The PBS ‘Les Misérables’ Miniseries Has a Premiere Date
A new adaptation of the classic story will air soon.
Les Misérables is the novel that launched a thousand adaptations—with more still to come. There’s another imagining of the classic Victor Hugo novel arriving in the not-too-distant future, and PBS fans around the country, including quite a few in the Southern Living offices, can't wait. It's a Les Misérables miniseries, a co-production of MASTERPIECE on PBS and BBC, and it will air in six parts beginning in April 2019.
The miniseries stars Dominic West (The Affair, Colette) as Jean Valjean, David Oyelowo (Selma, A Most Violent Year) as Javert, and Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Okja) as Fantine. It’s directed by Tom Shankland from a screenplay by award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies, whose previous work includes Sense & Sensibility (2008), War & Peace (2016), and the forthcoming Jane Austen adaptation Sanditon. The trailer for the miniseries has already been released, and you can watch it here.
The story is the very definition of an ensemble piece, and according to PBS, “The distinguished British cast also includes Adeel Akhtar (The Night Manager, Murdered By My Father) and Olivia Colman (Murder On The Orient Express, The Night Manager, Broadchurch) as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies) as Cosette, Josh O’Connor (The Durrells in Corfu) as Marius, and Erin Kellyman (Raised By Wolves) as Éponine.” It’s a strong supporting cast with several familiar faces, including Colman, who will soon be seen as Queen Elizabeth II in season three of The Crown. Colman also recently won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Anne in the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed film The Favourite.
Mark your calendars: Les Misérables will have its premiere on MASTERPIECE on PBS on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Be sure to check local listings to confirm when the program will air in your area. In the meantime, spend some time with the novel upon which the adaptation is based, and watch our favorite miniseries of the moment, which is also based on a literary classic.
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