Nothing But TV Interview: Lily Collins on BBC One's Les Misérables.

Produced by Lookout Point and BBC Studios, Les Misérables is a brand new six-part adaptation of the classic 19th century book by Victor Hugo.

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Adapted by the award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies (Pride And Prejudice, War And Peace), this landmark drama airing on BBC One has gone back to the novel and delved deep into the many layers of Hugo’s story, revelling in Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse relationship, against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest.

Lily Collins tells us more…

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Lily Collins plays Fantine

Tell us about the story of Les Misérables?
Les Misérables follows a handful of characters that are spread out throughout the different social class systems in that time. It’s a story that many of us know. However, in this rendition, we get to delve deeper into different characters that we maybe didn’t get to see before…

Tell us about your character Fantine
Fantine’s transition throughout Les Misérables is the most tragic. She is quite naïve in her imagery of love and she thinks she finds the man of her dreams in this man named Felix. He is a wealthy young man who tricks her into believing that he will provide her with a life. However unfortunately she has to create a life that she wasn’t planning on…

What do you think of Andrew Davies’ scripts?
Andrew Davies’ scripts are always so multi layered and colourful. There are just as many details in the stage direction as in the actual dialogue. It really paints a vivid picture and goes back to Victor Hugo’s writing. Tom Shankland, the director also really related to the original story. There are redeeming qualities in every single character and also qualities that the viewer can question.

This series has so many moving parts: an incredible cast that I feel really fortunate to work opposite, working with Tom Shankland and the most incredible hair, make-up and costume departments. Everyone gave 110 percent to this. Adding on top, Andrew Davies’ writing, it’s like magic.