TV - The War of the Worlds


The "original alien invasion story" is coming to BBC One. Watch the trailer for The War of the Worlds...

Press Release

Starring Eleanor Tomlinson, Rafe Spall and Robert Carlyle, this tense and thrilling 3-part drama follows a young couple’s race for survival against escalating terror of an alien enemy beyond their comprehension.

Set in Edwardian England, this new adaptation of H.G. Wells' seminal tale - the first alien invasion story in literature - follows George (played by Rafe Spall) and his partner Amy (Eleanor Tomlinson) as they attempt to defy society and start a life together. Rupert Graves is Frederick, George's elder brother, and Robert Carlyle plays Ogilvy, an astronomer and scientist. The War of the Worlds tells their story as they face the escalating terror of an alien invasion, fighting for their lives against an enemy beyond their comprehension.

Filmed in Liverpool, The War of the Worlds is an adaptation by Peter Harness of H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi title and directed by award-winning director Craig Viveiros

Peter Harness said, "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. There is nothing cosy or predictable about Wells’ novel, and that’s what I want to capture in the show. We have an incredible cast, a brilliant director and a wonderful crew - and I can’t wait for them to explode the terrifying story of the first alien invasion on to our screens.”

Craig Viveiros added, “H.G. Wells' seminal novel has been adapted for the screen many times but it's always had a contemporary (and American) setting, this is the first version to be set in London and the Home Counties during the Edwardian period. Peter's scripts manage to honour the source material with great skill, but we aim to provide a thoroughly modern thrill ride for the audience, delivering an alien invasion story that will shock and awe audiences across the globe.”


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