In Victor Hugo's epic tale, ex-prisoner Jean Valjean begins a new life as the Mayor of Montreuil. Starring Joss Ackland.
France 1815: Jean Valjean - sentenced to 19 years hard labour for stealing a loaf of bread - is finally released from prison.
Given shelter by the kind-hearted Bishop of Digne, he's tempted to carry out one more criminal act.
Victor Hugo's epic story of social injustice, dramatised in 25 episodes by Sebastian Baczkiewicz and Lin Coghlan.
Starring Roger Allam as Jean Valjean, Joss Ackland as Victor Hugo, David Schofield as Inspector Javert and David De Keyser as Bishop Myriel.
Producer: Jeremy Mortimer
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2001.
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