Go to navigation
It is currently Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:59 am

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Les Miserables
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:51 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:01 pm
Posts: 1031
Is anyone else looking forward to the new adaptation of Les Miserables starting today (30th Dec) on BBC One at 9pm?

This version was written by Andrew Davies who says he wants to bring the story back to the original novel by Victor Hugo. It was filmed across Belgium and Northern France and recreates the battles of the French Revolution that saw the underdogs rise up and fight against the system.

I must admit I have never read the book or been able to sit through the musical but have always wondered what I have been missing. It looks good in the trailers, so fingers crossed :)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Les Miserables
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:21 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:56 pm
Posts: 1191
My whole family is looking forward to it and we have seen the musical/film more than once. I have also read the book and that is the only thing I would even consider comparing it too as the musical is a hatchet of the original text.

Even so I love a good costume drama and this looks right up my street.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Les Miserables
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:33 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:01 pm
Posts: 10068
Location: Herts
Looking forward to watching together as a family.

We are big Andrew Davis fans so have high expectations. DG


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Les Miserables
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:44 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:01 pm
Posts: 1031
So, should I read the book before I see this? I am never sure which is the better way. If I don't get on with the book then I won't want to watch this, but if I don't enjoy this I won't want to read the book! First world problems, eh ;-)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Les Miserables
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:00 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:47 pm
Posts: 3827
BucksBornNBred wrote:
Is anyone else looking forward to the new adaptation of Les Miserables starting today (30th Dec) on BBC One at 9pm?

This version was written by Andrew Davies who says he wants to bring the story back to the original novel by Victor Hugo. It was filmed across Belgium and Northern France and recreates the battles of the French Revolution that saw the underdogs rise up and fight against the system.

I must admit I have never read the book or been able to sit through the musical but have always wondered what I have been missing. It looks good in the trailers, so fingers crossed :)


I too have never read the whole book by Victor Hugo.I have seen different films but my favourite was the 2012 musical version with Hugh Jackman and the hugely impressive Anne Hathaway.The film is well worth watching.I recall watching the play many years ago in the West End if memory serves me correctly it was on a circular stage.That was a huge pleasure even though we were watching it from the heavens.I will watch the first episode to see if it compares to the films and the play and maybe watch the others.

Thanks for telling us.

_________________
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

Abraham Lincoln


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Les Miserables
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:33 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:01 pm
Posts: 1031
quasimodo wrote:
Thanks for telling us.
It was a pleasure. I love the classics and really don't know why I have never read this one (I know why I have never seen it because it always seems to be a musical, the same as A Christmas Carol and Oliver usually are and both make my skin crawl when set to music!!)

I have only recorded it so still wondering whether to read the book first... difficult choice. Sometimes the book ruins the film, other times the film ruins the book! Any specific advice would be appreciated.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Les Miserables
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:45 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:56 pm
Posts: 1191
Having watched it with my daughter I would recommend it. She did compare it to the film musical but still enjoyed it. There are some extras Andrew Davies has added from the book by reading between the lines but I think it actually makes it more enjoyable.

The book itself is not the easiest read and can be very depressing and the first episode clings to how life is hard.

Can't wait for next weeks episode.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Les Miserables
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:29 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:01 pm
Posts: 10068
Location: Herts
Just watched a fantastic programme on Andrew Davies called Rewriting the Classics.

It starts with a discussion about his Les Miserables adaption and then looks back on his other work.

Really interesting. DG


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Les Miserables
PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:55 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:01 pm
Posts: 10068
Location: Herts
My goodness, things were very gritty tonight.

I had to leave the room for the really nasty part, you will know what I mean.

Real cliffhanger end, hard to wait a whole week for the next episode.

I like the way the different threads move in and out of each other all the time.

I thought the scenes with the Mayor were close to the Major of Casterbridge and I have not really noticed that in previous versions. DG


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 15 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright © 2004 – 2020