Les Misérables: Series 1 (2019)


Critic Consensus: 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.


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Air date: Apr 14, 2019
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Tv Season Info

Victor Hugo's masterpiece comes to television in a six-part adaptation by multi award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies. Dominic West stars as fugitive Jean Valjean, with David Oyelowo as his pursuer Inspector Javert and Lily Collins as the luckless single mother Fantine. Ellie Bamber and Josh O'Connor costar as the young lovers Cosette and Marius. Love, death, and the struggle for social justice in early 19th-century France feature in this beautifully faithful retelling of one of the world's most beloved stories.


Adeel Akhtar
as Monsieur Thénardier
Olivia Colman
as Madame Thénardier
David Oyelowo
as Inspector Javert
Dominic West
as Jean Valjean
Lily Collins
as Fantine

Critic Reviews for Les Misérables Series 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (9)

An engrossing treat, featuring a vibrant cast and taking its time to unspool the melodrama and offer loving looks at 19th century France.

Apr 17, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

There are strong performances from famous actors, gorgeous cinematography and perfectly assembled period sets.

Feb 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The script tells and tells and tells. There are few asides, and no subtext; the plot just unspools, like rope.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Davies's script has so far hit the main marks and tripped lightly through a thicket of exposition. Sometimes he has been constrained by threadbare material.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Screenwriter Andrew Davies... knows how to fashion a drama, and there's more naughty bits than one would expect in public television drawing room drama.

Apr 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Even without music, Les Misérables sings: a tearful lament for the poor and oppressed, a rousing cry for justice in an unforgiving time, a soaring appeal for the transformative power of love and mercy.

Apr 15, 2019 | Full Review…

...one of the most entertaining adaptations of a Hugo novel we've seen that doesn't include music.

Apr 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Given so much time to work with, the new PBS version is better able to flesh out Hugo's characters, allowing an even deeper experience of the spiritual themes that have captured Christian audiences for generations.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Victor Hugo wrote one of the longest novels in literature... Thankfully, we viewers do get the narrative through-line in this handsome, passionate, near-heroic adaptation of Hugo's moral fable.

Apr 15, 2019 | Full Review…

The action sequences, similarly, are starker and bloodier than most versions of the story. That combines with the dense design of Paris' mean streets to give this "Masterpiece" presentation a premium-TV texture.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…
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