Viewers of the BBC’s huge production of Les Miserables were left horrified last night, following scenes of tragic heroine Fantine undergoing some brutal dental surgery.
Hoping to send her daughter away from the horrors of their poverty, Fantine, played by Lily Collins, takes truly desperate measures.
In a sequence which turned stomachs, she has her teeth pulled out, and her hair cut off to sell.
It was a little too much for some to take.
I watch horror movies for fun but that teeth scene in Les Miserables on the BBC nearly had me reaching for a bucket. 😂🤮
— Rob E m/ (@harvesterofsoro) January 6, 2019
I normally can't be doing with costume dramas but 'Les Miserables' is cracking. The scene where Fantine's teeth were pulled out was horrific. Perhaps I'm getting old but I was an emotional wreck. Much better without all the bloody singing.
— Alex (@alexbreeze) January 6, 2019
As a complete wimp/snowflake etc. I stopped viewing Les Miserables at the point where she was going to sell her two front teeth. Strong stuff. The unmitigated poverty and desperation shown turns my stomach. https://t.co/WN1NW5oBGh
— Devra #StayEUwhereYouhaveaSay (@DevraWiz) January 6, 2019
Might actually be traumatised after that teeth thing in #LesMiserables 🦷 🦷 💇♀️😱
— Cat Owen (@Catgnome) January 6, 2019
However, many praised Collins for a stunning performance.
Lily Collins performance in tonight’s Les Miserables was outstanding #LesMisérables
— Nicole † (@NicoleSmith__) January 6, 2019
Lily Collins’ acting in Les Miserables has left me in shock
— jess (@grangerslight) January 6, 2019
I really wasn’t expecting much with the Les Miserables drama on BBC1, as a big fan of the musical at least, but I have to say, Lily Collins as Fantine is making me sob!! 😭💔
— Georgia Fawcett (@georgiafawcett) January 6, 2019
In review, The Independent called Collins’ take on the tragic figure ‘magnificent’.
Andrew Davies, who also adapted Vanity Fair, Pride and Prejudice, and War & Peace for the BBC, and who also penned the original House of Cards, has adapted Victor Hugo’s novel, with direction from Tom Shankland.
It also features Dominic West as Jean Valjean and David Oyelowo as Javert.
It returns to BBC One next Sunday night.