David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Lily Collins to Star in BBC’s ‘Les Misérables’ Miniseries

David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Lily Collins to Star in BBC's 'Les Misérables' Miniseries

David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Lily Collins to Star in BBC’s ‘Les Misérables’ Miniseries

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David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Lily Collins to Star in BBC's 'Les Misérables' Miniseries

David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Lily Collins to Star in BBC’s ‘Les Misérables’ Miniseries
Musicals are the lowest form of entertainment, and I say this as someone who has spent some of his morning watching a cartoon dinosaur kick a cartoon elephant unconscious on the YouTube Kids app. They have no place in the modern world now that we have speech and emojis. Watching a musical in 2018 is like being made to listen to someone with terrible taste’s automated Spotify Discover playlist while they sit on your chest and stop you from leaving their house. I just asked how your mum is, for crying out loud, you don’t need to reply by playing me Galway Girl three times in a row.
David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Lily Collins to Star in BBC's 'Les Misérables' Miniseries

David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Lily Collins to Star in BBC’s ‘Les Misérables’ Miniseries

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David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Lily Collins to Star in BBC's 'Les Misérables' Miniseries

David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Lily Collins to Star in BBC’s ‘Les Misérables’ Miniseries
Share on Twitter Share via Email View more sharing options Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Close Television, like all other forms of traditional media, is in mortal danger. Audiences are fragmenting, advertisers are fleeing and money is running out fast. If it wants to survive, television needs one good idea. That’s it. Just one golden bullet of an idea that will revolutionise everything and remind people what an invaluable source of entertainment lies in the box in the corner of their room.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Finally a version of Les Misérables where Anne Hathaway won’t win an Oscar for synchronising the popping of her snot bubbles to the crescendo of I Dreamed a Dream … So wild horses couldn’t stop me from watching this new Les Misérables series. I don’t care that Liam Neeson already made a musicless version in 1998 and there have been dozens of other Master of the House-free adaptations of the novel before. It means I’ll finally get to experience a modern version of the story that doesn’t give me a cluster migraine. A version where Russell Crowe won’t look into the camera, pull a face that makes him look like he’s trying to digest something terrible and then maliciously release a harrowing infrasonic frequency into the universe. A version where Anne Hathaway won’t win an Oscar for synchronising the popping of her snot bubbles to the crescendo of I Dreamed a Dream. It’s not the ideal version of Les Mis – that would be a three-second clip of a Frenchman with a messy face saying: “Cor, stealing candlesticks is a bad idea innit?” – but times are hard and we need to take what we can get.


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