Preview – Les Misérables

Les Miserables
Picture Shows: Jean Valjean (DOMINIC WEST), Fantine (LILY COLLINS), Javert (DAVID OYELOWO). Image Credit: BBC/Lookout Point/Mitch Jenkins.

Before you ask, this is not the musical. This is a straightforward dramatic adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel.

Adapted by Andrew Davies, it stars Dominic West as Jean Valjean, a man coming to the end of a 19-year hard labour sentence for stealing a loaf of bread, at a time when France had just lost the Battle of Waterloo. As he attempts to get his life back together, a former guard tries to stop him as he believes Jean will reoffend.

Les Misérables is on BBC One at 21.00.