are five more big reads to fill the gap – from Finnegans Wake to Gravity’s Rainbow. And every one is ripe for the small screen

Let the bells ring. War and Peace concludes in triumph. 5.7m viewers can’t be wrong. The critics agree: the man did it. He crammed Tolstoy’s massive quarts into half a dozen pint pots. Genius in a box set. Andrew Davies, reportedly, is signing up for Les Misérables. No warbling. No subtitles. If it has to be Victor Hugo I rather wish he’d gone for Toilers of the Sea, just to see how TV handled the giant squid (beats Moby-Dick any day of the week).

Davies’s breakthrough was Middlemarch, long ago in 1994. It was a book which Victorians like Trollope thought far too difficult for the »

- John Sutherland

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War and Peace watched by 5.7m as writer signs up for Les Misérables

8 February 2016 2:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Andrew Davies set to follow success of Tolstoy drama with adaptation for BBC of Victor Hugo novel

War and Peace bowed out with 5.7 million viewers on Sunday as it was revealed that scriptwriter Andrew Davies is set to follow the drama’s success with another period epic, Les Misérables.

Davies told the Telegraph he has signed up film producer Harvey Weinstein, who co-produced War and Peace, to the project, and is due to begin talks with the BBC. The Guardian reported earlier on Sunday that War and Peace producers Lookout Point were in “active” talks with Davies and his team about working on another “major classic”.

Related: War and Peace recap: episode six – bows out with a bonkers beard

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- Jasper Jackson

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Flashing the flesh – a history of TV nudity

2 February 2016 7:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A Russian soldier in the buff on War and Peace is just another notch on the bedpost of TV nakedness – and proof that a penis can still prick people’s attention

Two decades ago, the screenwriter Andrew Davies gave Colin Firth a skinny-dipping scene in a BBC TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It has become YouTube’s most popular man-in-water footage that doesn’t involve Tom Daley. Now Davies, in his current BBC1 version of War and Peace, has gone for what is technically known as a longer shot. On Sunday night, a Russian soldier, walking out of a lake, revealed a flash of penis 26 minutes after 9pm – the time known, with unusual appropriateness in this case, as the “watershed” for family viewing.

This shift of a couple of inches between the Austen and Tolstoy adaptations marks another notch on television’s bedpost of flesh-flashing.

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- Mark Lawson

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