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Hard Times 

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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Complete series cast summary:
Harriet Walter ...  Rachel 4 episodes, 1994
Bill Paterson ...  Stephen Blackpool 4 episodes, 1994
Alan Bates ...  Josiah Bounderby 4 episodes, 1994
Beatie Edney ...  Louisa Gradgrind 4 episodes, 1994
Bob Peck ...  Thomas Gradgrind 4 episodes, 1994
Emma Lewis Emma Lewis ...  Sissy Jupe / ... 4 episodes, 1994
Richard E. Grant ...  James Harthouse 3 episodes, 1994
Christien Anholt ...  Tom 2 episodes, 1994
Dilys Laye ...  Mrs. Sparsit 2 episodes, 1994
Damian Hunt Damian Hunt ...  Young Tom 2 episodes, 1994
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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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30 April 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Left-handed Christien Anholt (Tom) is seen writing with his right hand, as Tom is right-handed. See more »

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Stripped down Dickens
2 May 2004 | by gray4See all my reviews

When announced as made by 'BBC Schools', a low cost production is expected. And the sparse sets and Coketown streets are indeed very basic. But this is more than compensated for by the quality of the cast. Bob Peck and Alan Bates lead a team of superb actors, who drive the story along, and provide the character so essential to Dickens through a glance or a gesture, in what is a very stripped down and shortened version of Dickens' classic novel.

Inevitably a lot of Dickens' complexity is lost, and the effect of its abridgement leads to a rather jerky approach, with abrupt shifts of time and scene. But overall this is a great success, substituting character development for fast-moving action. It is a tribute to the BBC's commitment (ten years ago) to quality educational films.


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