The BBC adaption of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds will air this Sunday, 17th November. Filmed in Woking, the three-part drama follows one man’s attempt to escape after Horsell Common is struck by a huge meteor, and the inhabitants of Earth slowly fall victim to a vicious invasion.
The adaption for TV has been written by Peter Harness, whose portfolio includes the likes of Doctor Who, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. When asked about the upcoming project, he said:
"I’m hoping to follow in the great man’s footsteps by making a terrifying, Martian-packed series which manages to be emotional, characterful, and – deep breath, dare I say it – even political at the same time.”
The cast for the production includes Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson and Trainspotting star, Robert Carlyle.
Damien Timmer, Mammoth Screen managing director who has previously produced hit drama Poldark, added: “It’s a great honour to bring H.G. Wells’s masterpiece to BBC One.
"This huge title – the original alien invasion story – has been loosely adapted and riffed on countless times, but no one has ever attempted to follow Wells and locate the story in Woking at the turn of the last century.”
The much-anticipated show will air on Sunday 17th November, on BBC 1 at 9 PM.