Eleanor Tomlinson, Rafe Spall and Robert Carlyle to lead the BBC’s War of the Worlds adaptation

The three-part sci-fi series based on HG Wells' classic tale will air on the BBC later this year


Eleanor Tomlinson, Rafe Spall and Robert Carlyle have begun filming a new BBC adaptation of HG Wells’ classic sci-fi novel War of the Worlds.


The book has been adapted for television as a three part series by Peter Harness, a writer best known for his work on Doctor Who and Wallander (he was the lead writer for series three and four of the Kenneth Branagh-fronted drama).

Tomlinson and Spall play George and Amy, a couple defying the prejudices of society as they attempt to start a life together, all the while swerving the ongoing chaos of an alien invasion. Carlyle stars as astronomer Ogilvy, while Rupert Graves (Sherlock’s DI Lestrade) plays George’s brother Frederick. Check out the first picture from the set below.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 06/04/2018 - Programme Name: The War of the Worlds - TX: 06/04/2018 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: L to R: Eleanor Tomlinson as Amy and Rafe Spall as George ***EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01hrs 6th APRIL 2018*** Amy (ELEANOR TOMLINSON), George (RAFE SPALL) - (C) Mammoth Screen - Photographer: Matt Squire

It’s the latest in a long line of takes on Wells’ masterpiece that have popped up in the years since Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 radio broadcast, which some listeners mistook for a genuine news bulletin. Modern audiences will know the story from Steven Spielberg’s Tom Cruise-fronted blockbuster in 2005.


War of the Worlds will air on the BBC later this year