In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again he realises what he has done, and though unable to find his wife and child, ... See full summary »
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 Michael Henchard (7 episodes, 1978)
Janet Maw ...
 Elizabeth-Jane (7 episodes, 1978)
Jack Galloway ...
 Donald Farfrae (7 episodes, 1978)
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 Lucetta Farfrae / ... (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Jopp (4 episodes, 1978)
Peter Bourke ...
 Abel Whittle (4 episodes, 1978)
Jeffrey Holland ...
 Carter (4 episodes, 1978)
Alan Rowe ...
 Mr. Joyce (4 episodes, 1978)
Gillian Brown ...
 Lucetta's Maid (4 episodes, 1978)
Clifford Parrish ...
 Longways (4 episodes, 1978)
Avis Bunnage ...
 Mrs. Goodenough (3 episodes, 1978)
Richard Owens ...
 Newson (3 episodes, 1978)
Douglas Milvain ...
 Coney (3 episodes, 1978)
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In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again he realises what he has done, and though unable to find his wife and child, changes his ways. He becomes the Mayor of the town. Nearly twenty years later his past comes back to haunt him. Written by <burkeji@forfas.ie>

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Il sindaco di Casterbridge  »

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A superb series
1 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Mayor of Casterbridge is a wonderful story, maybe not the most accessible of his work but bleak but compelling and poignant. This 1978 series is superb. The photography is skillful, while the costumes and sets are both beautiful and bleakily atmospheric. The music conveys an appropriately evocative mood, while the story while unfolding at a deliberate slow pace is still moving and the script sophisticated, thoughtful and faithful in spirit to Hardy's work. The performances are just as impressive, whether in the facial expressions or the nuanced accents, with Alan Bates embodying Henchard's character to perfection. In support Anne Stallybrass and Anna Massey fare best in portrayals just as moving and well-realised. Janet Maw is also great. Jack Galloway is not quite as good, he is suitably dour but his character here is not as complex.

All in all, superb series and highly recommended. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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