Yet another adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol is coming. This time, in the form of a BBC mini-series.
Steven Knight, the creator of Peaky Blinders, will executive produce the mini-series along with Tom Hardy, who is also set to star. Knight has confirmed that the script is finished and filming is planned to start this year.
It’s gonna be three one-hours, it’s largely done in terms of the script. We’re planning to shoot this year and hopefully get it on the screen for Christmas… Its BBC plus an American element which has not been announced yet.
This is one of the many Dickens adaptations that Knight is planning:
“What I’m planning to do is adapt five Dickens books—A Christmas Carol plus four novels—and do it over a period of six or seven years and have a repertory of actors, and I think we’ll get the best actors in the world, hopefully, to take part because the Dickens characters are so great.”
It is unclear what role Hardy will play, but more information will be revealed as filming commences.
It looks like Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables has gone from classic novel to beloved musical to Academy Award-winning movie and is now becoming a TV mini-series. The six-part adaption will be a collaboration between BBC One and Masterpiece, and, just like the movie adaption, the cast is star-studded yet again. Dominic West will play Jean Valjean, David Oyelowo will portray Javert, while Lily Collins will take on the role of Fantine, and Adeel Akhtar will play Monsieur Thenardier nad. Madame Thenardier will be played by Olivia Colman.
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The mini-series will actually be a different take on the story with writer Andrew Davies, adapting storylines from the original novel rather than the musical.
Photos from Deadlinehighlight the show’s main characters: West’s Jean Valjean, Oyelowo’s Javert and Collin’s Fantine.
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According to Deadline, the story will focus on the many layers of Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse relationship set against the backdrop of civil in post-Napoleonic France. The series started filming this past February, with Tom Shankland directing.
Other well-known cast members include Ellie Bember (Nocturnal Animals) playing Cosette, Erin Kellyman (Raised By Wolves) as Eponine and Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country) as Marius.
Executive producers will be Davies and Bethan Jones for BBC Studios, Mona Qureshi for BBC One and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. West and Oyelowo have also taken executive producer credits.
The Weinstein Company was originally associated with the project then their involvement was scrubbed back in October after the slew of allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
The mini-series will air later this year on BBC One and Masterpiece.