Les Misérables

Confirmed for BBC One on 30 December at 9pm to 10pm

Ep 1/6

Sunday 30 December



1815. War-torn France has been defeated at the battle of Waterloo. Convict Jean Valjean (Dominic West) is nearing the end of his sentence in Toulon after serving 19 years for a petty crime and is released by the ambitious prison guard Javert (David Oyelowo). Convinced he will reoffend, Javert forms a deep personal hatred of Valjean.

Haunted by his past, Valjean experiences a brutal life as an ex-convict, with prejudice at every turn. But an encounter with the wise bishop of Digne (Derek Jacobi) forces Valjean to consider his own morality and the life he wishes to lead.

Little Marius Pontmercy is being raised as a royalist by his grandfather, Monsieur Gillenormand (David Bradley). Marius’ father, Baron Pontmercy (Henry Lloyd-Hughes), a colonel in Napeleon’s army, is accidentally saved from death at Waterloo by a passing looter, Thenardier (Adeel Akhtar). Returning from Waterloo, Pontmercy confronts Gillenormand over his parental rights to Marius - but with tragic consequences.

Meanwhile, in Paris, beautiful young seamstress Fantine (Lily Collins) meets the charming Felix (Johnny Flynn) whilst out dancing with friends. But will her naivety be her undoing?

Pictured: Madame Thenardier (Olivia Colman), Thenardier (Adeel Akhtar), Jean Valjean (Dominic West), Fantine (Lily Collins), Javert (David Oyelowo), Marius (Josh O'Connor), Cosette (Ellie Bamber)