Les Misérables (2018 miniseries)

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Les Misérables
Les Misérables 2018 miniseries title card.png
Based onLes Misérables
by Victor Hugo
Written byAndrew Davies
Directed byTom Shankland
Composer(s)John Murphy
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Andrew Davies
  • Faith Penhale
  • Bethan Jones
  • Mona Qureshi
  • Rebecca Eaton
  • Dominic West
  • David Oyelowo
Producer(s)Chris Carey
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorBBC Studios
Original networkBBC One
Picture format2:1 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original release30 December 2018 (2018-12-30) –
3 February 2019 (2019-02-03)

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[edit]


Recurring and guest[edit]


No.EpisodeDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [1]
1Episode 1Tom ShanklandAndrew Davies30 December 2018 (2018-12-30)5.95
2Episode 2Tom ShanklandAndrew Davies6 January 2019 (2019-01-06)N/A (<5.63)[a]
3Episode 3Tom ShanklandAndrew Davies13 January 2019 (2019-01-13)5.29
4Episode 4Tom ShanklandAndrew Davies20 January 2019 (2019-01-20)5.34
5Episode 5Tom ShanklandAndrew Davies27 January 2019 (2019-01-27)5.15
6Episode 6Tom ShanklandAndrew Davies3 February 2019 (2019-02-03)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.[2] Based on the original novel, the series does not include the songs from the Les Misérables musical.[3]


Filming for the series began in February 2018 in Belgium and Northern France.[4]


BBC Studios handles distribution for the series.[5] The miniseries, which consists of six episodes, premiered on 30 December 2018.[6]


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."[7] After the series premiere, viewers compared the miniseries to the musical, noting the lack of music in the miniseries.[8] 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."[9] 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."[10]


  1. ^ Not reported in the weekly top 15 programmes for four-screen viewer ratings.


  1. ^ "Four-screen dashboard". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board.
  2. ^ Otterson, Joe (9 January 2018). "David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Lily Collins to Star in BBC's 'Les Misérables' Miniseries". Variety.
  3. ^ Leane, Rob (20 November 2017). "BBC Developing Les Miserables TV Series". Screen Rant.
  4. ^ Furness, Hannah (10 January 2018). "BBC unveils cast of new Les Miserables series with pledge to take classic back to its roots". The Daily Telegraph.
  5. ^ "BBC - BBC unveils brand new must-see dramas - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  6. ^ Griffiths, Eleanor Bley (4 December 2018). "When is Les Misérables on TV? Who is in the cast? Why isn't it a musical?". RadioTimes. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Les Misérables: Series 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  8. ^ Carr, Flora (31 December 2018). "'Where are the songs?' Les Misérables viewers confused by missing music". RadioTimes. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  9. ^ Pollard, Alexandra (6 January 2019). "Les Misérables review, episode two: Lily Collins plays the tragic Fantine with steeliness and grace". The Independent. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  10. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2019/02/03/les-miserables-episode-6-review-dominic-west-steals-the-show-in-a-stirring-finale

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