Les Misérables

Ten-part BBC TV series 22 October 1967 (UK)

Directed by Alan Bridges
Writers: Giles Cooper,Harry Green, Victor Hugo (Novel)
1967

Ten-part BBC adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo novel. The heroic tale of a man's life over three decades, set against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest, This acclaimed ten-episode adaptation of Victor Hugo s classic novel was first broadcast in black & white on the BBC in 1967.

Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean (Frank Finlay), a former convict unable to escape the shadow of his past life who struggles to live through oppression, injustice and revolution.

He tries to start afresh by adopting a new identity, but his future is threatened by a chance encounter with his former prison guard Javert (Anthony Bate), who pursues him ruthlessly. Meanwhile, Fantine (Michele Dotrice) a poverty-stricken woman abandoned by her rich lover, is driven to increasingly desperate measures to provide for her young daughter. Their stories collide and as revolutionary violence ignites on the streets of Paris, Jean Valjean begins an epic journey towards self-acceptance and redemption.

  • Frank Finlay ... Jean Valjean
    Anthony Bate ... Insp. Javert
    Alan Rowe ... Thenardier
    Lesley Roach ... Cosette
    Judy Parfitt ... Mme. Thenardier
    Elizabeth Counsell ... Eponine
    Cavan Kendall ... Enjolras
    Vivian MacKerrell ... Marius
    Michele Dotrice ... Fantine
    Christopher Guinee ... Courfeyrac
    Raymond Mason ... Sergeant
    Bert Palmer ... Fauchelevant
    Finlay Currie ... Bishop of Digne