Andrew Davies: ‘I’m rescuing it from that awful musical’. I WAS looking forward to watching this. MORON. What a tremendous way to lose half your audience. It’s only been seen by 70 million people. @lesmisofficial can’t be that “awful”. 🇫🇷x https://t.co/ih0ZiRy5Gs— Dean Chisnall (@DChisnall) December 23, 2018 Another Eponone, Eva Noblezada, who performed the West End role in 2016, tweeted: “Well, I had a GREAT A– time doing this FUN A– musical and can speak for the millions who think it’s amazing.“Lol. Merry Christmas Grinch.“And I’m still gonna watch it cause it looks fierce.”Scores of fans have also vowed to boycott the show after the stars of the musical spoke of their anger. It remains to be seen whether the BBC’s production will change their minds.Davies’ adaptation contains little to no music and is based on the 1,231 page book, which many viewers will not have read.The series stars The Affair actor Dominic West as prisoner Jean Valjean while David Oyelowo plays police inspector Javert, who is pursuing him. It is arguably the jewel in the crown of the BBC’s Christmas and New Year television offering, with thousands of people across the country excited to see the glamorous, high-budget adaptation of Les Miserables as it premieres tonight.However, one group of people who are not impressed by the series are those who acted in the musical productions of the tale in the West End after the screenwriter made disparaging comments about the musical.Andrew Davies wrote in The Telegraph last week that his adaptation, based on the book, “will rescue Victor Hugo’s novel from the clutches of that awful musical with its doggerel lyrics.”This proclamation received a frosty reception from those who had acted in the musical, which brought the work to mainstream attention.Dean Chisnall, who currently plays Jean Valjean at Queen’s Theatre in London, said the screenwriter was a “moron”, tweeting: “Andrew Davies: ‘I’m rescuing it from that awful musical’. I WAS looking forward to watching this. MORON.“What a tremendous way to lose half your audience. It’s only been seen by 70 million people. @lesmisofficial can’t be that ‘awful’.”Nancy Sullivan, who played Eponine in the same theatre from 2008-2010 agreed, writing: “Without the success of @lesmisofficial musical very unlikely the opportunity would’ve arisen to write the tv version.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Olivia Colman as Madame ThenardierCredit:Robert Viglasky West has also said that he hopes the production brings viewers back to the source material rather than reminding them of the musical.He said: “It’s been a real inspiration and total joy to bring this masterpiece to dramatic life, and if our portrayal brings people back to the book then that is a great thing.”Andrew Davies is a master of condensing and distillation. He has distilled a massive book into six hours of television. He’s been at it a long time. “He’s so experienced. Whenever I’ve opened a book and thought, ‘oh this is a bit I particularly like’, it’s in his script. In that way, it’s very exciting because I don’t remember the last time when a book was dealt with in such detail.”The show also stars Olivia Colman, Ellie Bamber, Josh O’Connor and Adeel Akhtar.