New images show Olivia Colman’s hair-raising transformation for BBC’s Les Miserables TV series

The photos also show Adeel Akhtar as Monsieur Thénardier and Lily Collins in character as Fantine

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 22:00:00 on 15/10/2018 - Programme Name: Les Miserables - TX: 13/07/2018 - Episode: Les Miserables - First Look (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: **EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 22:00 HRS ON MONDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2018** Madame Thenardier (OLIVIA COLMAN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Robert Viglasky

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The BBC has released new pictures of their upcoming adaptation of Les Misérables – featuring a ginger Olivia Colman.

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Yes, Broadchurch star and The Crown series three lead Colman will sport red hair for her role as the rapacious Madame Thénardier, the character played by Helena Bonham Carter in the 2012 movie adaptation.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 22:00:00 on 15/10/2018 - Programme Name: Les Miserables - TX: 13/07/2018 - Episode: Les Miserables - First Look (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: **EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 22:00 HRS ON MONDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2018** Madame Thenardier (OLIVIA COLMAN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Robert Viglasky

Elsewhere, we get our first glimpse of Utopia’s Adeel Akhtar as Monsieur Thénardier, the husband of Colman’s character…

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…and The Durrells’ Josh O’Connor (as Marius) and Nocturnal Animals’ Ellie Bamber (Cosette) too.

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The images follow previously released images of Lily Collins as orphan Fantine, and stars Dominic West (Jean Valjean) with David Oyelowo (Javert).

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The six-part BBC series will be set during a period of great civic unrest in France and centres around a French convict, Jean Valjean, and his struggles to escape his past, while being hunted for years by the persistent Inspector Javert.

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It’s also a story about a young and desperate mother, Fantine, who is forced to leave her daughter and become a prostitute to earn money.

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Les Misérables is coming soon to BBC1


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