this adaptation continues to impress as younger cast take centre stage

this adaptation continues to impress as younger cast take centre stage

Disappointment hung heavy over Les Misérables (BBC One) last night: romantic, political, financial, judicial, paternal, filial, grandfilial. By contrast, this adaptation continues to impress with the quality of its performances, breadth of its vision and the concision of a sprawling story down to its core elements without losing the richness of Hugo’s vision.

Where past episodes have been shared between the cast and writer, the spoils of the penultimate hour belonged to director Tom Shankland, who was given the final half-hour to cut loose with pitched battles, street sieges and grand sacrifices as the doomed Republican uprising commenced. Marshalling his forces with great aplomb, Shankland oversaw…

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