Olivia Colman and David Oyelowo give a welcome reminder of Hugo’s brilliance and Davies’ genius

Olivia Colman and David Oyelowo give a welcome reminder of Hugo’s brilliance and Davies' genius

It appears that the resolve of Les Misérables (BBC One) to look on the dark side remained firm: Valjean’s (Dominic West) love for Cosette (Ellie Bamber), so redemptive to date, had curdled into overprotective anger; Cosette’s own idealism was discoloured by her snobbery; Marius’s (Josh O’Connor) upstanding nature was on the verge of corruption by vice and boorishness.

Ah yes, Cosette and Marius, both chafing at the restrictions of their upbringing, were both pallid and dull by comparison with the complexities of Javert (David Oyelowo) and Valjean. Nonetheless, both Bamber and O’Connor worked hard to temper their characters’ guilelessness.

The odd longueur was no fault of theirs, and served to…

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