From Victor Hugo's classic French novel of the nineteenth century to Tom Hooper's award winning blockbuster this year, Les Misérables has undergone one of the most successful transitions from book to stage to screen. In this new documentary, the scintillating journey of Hugo's universal story is traced from book to stage to screen with contributions from many who have starred in or helped to create this entertainment phenomenon. Helmed by entertainment and celebrity journalist Neil Sean this insightful documentary traces the events of the Paris insurrection in 1832 and the storming of the barricades using the restored 1978 Les Miserables film starring Anthony Perkins. Also included are archive interviews with Frances Ruffelle, Hugh Jackman, Phil Jonas, Tom Hooper, Alfie Boe Amanda Seyfried, Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Anne Hathaway who recount the amazing story of why Les Misérables has captured a place in everyone's hearts and through all it's mediums. When Cameron Mackintosh decided to make a musical of a French man's search for redemption, theatre critics slated its first London performance in 1985, as literary critics had done with the first publication of Victor Hugo's novel in 1862. But nearly thirty years later over 60 million people have seen the stage play and many more will watch the movie or read Hugo's novel which is amongst the ten greatest novels of all time. This programme has not been endorsed by, and is not an official release of, Cameron Mackintosh (Overseas) Limited, Working Title Films Ltd or Universal Pictures International UK & Eire Ltd. This programme does not contain any performance, footage or music from, and is not associated with, the official Stage Production, the motion picture Les Misérables (2012) or their creators, actors or directors.