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The BBC Is Working On A Les Miserables TV Series

One of the biggest musicals of the decade is 2012’s Les Miserables, an adaptation of the hugely successful stage production featuring an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham-Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and many more. It was an awards magnet, too, achieving a whopping eight nominations at the Oscars that year and earning Hathaway a Best Supporting Actress gong.

You’d think that no one would attempt to top this surely definitive version of the story so soon then, but actually, you’d be wrong. According to industry insider The Knowledge, the BBC is working on a new TV series based on the original 19th century novel written by Victor Hugo. Screenwriter Andrew Davies – whose past credits include House of Cards and Bridget Jones’ Diary (so he’s clearly versatile) – is set to adapt the book, and the hunt for a cast has now begun.
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BBC Ditches Weinstein Co. From Upcoming 'Les Miserables' Miniseries

The Weinstein Co. is no longer a producing partner on the BBC's upcoming six-part adaptation of Les Miserables

Harvey Weinstein's name had already been removed from the project as an executive producer earlier in the month following multiple sexual harassment allegations, but now BBC Worldwide, the broadcaster's sales arm, has moved to further distance itself from the disgraced mogul's embattled former company by removing it entirely.  

TWC, under its Weinstein Television banner, had been a production partner on the adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic, coming from screenwriter Andrew Davies and being produced by Lookout Point,...
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The Guardian view on Jane Austen: pride not prejudice | Editorial

Two hundred years after the novelist’s death, snobbery continues to cloud our celebration of one of Britain’s greatest writers

More than two centuries after readers first met them, Elizabeth and Darcy have yet to grow old. Their story has inspired erotic spinoffs, murder mysteries and a retelling from the servants’ point of view. The much-loved and mostly faithful 1995 Andrew Davies screen adaptation, starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, helped birth Bridget Jones’s Diary. Then came the “Hollywood-meets-Bollywood” movie Bride and Prejudice and even a genre mashup with zombie hordes menacing Pemberley.

This last was more apt than it sounds, and not only because Andrea Leadsom briefly resurrected Jane Austen last month, the bicentenary of her death, describing her as one of “our greatest living authors”. Pride and Prejudice is the novel that simply will not die. Twenty million copies on, Mr Darcy has become so synonymous with
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‘Mindhunter’: Why David Fincher’s Return to Netflix Could Be More Significant Than ‘House of Cards’

‘Mindhunter’: Why David Fincher’s Return to Netflix Could Be More Significant Than ‘House of Cards’
Mindhunter” is nothing like “House of Cards.”

Mindhunter,” adapted from a novel by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas, is set in 1979 and follows two FBI agents, played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, who are tasked with understanding the fractured psyches of serial killers in order to crack existing investigations and prevent future murders.

House of Cards,” adapted from a British TV series by Andrew Davies, is set in the modern day and follows two married politicians, played by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, whose quest for power in Washington D.C. takes them to unexpected extremes.

Save for David Fincher’s involvement and their distribution platform, the trailer for “Mindhunter” doesn’t look anything like “House of Cards.”

Except, of course, it does: It looks exactly like “House of Cards” — literally. The sharp, clean contrast; the blue and gray color palette; the shadows and silhouettes. “Mindhunter” looks like “House of Cards
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'War And Peace' production outfit makes two key hires

ITV Studios, Sky execs join UK outfit.

Lookout Point has hired two drama heavyweights to aid its growth plan – ITV Studios drama exec Francis Hopkinson and Sky’s head of scripted production Louise Mutter.

Hopkinson, who has been with ITV Studios since 2011, has been named executive producer and will be tasked with developing and producing his own slate of original dramas.

He will also produce the company’s forthcoming Andrew Davies-penned adaptation of A Suitable Boy for BBC1.

He will also form part of the senior team at Benchmark Television, the high-end drama venture that Lookout Point established with Danny Cohen’s Access Entertainment.
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New images and promo for House of Cards season 5

With just three weeks to go until the return of House of Cards, Netflix has released another batch of images for the upcoming fifth season of the acclaimed political drama series, along with a promo entitled ‘Australians for Underwood’; check them out below….

The fifth season of the critically acclaimed Emmy® ­nominated drama House of Cards premieres Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The series’s 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, show cracks in their relationship. House of Cards also stars Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks and Joel Kinnaman.

Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese are showrunners for season five, and they serve as executive producers along with David Fincher, John Mankiewicz, Daniel Minahan, Kevin Spacey, Joshua Donen, Dana Brunetti, Eric Roth, Robin Wright, Michael Dobbs and Andrew Davies.
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Andrew Davies Adapting Vikram Seth’s ‘A Suitable Boy’ For BBC One, Lookout Point

BBC One and Lookout Point are reteaming with award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies on the adaptation of Vikram Seth's bestselling novel A Suitable Boy. Published in 1993, the period coming-of-age story begins in 1951 and is set in India. The eight-part series will be shot on location in India and feature the BBC’s first entirely non-white cast. A Suitable Boy follows a young woman's search for love and identity in a newly independent, post-Partition India. Lata is…
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Watch the trailer for House of Cards season 5

Following a batch of first look images for House of Cards [take a look here], Netflix has released a trailer for the upcoming fifth season of the critically acclaimed political drama series along with the above banner featuring Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright); take a look below…

The fifth season of the critically acclaimed Emmy® ­nominated drama House of Cards premieres Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The series’s 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, show cracks in their relationship. House of Cards also stars Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks and Joel Kinnaman.

Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese are showrunners for season five, and they serve as executive producers along with David Fincher, John Mankiewicz, Daniel Minahan, Kevin Spacey, Joshua Donen, Dana Brunetti, Eric Roth, Robin Wright, Michael Dobbs and Andrew Davies.
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First-look images from House of Cards season 5

With the fifth season of House of Cards set to arrive on Netflix next month, the streaming service has released five first-look images for the critically acclaimed political drama series featuring Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), Will Conway (Joel Kinnaman), Hannah Conway (Dominique McElligott), Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), and Leann Harvey (Neve Campbell); take a look below…

The fifth season of the critically acclaimed Emmy® ­nominated drama House of Cards premieres Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The series’s 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, show cracks in their relationship. House of Cards also stars Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks and Joel Kinnaman.

Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese are showrunners for season five, and they serve as executive producers along with David Fincher, John Mankiewicz,
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MIPTV Feels Full Impact of Digital TV Revolution

MIPTV Feels Full Impact of Digital TV Revolution
Cannes — Graced by enticing pre-l.A. screenings of Disney and Lionsgate shows and large excitement at sneak-peaked scenes from Adam Price’s “Ride Upon the Storm” and Tom Tykwer’s “Babylon Berlin,” 2017’s MipTV trade fair underscored why Hollywood still dominates much of global TV, as well as the new raised bar of ambition of European dramas.

Amazon’s Roy Price laid out plans for Amazon to drive into more originals, though he did not go into specifics. Both Amazon and Netflix took meetings with key content suppliers at MipTV. Meanwhile, MipTV caught the TV business, and indeed the world, in vertiginous transition, thanks in business terms to a phenomenon little short of a revolution: the global broadcast of foreign-language shows, currently driven by Netflix.

Change, however, goes beyond that. Not for nothing, The Wit’s Virginia Mouseler drilled down in a Wednesday Fresh TV Fiction on 2017 as the “Year of Trans-Genre,
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MipTV: Pascal Breton’s Federation Ent. Boards ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘AIDS’ (Exclusive)

Pascal Breton’s Federation Entertainment has boarded Andrew Davies’ upcoming adaptation of “Les Miserables” and “AIDS,” an ambitious medical thriller drama set against the backdrop of the epidemic’s outbreak in the 80’s.

A one-hour drama series, “AIDS” opens in the early 80’s, when the virus started spreading and causing deaths. It centers on two teams of French and American researchers from the Institut Pasteur in Paris and National Institute of Cancer in the Maryland who embarked on a mission to discover and identify the AIDS virus.

“AIDS” is being developed by Mayane Films’s Georges Benayoun (“Wicker Park,””L’appartement”) and Franck Nouchi, a doctor-turned-journalist who worked for France’s biggest newspaper, “Le Monde,” in the 80’s. The series will be based on true facts and will feature real-life characters within the medical world.

“AIDS is being developed as a suspenseful thriller chronicling the scientific and human adventure filled with clashes, sex
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The Best of British Takeaways review – are these Britain’s top fish friers?

In this easily digestible new format, three British chippies competed in a series in challenges judged by Tom Kerridge and Mitch Tonks

Mmmmm. Fish and chips. The tang of vinegar on paper softened with rain. The menacing eye of a seagull. And Tom Kerridge sizing up the flakiness of cod and the spikiness of batter (yes, a batter’s spikes are a thing in the world of extreme fish-frying). This isn’t just The Best of British Takeaways: Fish and Chips (BBC2). This is the best of British telly: populist, easily digested, and sort of good for you in moderation.

We are a nation of takeaway lovers, spending an annual £6bn on fast food, and we are also a nation of food programme lovers, spending around 6bn hours a year watching celebrity chefs trawling the country in search of the best chip. So what could be better than some of
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BBC commissions Sally Wainwright period drama

Shibden Hall, written by Wainwright, is from the co-producer of War And Peace.

War And Peace co-producer Lookout Point has won its first solo commission for the BBC – a 19th century period drama penned by Sally Wainwright.

BBC1 has partnered with Us premium cable network HBO to order Shibden Hall, a 8 x 60-minute series based on the real-life diaries of West Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister.

It marks one of Lookout Point’s first major drama commissions since former BBC Wales drama boss Faith Penhale joined as joint chief executive.

Penhale’s focus has been to help the BBC Worldwide-backed firm move from being an international financing specialist to an originator of premium drama.

It is currently co-producing BBC1’s Mike Bartlett-penned newspaper drama Press with BBC Studios and Nigel Stafford Clark’s Deep Indigo and Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Les Miserables with BBC Studios and The Weinstein Company.

Lookout Point previously
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Chris Carey Joins Lookout Point; Will Produce BBC’s ‘Les Misérables’ Event Mini

UK indie Lookout Point has appointed Chris Carey as Executive Producer to develop a slate of new series, and to produce Andrew Davies' upcoming adaptation of Les Misérables. The Victor Hugo classic is being made for the BBC in partnership with BBC Studios and The Weinstein Co. Veteran scripted comedy and drama producer Carey’s credits include This Is Jinsy, under his Welded Tandem Picture Company shingle. More recently, he produced Abi Morgan's crime drama River
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Andrew Davies: 'I can't control myself'

He may have just turned 80 but he isn’t slowing down. TV’s great adapter comes clean about his best binge-watch, dyeing Colin Firth’s hair – and why his Les Mis will be nothing like the ‘travesty’ of a musical

Arriving to interview Andrew Davies is rather like being in one of his TV dramas: events have reached a cliffhanger and there’s a naked woman on the loose. As he greets me in the hallway of his home, the first thing Davies says is: “There’s water pouring everywhere and Diana is upstairs with nothing on.”

The power shower has become as power crazed as Francis Urquhart, the post-Thatcherite plotter in Davies’s adaptation of House of Cards, the basis for the current Kevin Spacey version. Davies has managed to avoid the spray and so is not wearing a damp shirt – unlike Colin Firth in the best remembered scene
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The Greatest Ghost Stories Ever Written

In time for Halloween, Sean Wilson takes a look at some of the most delightfully ghoulish and flesh-creeping stories ever put to paper.

The Turn of the Screw

Author Henry James described his own sensational chiller as a ‘pot-boiler’ but it’s clearly so much more than that. A deeply unnerving tale of a young governess who suspects her wards are under the influence of malign spirits, it’s a creepy classic that muddies the waters between spine-tingling spook story and frightening psychological drama, exerting a massive influence over every subsequent entry in the genre. In 1961 it received a timeless adaptation The Innocents, directed by Jack Clayton, scripted by Truman Capote and starring Deborah Kerr.

The Woman in Black

Not just a mainstay of English literature courses but one of the most genuinely frightening stories ever written, Susan Hill’s hair-raising tale of supernatural menace is infinitely superior to its long-running stage spin-off,
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Mipcom, day one: Andrew Haigh, See-Saw, BBC team on Arctic thriller

Update: Andrew Davies tribute, Beta, Studiocanal deals; The Halcyon, Mata Hari set the tone for market awash with high-end drama.

Mipcom got off to a glamourous start this year with world premiere screenings of Sony Pictures Television’s The Halcyon followed by Julius Berg’s Mata Hari starring Vahina Giocante, Rutger Hauer and Christopher Lambert on Sunday.

These two premieres, on the eve of Mipcom’s official opening, set the tone for a market that will be more awash than ever with high-end dramas.

In the backdrop, one of the talking points is which platforms these series will be distributed on as part of Mipcom’s overall theme of “New Television”.

Sony Corporation president and CEO Kazuo Hirai, who kicked off Mipcom’s conference programme on Monday, said content and delivery were two sides of the same coin when it came to getting viewers to pay for they were watching.

“Consumers are willing
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Colin Firth was told to dye hair for Pride and Prejudice as he was 'too ginger'

Screenwriter Andrew Davies reveals star almost missed out on role of Mr Darcy in BBC drama, which launched his career

Colin Firth almost missed out on the leading role that launched his acting career because his hair was thought to be too ginger.

Firth became a British heartthrob overnight after his portrayal of Mr Darcy in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Related: BBC's The Fall is not misogynistic, insists its writer

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The BBC announces six-part adaptation of Les Miserables

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.
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BBC Plans Non-Musical "Les Miserables" Series

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
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