‘Les Misérables’ on PBS

(Above: Dominic West in ‘Les Misérables.’ Source: YouTube video)

Victor Hugo’s French novel about poverty and injustice in 1860s Paris, Les Misérables, will debut in its latest incarnation – a six-part drama – on PBS’ Masterpiece this Sunday, April 14, at 9 pm ET.

The mini-series stars The Affair’s Dominic West as Jean Valjean, who receives a long prison sentence for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving children. David Oyelowo is Javert, the obsessed police inspector who wants to send Valjean back to prison. Lily Collins plays Fantine, a working-class woman with a small child, who is abandoned by her lover. The cast also includes Olivia Colman, who won the best actress Oscar for The Favourite, and Derek Jacobi.

You can watch Les Misérables over the air on your local PBS station (check your local listings for exact days/times in your area).

PBS programming can also be streamed via PBS Passport, available to viewers who donate a minimum of $5 a month/$60 a year. For more information, visit pbs.org/video and select your local station from the tab in the upper left-hand corner.

PBS Masterpiece is also available to Amazon Prime subscribers as a $5.99 a month add-on.

More Misérables

There have been numerous stage, film and television adaptations of Hugo’s book. A few noteworthy versions available to stream include:

The 2012 film of the Broadway musical features Hugh Jackman as Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert and Anne Hathaway as Fantine. It rents starting at $2.99 from FandangoNow and numerous other services.

A 1998 dramatization starring Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush and Uma Thurman in the lead roles can be rented from $2.99 via Amazon and other providers.

Then there’s the 1935 classic with Fredric March, Charles Laughton and Florence Eldridge. You can rent it for $3.99 from Vudu and other services.

In the clip below Valjean (March) pleads for mercy before a judge:



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