The grand finale of Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Victor Hugo’s epic novel saw this tale of morality, cruelty, defiance and redemption brought to a close.
Viewers were left reaching for their handkerchiefs as the barricades were stormed and the saga of Jean Valjean (Dominic West) and his long-time nemesis Javert (David Oyelowo) came to an end.
It has been a feast of deftly paced writing from Davies, meaty performances and, in Tom Shankland, a director equally at home with grand set pieces and intimate characterwork.
Andrew Davies performed creative miracles in distilling Victor Hugo’s stonking novel into six lean, cracking hours and I’m bereft that it has finished. Bereft, I tell you.
Once in a while, a television drama comes along that you simply don’t want to end. Andrew Davies’s superb adaptation of Les Misérables falls squarely into that category.