Wednesday, January 9, 2019


The BBC drama investment team has an anxious weekend ahead. Les Miserables opened with an overnight audience of 4.5m, which consolidated over seven days to 5.9m. The second episode was down to 3.6m in the overnights, and the third, this weekend, is up against ITV's national treasure Vera, played by Brenda Blethyn.

There are six episodes in all of the Andrew Davies interpretation - think Eastenders in Belgium in the 1830s - and still some viewers are wondering where the songs have gone. The producers tried to make it clear this was different to the Schonberg-Boublil-Kretzmer musical by choosing theme music from LA-based Scouse composer John Murphy. He's responded with a pulsing piano piece more suitable for Scandi-noir. All very confusing for the over-34s. 

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