Les Misérables (2018 miniseries)
|Based on||Les Misérables|
by Victor Hugo
|Written by||Andrew Davies|
|Directed by||Tom Shankland|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Picture format||2:1 1080p|
|Original release||30 December 2018 –|
3 February 2019
Les Misérables is a BBC television miniseries of the French historical novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. The series, adapted by Andrew Davies and directed by Tom Shankland, stars Dominic West, David Oyelowo, and Lily Collins. BBC Studios handles the distribution for the series.
Based on the original novel, the miniseries consisted of six episodes, and was broadcast between 30 December 2018 and 3 February 2019.
Cast and characters
- Dominic West as Jean Valjean
- David Oyelowo as Javert
- Lily Collins as Fantine Thibault
- Adeel Akhtar as Monsieur Thénardier
- Johnny Flynn as Felix Tholomyès
- Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Col. Pontmercy
- David Bradley as Monsieur Gillenormand
- Derek Jacobi as Bishop Myriel
- Ron Cook as Hair and Teeth Dealer
- Alan David as the Scribe
- Kathryn Hunter as Madame Victurnien
- Olivia Colman as Madame Rosalie Thénardier
- Enzo Cilenti as Rivette
- Josh O'Connor as Marius Pontmercy
- Raphael Bishop and Woody Norman as young Marius
- Ellie Bamber as Cosette
- Mailow Defoy and Lia Giovanelli as young Cosette
- Erin Kellyman as Éponine Thénardier
- Sienna Barnes and Tiarna Williams as young Eponine
- Joseph Quinn as Enjolras
- Donald Sumpter as Monsieur Mabeuf
- Turlough Convery as Grantaire
- Archie Madekwe as Courfeyrac
Recurring and guest
- Alex Jarrett as Azelma Thénardier
- Amani Johnson and Isabelle Lewis as young Azelma
- Reece Yates as Gavroche
- Emmanuel Goffin as young Gavroche
- Emma Fielding as Nicolette
- Charlotte Dylan as Favourite
- Ayoola Smart as Zéphine
- Hayley Carmichael as Madame Magloire
- Liz Carr as Fantine's Concierge
- Ashley Artus as Gendarme
- Matthew Steer as Blachevelle
- Lorcan Cranitch as Chief Inspector
- Georgie Glen as Abbess
- Anna Calder-Marshall as Madame Rully
- Natalie Simpson as Sister Simplice
- Angela Wynter as Toussaint
|No.||Episode||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers|
|1||Episode 1||Tom Shankland||Andrew Davies||30 December 2018||5.95|
|2||Episode 2||Tom Shankland||Andrew Davies||6 January 2019||N/A (<5.63)[a]|
|3||Episode 3||Tom Shankland||Andrew Davies||13 January 2019||5.29|
|4||Episode 4||Tom Shankland||Andrew Davies||20 January 2019||5.34|
|5||Episode 5||Tom Shankland||Andrew Davies||27 January 2019||5.15|
|6||Episode 6||Tom Shankland||Andrew Davies||3 February 2019||5.47|
The Weinstein Company was initially set to co-produce the series and serve as its distributor in the U.S. and China. The studio was dropped, however, following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. Based on the original novel, the series does not include the songs from the Les Misérables musical.
Filming for the series began in February 2018 in Belgium and Northern France.
Les Misérables has received positive reviews from critics. The miniseries holds a 92% approval rating on online review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 7.6/10, based on 12 critic reviews. The site's consensus reads "Andrew Davies' deft adaptation of the oft-retold Victor Hugo classic affords viewers a newfound intimacy with these outcasts and revolutionaries, who are ably brought to life by a star-studded cast." After the series premiere, viewers compared the miniseries to the musical, noting the lack of music in the miniseries. Collins' performance as Fantine received praise from critics and fans. Alexandra Pollard of The Independent praised her performance, writing "she plays the tragic Fantine with steeliness and grace", and described it as "magnificent." West's performance as Valjean in the final episode also received critical praise. Gabriel Tate of The Telegraph praised his performance, writing "Dominic West steals the show in a stirring finale."
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