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BBC commissions War of the Worlds, Little Women and Black Narcissus to series

War of the Worlds

Story by Jack Foley

THE BBC is to bring three popular books to the small screen, with an adaptation of HG Wells’ sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds among the most eye-catching.

To be comprised of three 60-minute episodes, the mini-series will be written by Peter Harness (Doctor Who, Wallander), with production set to kick off in early 2018.

As yet, no cast has been announced.

Another major adaptation is Little Women, which will be adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic by Call The Midwife‘s award-winning creator Heidi Thomas.

The mini-series will be a co-production with PBS’ Masterpiece and will also comprise three 60-minute episodes.

Vanessa Caswill (of Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary) will direct all three episodes, with principal photography due to begin in July. Again, there is no word on casting.

Finally, Black Narcissus – a three-part adaptation of Rumer Godden’s tale of sexual repression and forbidden love – will return the story to its original setting in 1930s Nepal.

The adaptation is being penned by BAFTA award-winning writer Amanda Coe (Apple Tree Yard).

All three series were commissioned for BBC One.

Unveiling the series at a presentation in London on Thursday, the BBC’s new drama controller Piers Wenger said: “Delivering high-quality drama that engages and excites the public is a priority for the BBC. The commissions we have announced will continue to deliver just that. It’s an exciting time ahead for fans of great drama.”

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