The BBC has announced a new six-part adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables with a very impressive cast in tow, including Dominic West and Olivia Colman.

Adapted by multi award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies, filming is due to start next month and the line-up also includes Lily Collins and David Oyelowo.

Former The Wire star Dominic West will play Jean Valjean, while Collins will star as Fantine. Selma star Oyelowo will play Valjean’s nemesis, Javert, with Erin Kellyman (Eponine) and Colman also set to play prominent roles in the new drama.

Lily Collins

Dominic West said of his casting: "Jean Valjean is one of the great characters in world literature. His epic journey of redemption is one of the extraordinary roles an actor can take on, and I can’t wait to get stuck in to bringing Andrew’s brilliant adaptation to the screen."

On her role, Lily Collins said: "I’m so thrilled to be playing Fantine. She is a legendary character whose tragic story feels as relevant to tell today as when Les Misérables was first published.

"Andrew’s wonderful dramatisation opens up the character in fresh ways that I’ve never seen before in previous adaptations.

"And with this amazing cast coming together it really feels like it could be something very special indeed."