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Les Misérables: absolute BBC triumph.

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BBC Triumph. 

Last night’s BBC adaptation of Les Misérables was an absolute triumph.

Judging from the the first episode.

It put the central theme of the weighty book centre-stage: the  story of Jean Valjean’s redemption.

I imagine, the geezer who wrote the screenplay is intensely aware of this Hugo’s Christian inspired  socialism.

To this French speaker I could not disagree more with this jugement,

The two main difficulties with this adaptation? So far it doesn’t feel very French.

The way in which they rendered  bagne as the Hulks felt precisely right.

As was the way they had people talking in French softly shading into English.

I read Les Misérables some time back.

It is long, very long.

The section on socialism alone is, well long.

It is also simply one of the best books ever written. 

The fact that people in this country have taken it so closely to their hearts sends a message to the Brexit Bolsheviks.








Written by Andrew Coates

December 31, 2018 at 12:27 pm

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  1. […] period has been lots of anti Brexit, anti Tory propaganda. The propaganda has been such that here Les Misérables has Ipswich Barmy Bolshevik Blogger, comrade Coates waxing lyrical, praising the […]

  2. Can’t see what the first episode had to do with Brexit, but thought it excellent. Andrew Davies usually goes for lots of corset-undoing scenes in his adaptations – not this time. I haven’t read the book for decades nor have I seen the musical so can’t say how true it was to Victor Hugo.


    December 31, 2018 at 9:49 pm

  3. What exactly is the message that is being sent to Brexit Bolsheviks, whatever they are?

    Dave Roberts

    December 31, 2018 at 10:32 pm

  4. The reason Les Misérables doesn’t sound French is that viewers would be complaining about the subtitles.
    It is patent that the vast majority of BBC One viewers are non-French speaking given the wrath being borne down on BBC Presentation with their choice of their continuity announcers pronunciation of Les Misérab, yes, Les Misérab.

    The Couch Potatoes

    January 3, 2019 at 1:37 pm

  5. Yes, BBC One viewers really do expect Les Misérables to sound glum!

    The Couch Potatoes

    January 3, 2019 at 1:38 pm

  6. Re “Brexit Bolsheviks”, the The ISJ, intellectual journal of the pro-Brexit SWP, has run an anti-Brexit piece.


    Is the SWP leadership having second thoughts? Or (more likely) coming under so much pressure from their membership and periphery that they feel obliged to run a piece that is highly critical the SWP’s official position?

    Jim Denham

    January 4, 2019 at 12:56 pm

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