Les Misérables will be turned into a BBC series with no songs, TV writer Andrew Davies revealed.
According to the Mirror UK, Andrew Davies is intending to give the classic novel of 19 century a “real justice at last.”
Andrew Davies said that the series adaptation of the highly-acclaimed French novel written by Victor Hugo will focus the full story unlike in stage and film representations which was not highlighted to.
“Les Misérables is a huge iconic title. Most of us are familiar with the musical version which only offers a fragmentary outline of its story,” he said. “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 & Peace.”
He also stressed that he preferred not to have music because the original is much more vital.
“It’s important that people realise there is a lot more to Les Misérables than that sort of shoddy farrago. The book needs a bit of a champion.”
“Nobody sings. Well they might sing the odd song but they don’t yell great things like they do in the musical,” he said.
Les Misérables follows the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who will have to deal with his shady past while also building a relationship with a little girl whom he brings up.
“People will be surprised that there is so much more to it than they maybe realize,” the writer said.
He even added that Les Misérables is an extremely “powerful story” about people’s everyday issue on poverty and deprivation and how they survive it.
Meanwhile BBC, through it content director Charlotte Moore, said that the network does not hesitated to nod on Andrew Davies’ proposal of a TV series.
“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,” she said.
The BBC series, which will come in six parts, will cost at about £12million.
Andrew Davies had also adaptation for Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, Bleak House, and Vanity Fair.
Les Misérables will be aired on Sunday nights next year.