The BBC Made a “Les Misérables” Miniseries — Without Any Singing

Do you hear the people sing, singing the songs of angry men … likely because there’s a new Les Mis mini-series coming out and it has no singing.

The BBC has created a mini-series based on the famous French book Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, but without the added songs. According to the BBC, the series will “vividly and faithfully bring to life the vibrant and engaging characters, the spectacular and authentic imagery and, above all, the incredible yet accessible story that was Hugo’s lifework.”


Produced by BBC Studios, Lookout Point, and Masterpiece, and adapted by Andrew Davies, this six-part drama is chock full of British stars, including Dominic West (The Wire, 300) as Jean Valjean, Davivd Oyelowo (Selma) as Javert, Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Mirror Mirror) as Fantine, Olivia Colman (Murder On The Orient ExpressThe Iron LadyBroadchurch) as Madame Thénardier, Adeel Akhtar (The Night Manager, The Big Sick) as Monsieur Thénardier, Ellie Bamber (Pride And Prejudice And Zombies) as Cosette, Josh O’Connor (The Durrells in Corfu) as Marius, and Erin Kellyman (Solo: A Star Wars Story) as Éponine.

The series will premiere on the BBC over the Christmas holidays, and on PBS’s MASTERPIECE on Sunday, April 14, 2019.