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War and Peace writer reveals his next epic TV adaptation

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Harriet Hall
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Our tears are still not dried following Sunday’s finale of War and Peace, and the creator is already talking about his next adaptation.

The series, which pulled-in an average viewing figure of 7.2 million, saw Tolstoy’s beloved Russian drama adapted for the small screen.

Now, the series' screenwriter, Andrew Davis – who has previously adapted classics including Pride and Prejudice, Vanity Fair, Bleak House and the original House of Cards, says he has his sights set on a TV adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.

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Speaking to The Telegraph, Davis says:

“It’s another big epic story and I think people will be surprised that there is so much more to it than they maybe realise.”

“It’s an immensely powerful story about appalling levels of poverty and deprivation and how people transcend it, it’s about redemption and revenge and the extraordinary relationship between Jean Valjean and a little girl he brings up,” he says.

But viewers who are expecting another sing-along will be disappointed, as Davis has said that there will be no singing in his version – because he hated the recent film.

“I hated, particularly, the film of the musical because the singing was so appalling,” he says.

“And I did not really find myself bewitched by the stage musical, but then, so many people can’t be wrong.”

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Les Miserables, 2012

The 79-year-old revealed that, although the script had not yet been started, he was working with Hollwood producer, Harvey Weinstein, who was involved with War and Peace, and they were going to be starting talks with the BBC soon, in the hope that Les Mis could make it into the broadcaster’s Sunday evening slot.

The Welsh writer previously admitted he regretted not extending War and Peace to more than the final six episodes, so hopefully this means if Les Mis goes through we’ll be in for along run of great Sunday night telly.