The story you know and love—reimagined

By Caroline Rogers
December 03, 2018
Les Miserables - Lily Collins
Credit: PBS

PBS and the BBC are teaming up to bring you a new adaptation of a classic story, and its first trailer has just been released. The six-part miniseries Les Misérables is based on Victor Hugo's novel of the same name, which also provided the inspiration for the beloved musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. While the musical has proven to be a smash hit in the decades since its premiere, this new television adaptation will not feature singing and dancing. What it will showcase is a cast of some of our favorite actors, some of whom are featured in the series' new trailer.

Watch the trailer:

In the trailer, we see hints of familiar storylines about love, loyalty, and revolution, as well as some familiar faces, including Dominic West (The Wire, The Square) as Jean Valjean, David Oyelowo (Selma, A Most Violent Year) as Javert, and Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Love, Rosie) as Fantine. Adeel Akhtar (The Big Sick, Victoria & Abdul) and Olivia Colman (The Night Manager, Broadchurch)—who is set to star in season three of The Crown—appear as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, respectively.

The trailer also reveals that Sir Derek Jacobi (Gosford Park, Vicious) is playing the merciful bishop of Digne. In addition, the series features Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) as Cosette, Josh O'Connor (God's Own Country, The Durrells in Corfu) as Marius, and Erin Kellyman (Raised By Wolves, Solo: A Star Wars Story) as Éponine. It's being adapted by Andrew Davies (War and Peace, Pride and Prejudice) and is directed by Tom Shankland (The Children).

Les Misérables is set to premiere on Masterpiece on PBS in 2019. Learn more about the upcoming series at

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Will you tune into Les Misérables on PBS when it's released next year? Let us know who you're most excited to see in this new adaptation.