It’s ‘Game of Thrones’ vs. ‘Les Misérables’ starts tonite, lasts 6 weeks

It seems fitting that “Game of Thrones” which many people believe to be the best TV series ever and “Les Misérables,” considered to be the greatest novel of the 19th century, both are airing — or should I say fighting and scheming at 9 tonight and for the next five Sundays.

Who will win the time slot?

The viewers, of course! Because these days with repeats, on demand, home recordings, and binge watching, you don’t have to choose one.

And some of the actors didn’t have to choose either. They appear in both, including:

Donald Sumpter as Maester Luwin
Donald Sumpter as Maester Luwin

— David Bradley as Walder Frey in “GoT”

Donald Sumpter as Mabeuf in "Les Miz"
Donald Sumpter as Mabeuf in “Les Miz”

who was Lord ofthe Crossing and head of House Freyuntil he  was eventually murdered by Arya Stark in retaliation for the Red Wedding AND is Marius’ politically outspoken, Napoleon-hating, but  loving grandfather Gillenormand in “Les Miz” (also Fitch in “Harry Potter).


David Bradley as Walder Frey
David Bradley as Walder Frey

— Donald Sumpter plays Maester

David Bradley as Gillenormand in "Les Miserables."
David Bradley as Gillenormand in “Les Miserables.”

Luwin in “GoT,”  and a loyal servant to House Star

and surrogate parent to Bran and Rickon Stark in the absence of their family and in “Les Miz” is  Mabeuf, the man who reveals the truth to Marius about his father, and who, despite his age, heroically fights alongside those at the barricade (and appeared in the very first Masterpiece production in 1969, “The First Churchills.”)

Here’s what the NY Times has to say

Lena Headey in “Game of Thrones.” (PHOTO) Helen Sloan/HBO
Lena Headey in “Game of Thrones.” (PHOTO) Helen Sloan/HBO

GAME OF THRONES 9 p.m. on HBO. Some have spent the past week celebrating the fact that spring has sprung. Others have had something else in mind: Winter is coming. That tagline for HBO’s fantasy colossus, which has grown bigger and bigger since its 2011 debut, has reached peak relevance in the lead-up to the show’s eighth season, which promises a final showdown between the living and the undead White Walkers (who have an ice dragon!). Season 8 should tie up loose ends while answering the big question of who will ultimately win the throne? Regardless of the answer, the brand is all but guaranteed to actively live on. “Five years from now,” the “Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau recently told The New York Times, “We will all be guides at the Game of Thrones Land.”

Dominic West (left), and David Oyelowo in “Les Miserables.” (PHOTO) Laurence Cendrowicz/BBC
Dominic West (left),and David Oyelowo in “Les Miserables.” (PHOTO) Laurence Cendrowicz/BBC

LES MISÉRABLES 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Dominic West stars as the Jean Valjean to David Oyelowo’s Javert in this adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel, about the pursuit of love and differing ideas of justice in 19th-century France. You won’t find musical numbers (or Russell Crowe’s pipes) here; this version by the “House of Cards” writer Andrew Davies favors spoken dialogue over singing, and markets itself as a faithful retelling of Hugo’s story.