The lavish BBC costume drama based on Alexandre Dumas' classic novel set in the early 1800s sees Alan Badel leading a distinguished cast in the greatest tale of betrayal, adventure, romance and revenge the world has ever known. This 12-part series is now widely considered to be one of the finest adaptations of the legendary story. Edmond Dantes is a brave and honest young man whose peaceful life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes are abruptly shattered when he is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune. Unlawfully sentenced to the infamous island prison of Chateau D'If, Edmond is destined to spend the rest of his days behind bars. While imprisoned, he meets the Abbe Faria, a fellow prisoner whom everyone believes to be mad. The Abbe tells Edmond of a fantastic treasure hidden away on a tiny island, that only he knows the location of. When Edmond audaciously escapes the island he sets off to find the treasure and exact revenge on those who wronged him.