Les Misérables (2018–2019)
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Convict Jean Valjean makes an enemy of the cruel guard Javert, but, on release, is moved by the kindness of a bishop, who saves him from being re-arrested.

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Tom Shankland

Writers:

Andrew Davies, Victor Hugo (adapted from the novel by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adeel Akhtar ... Thénardier
Henry Lloyd-Hughes ... Pontmercy
David Bradley ... Gillenormand
Raphael J. Bishop ... Little Marius (as Raphael Bishop)
Emma Fielding ... Nicolette
Lily Collins ... Fantine
Charlotte Dylan Charlotte Dylan ... Favorite
Ayoola Smart ... Zéphine
Dominic West ... Jean Valjean
David Oyelowo ... Javert
Johnny Flynn ... Félix
Reece Ritchie ... Fameuil
Matthew Steer ... Blachevelle
Anna Andresen Anna Andresen ... Daphne
Gordon Wilkins Gordon Wilkins ... Prison Hulk Guard
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Convict Jean Valjean makes an enemy of the cruel guard Javert, but, on release, is moved by the kindness of a bishop, who saves him from being re-arrested.

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Pontmercy: [in the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo] You saved my life. Who are you?
Thénardier: A Frenchman like you, monsieur, and if... if they catch me, I'll be shot.
Pontmercy: Your name... your name and rank?
Thénardier: Thénardier, sir. Sergeant.
Pontmercy: Sergeant. I will remember you. And you remember me. Colonel Pontmercy. And if we both survive, you can call on me, I swear it.
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Episode 1
30 December 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Andrew Davies made a sumptuous and expertly condensed version of War & Peace in 2016.

Les Misérables is another lengthy novel. Previous film versions, well the one without any songs, concentrate on convict Jean Valjean.

Davies's version does not forget the sub plots relating to the other characters in the book. After all the title is about the 'wretched.'

This first episode opens the day after the French defeat of Waterloo. It gives it a sense of scope and epicness.

Valjean (Dominic West) has been doing hard labour, breaking rocks for over 19 years. He saves the life of a guard who is crushed by a rock fall and gets no thanks for using his strength to save him.

His guard Javert (David Oyelowo) taunts him that he will be back in prison for life for the next crime he commits.

Valjean leaves prison enraged and bitter with the injustices of the world. The word ex-con etched on to his skin.

West gives a gruff performance as Valjean. Derek Jacobi gives another nice performance as the kindly priest who gives Valjean food and shelter and forgives his misdemeanours.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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