Classic drama. In war-torn France, convict Jean Valjean and seamstress Fantine must decide their futures. Valjean's past continues to haunt him. Fantine meets the love of her life.
In 1815, France is on its knees after defeat at the battle of Waterloo. Jean Valjean is nearing the end of his sentence at the prison hulks in Toulon after serving 19 years for a petty crime, and is released by ambitious prison guard Javert. Javert has formed a deep personal hatred of Valjean, a resentment he will continue to bear.
Life as an ex-convict is brutal and Valjean sees prejudice at every turn. Valjean is haunted by his past. An encounter with the wise bishop of Digne forces him to consider his own morality, and the kind of life he wishes to lead.
Little Marius Pontmercy is being raised by his grandfather, old royalist Monsieur Gillenormand. Marius's father Baron Pontmercy, a colonel in Napoleon's army, is accidentally saved from death at Waterloo by a passing looter, Thénardier. Pontmercy confronts his father-in-law Gillenormand over his parental rights with tragic consequences.
Meanwhile beautiful Parisian seamstress Fantine is taken out dancing by her friends. They meet some handsome bachelors, and Fantine is drawn to the charming Felix. Fantine's friends worry her naivety may prove dangerous.
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|Jean Valjean||Dominic West|
|Felix Tholomyes||Johnny Flynn|
|Madame Magliore||Hayley Carmichael|
|Fantine's Concierge||Liz Carr|
|Little Marius||Raphael Bishop|
|Old Lady||Annie Firbank|
|Inn Keeper||Andrew Paul|
|Prison Hulk Guard||Gordon Wilkins|
|Executive Producer||Faith Penhale|
|Executive Producer||Bethan Jones|
|Executive Producer||Andrew Davies|
|Executive Producer||David Oyelowo|
|Executive Producer||Dominic West|
|Executive Producer||Rebecca Eaton|
|Executive Producer||Eurydice Gysel|
|Director of photography||Stephan Pehrsson|
|Production Designer||Richard Bullock|
|Costume designer||Marianne Agertoft|
|Make-up Designer||Jacqueline Fowler|
|Line Producer||Di Barton|
|Production Company||Lookout Point Limited|
|Production Company||Czar TV|