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Les Misérables on the BBC: first trailer released

The first footage of the new TV show has been unveiled

The BBC production of Les Misérables

An official trailer has been unveiled for the new TV adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, which will premiere this Christmas on BBC One.

Dominic West stars as Jean Valjean alongside David Oyelowo as Javert, Lily Collins as Fantine and Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman as the Thénardiers.

They are joined by Ellie Bamber as Cosette, Josh O'Connor as Marius and Erin Kellyman as Éponine.


Hugo's 1862 novel, which was transformed into the hit musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, has been adapted into a six-part series by Andrew Davies (War and Peace) and has been filmed in France and Belgium.

The series will not feature the famous songs featured in the stage show and will focus on Valjean and Javert's story set amidst civil unrest in 19th century France.

The show will air on BBC One over Christmas.

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