PBS and the BBC have released a trailer for the new, no-singing Les Misérables mini-series. Despite the lack of singing and adaptor Andrew Davies’ apparent determination to rescue the book from the phenomenally popular musical, it is clear they are attacking the source material with a similar level of dramatic fervor.
Dominic West is playing Jean Valjean, David Oyelowo is Javert, and Lily Collins will be Fantine, sans tear-jerking solo. Also included: Olivia Colman in yet another costume drama—though this time, she will not be playing a queen, but rather shady innkeeper’s wife Madame Thénardier. A nice change of pace, really.
I truly hope they devote an entire episode to explaining the Parisians sewers in the style of the first half-hour of Casino, as a tribute to Victor Hugo.