During his tour of the United States, Charles Dickens meets Commissioner Wentworth and takes exception to New York city's jail, known as The Tombs. He recalls when, as a boy of 12, his own ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Ferguson

Writers:

Wolf Mankowitz, Marc Miller (creator)

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Dotrice ... Charles Dickens / Mr. John Dickens
Diana Coupland Diana Coupland ... Mrs. Dickens
Simon Bell Simon Bell ... Charles Dickens as a Boy
Paul Lavers Paul Lavers ... James Lamert
George Waring George Waring ... Huffam
Anthony Douse Anthony Douse ... Thomas Gregory
Paul Nelson Paul Nelson ... Bob Fagin
Peter-Hugo Daly Peter-Hugo Daly ... Tiny Tucker (as Peter Hugo Daly)
John Fowler John Fowler ... Poll Green
Raymond Boal Raymond Boal ... Bill Smelly
Declan Mulholland Declan Mulholland ... Huge Man
Lynsey Baxter ... Orfling
Pheona McLellan Pheona McLellan ... Fanny Dickens as a Child
Claire McLellan Claire McLellan ... Letitia Dickens
Peter Welch ... Captain Porter
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During his tour of the United States, Charles Dickens meets Commissioner Wentworth and takes exception to New York city's jail, known as The Tombs. He recalls when, as a boy of 12, his own father was jailed for 9 months without any evidence. Charles had obtained employment with Cousin James, working in horrible circumstances making boot polish (the blacking of the title). He's bullied by one of the older boys who terrify him by covering him with blacking. At the Dickens home, Mr. Kerr continues to press for repayment and the elder Dickens finds himself in the sponging-house, a temporary jail for debtors. Charles begs and borrows and even sells some of his possessions to raise the funds for his father's release but only manages half of the amount. Some sad news actually brings good fortune. Written by garykmcd

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12 October 1976 (UK) See more »

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