You know what’s super fun to do on a gorgeous spring weekend afternoon, with the sun shining and the birds chirping, and the scent of blossoms on the breeze?
Stay inside and knit while watching all six episodes of a new television adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Misérables, that’s what!
If you’re a fan of the long-running Broadway musical version of Les Misérables, aka Les Miz, brace yourself: there is no soaring melody, and precious little redemption of human souls. As the New York Times put it in its headline, “New Version of ‘Les Misérables’ Has Less Singing, More Misery.”
So. It’s not a toe-tapper. Hugh Jackman does not appear, no matter how hard you look for him. But this version interprets the novel with more humanity and nuance, and it’s compelling, even if you know what’s going to happen to the characters. At some places, knowing what was going to happen, I looked away and concentrated on my knitting instead.
Derek Jacobi and Olivia Colman are in it, so not watching it is not an option in this house.