Television

First look at BBC One’s 6-part ‘Les Misérables’ starring Dominic West, David Oyelowo and Lily Collins

We’ve got the first images to share with you from the all-new adaptation of Les Misérables, that’s coming to BBC One in 2019!

Take a look at Dominic West as Jean Valjean, David Oyelowo as Javert and Lily Collins as Fantine in Andrew Davies’ six-part drama adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th century classic that will delve deep into the many layers of Hugo’s story, revelling in Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse relationship, against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest. The BBC are promising that this new television adaptation of the renowned book will..

“Vividly and faithfully bring to life the vibrant and engaging characters, the spectacular and authentic imagery and, above all, the incredible yet accessible story that was Hugo’s lifework.”

Director Andrew Davies also had this to say:

“This is such an intense and gut-wrenching story and I am delighted that this esteemed ensemble of actors will be bringing it to life – led by Dominic West and David Oyelowo in the iconic roles of Jean Valjean and his nemesis Javert. In Valjean, we see the terrifying anger and resentment against society but also the tenderness that is hidden deep in his complex psyche. And in Javert, the ferocious dedication to duty that takes him from obsession to madness.”

 

As well as West, Oyelowo and Collins, the smart British cast also includes Adeel Akhtar (The Night Manager, Utopia) and Olivia Colman as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals) as Cosette, Josh O’Connor (The Durrells, God’s Own Country) as Marius and Erin Kellyman (Raised By Wolves) as Éponine.

You’ll also get a brief insight into what to expect from the series as part of a BBC Drama trailer around the World Cup final this Sunday.

Les Misérables will air next year on BBC One.

(BBC/Lookout Point – Photographer: Robert Viglasky)

 

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