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Thomas Gradgrind, a wealthy, retired merchant in the industrial city of Coketown, England, devotes his life to a philosophy of rationalism, self-interest, and fact. He raises his oldest ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Patrick Allen ...  Thomas Gradgrind 4 episodes, 1977
Timothy West ...  Josiah Bounderby 4 episodes, 1977
Rosalie Crutchley ...  Mrs. Sparsit 4 episodes, 1977
Jacqueline Tong ...  Louisa Gradgrind 4 episodes, 1977
Michelle Dibnah Michelle Dibnah ...  Sissy Jupe 4 episodes, 1977
Richard Wren Richard Wren ...  Tom Gradgrind 4 episodes, 1977
Alan Dobie Alan Dobie ...  Stephen Blackpool 3 episodes, 1977
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ...  Mrs. Gradgrind 3 episodes, 1977
Barbara Ewing Barbara Ewing ...  Rachael 3 episodes, 1977
Edward Fox ...  Capt. James Harthouse 3 episodes, 1977
Sean Flanagan Sean Flanagan ...  Bitzer 2 episodes, 1977
Harry Markham Harry Markham ...  Sleary 2 episodes, 1977
Peter Martin ...  Waiter 2 episodes, 1977
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Thomas Gradgrind, a wealthy, retired merchant in the industrial city of Coketown, England, devotes his life to a philosophy of rationalism, self-interest, and fact. He raises his oldest children, Louisa and Tom, according to this philosophy and never allows them to engage in fanciful or imaginative pursuits.

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11 May 1977 (USA) See more »

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Les temps difficiles See more »

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(4 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Wonderful Dickens adaptation, far superior to the 1994 adaptation
25 September 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The 1994 adaptation was quite good but felt too short and rushed. This adaptation was wonderful and you'd be hard pressed to find a better adaptation or do one better. The costumes and sets are very true to the period and done really convincingly, both opulent, without being too beautiful, and atmospheric, without being too overly-bleak. As an adaptation it really works. The dialogue flows very well and written with sophistication. The social and personal issues of the times are incorporated without being ignored or skimmed over in the writing, as is the fun, tragedy and foreboding of Dickens' style. The story is always compelling and is faithful to Dickens without being too faithful or cold. Excellent performances too, especially from Edward Fox(wonderfully oily), Timothy West(human and villainous) and Patrick Allen(convincing at being gruff and repentant). Though Rosalie Crutchley is a scene-stealer too, Jacqueline Tong is lovely and feisty, Alan Dobie is very moving and Barbara Ewing does nicely playing the only "perfect saint" character). So all the performances work, and does does this adaptation, which is a great adaptation and wonderful on its own. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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