First pics of ‘The Durrells’ and ‘The Crown’ stars in BBC’s new ‘Les Misérables’

Five new promotional photos have been unveiled for the BBC’s upcoming Les Misérables adaptation.

First published in 1862, Victor Hugo’s novel tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict unable to escape the shadow of his past life, and his relentless pursuit by the chilling police officer Javert.

Coming soon to BBC One in the UK, the six-part drama has been written by Andrew Davies (Pride and PrejudiceMr Selfridge).

The first photo (above) features shows The Durrells actor Josh O’Connor as Marius with Ellie Bamber (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) as Cosette.

We also get our first look at Olivia Colman (The Crown) and Adeel Akhtar (Victoria & Abdul) as Madame and Monsieur Thénardier.

Les Misérables began filming in Belgium and Northern France earlier this year.

Dominic West (The Affair, The Hour) stars as Jean Valjean, alongside David Oyelowo (Selma, Spooks) as Javert.

The BBC says the mini-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.”

Fantine is played by Lily Collins (Tolkien).

Unlike 2012’s movie adaptation of Les Misérables, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, the BBC’s new interpretation will not be based on the 1980 musical.

Les Misérables will air in the US on Masterpiece on PBS in early 2019.