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Les Miserables TV Series Trailer, Cast, Air Date and Story

Programme Name: Les Miserables - Picture Shows: Marius (JOSH O'CONNOR), Cosette (ELLIE BAMBER) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Robert Viglasky

By Alex Cranmer-Brown | 3rd December 2018 at 5:00pm

Les Misérables TV Series: What’s the Premiere Date?

Once again it’s getting to that time of year where TV channels start releasing their big budget shows. The Christmas break is known to be one of the biggest tele watching periods and the BBC are capitalising on this. Their new hit is an adaptation of the classic novel and musical ‘Les Misérables‘. Here’s everything we know about it.

BBC’s Les Misérables is a six part-drama, but unlike many other versions of Victor Hugo’s original material, it won’t feature any singing or dancing. We’ve been told the focus of the series is more around the story, based during the French revolution.

The Air date for Les Misérables is 30th December, the series will air on BBC One.

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Les Misérables TV Series: Who’s in the Cast?

The cast for BBC’s Les Misérables is frankly pretty impressive. Courtesy of Radio Times, we’ve got an extensive list. Any fans of ‘The Wire’ will notice Dominic West (The Affair) immediately. Here he plays Jean Valjean – protagonist of the story, a man struggling to lead a normal life after serving 19 years in prison.

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Programme Name: Les Miserables – Picture Shows: Jean Valjean (DOMINIC WEST) – (C) BBC/Lookout Point – Photographer: Robert Viglasky

British-American actor Lily Collins has a big role here in BBC’s Les Misérables TV series. Normally known for her work on the big screen, she portrays Fantane – a young orphaned girl in Paris who becomes pregnant by a rich student.

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Programme Name: Les Miserables – Picture Shows: Fantine (LILY COLLINS) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Robert Viglasky

The infamous and villainous policemen, who’s only the hunt for Jean, is played by David Oyelowo. Seen mainly in movies – most notable Interstellar and Jack Reacher – this is Oyelowo’s first TV role in a while.

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Programme Name: Les Miserables – Picture Shows: Javert (DAVID OYELOWO) – (C) BBC Studios/Lookout Point – Photographer: Robert Viglasky

Lastly we’ve got Peep Show alumnus Olivia Colman, her part in Les Misérables TV series is that of Madame Thénardier. Colman has been seen in numerous British shows over the year, including Broadchurch and The Night Manager. It’s no doubt that’s she’ll play a stellar performance in this as well.

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Programme Name: Les Miserables – Picture Shows: Madame Thenardier (OLIVIA COLMAN) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Robert Viglasky

Further to this we’ve got Ellie Bamber as Cosette, Adeel Akhtar as Monsieur Thénardier, Josh O’Connor as Marius Pontmercy, and Erin Kellyman as Éponine Thénardier.

Les Misérables TV Series: Trailer

From what we can tell this should really be an instant classic drama from the BBC. They’ve got the recipe of a great story, incredible cast and spot on looking costumes. You’ll have to be on the lookout for when Les Misérables TV series drops during the Christmas holidays. Once we get a surefire air date, we’ll be sure to update the page here. For now, here’s the trailer to enjoy.


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