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H.G. Wells’ sci-fi masterpiece 'The War of the Worlds' set to become a new BBC miniseries


The War of the Worlds, the iconic science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, is being adapted into a brand new miniseries by the BBC.

Written between 1895 and 1897, the story is one of the first in existence to detail the idea of a conflict between human kind and an extraterrestrial race. Famously, the tale is most memorably remembered after it was dramatised in a 1938 radio program by filmmaker Orson Welles with such efficiency that it caused public panic among listeners who believed that the alien invasion was actually happening.

The novel, which as been picked up by numerous different film, radio and comic adaptation, will now be the subject of a big budget three-part drama miniseries produced by Mammoth Screen for the BBC. The series, which will be set in an Edwardian period adaptation of the Wells’ novel, has been written by Peter Harness and directed by Craig Viveiros.

“Set in Edwardian England, the series follows George and his partner Amy as they attempt to defy society and start a life together, facing the escalating terror of an invasion from Mars, while fighting for their lives against an enemy beyond their comprehension,” a small synopsis details.

Filing began in Liverpool last year and the likes of Eleanor Tomlinson, Rafe Spall, Rupert Graves and Robert Carlyle have all been confirmed as cast members. “It’s fantastic to have Rafe and Eleanor leading such a brilliant cast of British acting talent in the BBC’s faithful adaptation of H.G. Wells’ legendary story,” said Tommy Bulfin, BBC commissioning editor, in a statement.

“HG Wells’ seminal novel has been adapted for the screen many times, but it’s always had a contemporary (and American) setting,” director Craig Viveiros said. “This is the first version to be set in London and [its environs] during the Edwardian period.”

Writer Peter Harness added: “The version of The War of the Worlds that I wanted to make is one that’s faithful to the tone and the spirit of the book, but which also feels contemporary, surprising and full of shocks: a collision of sci-fi, period drama and horror.”

Watch the trailer, below.