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 Michael Henchard (7 episodes, 1978)
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 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)
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 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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The first British television drama to be shot entirely on videotape, using a new generation of portable video cameras and equipment for location filming. See more »

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Version of Daag: A Poem of Love (1973) See more »

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Smashing, stupendous, sensational
4 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

10 is not a high enough rating for this masterpiece. Even as we see the gorgeous and extremely talented Alan Bates as the mayor, making mistake after mistake, acting like a fool, struggling with his conscience, and sometimes making things right only to screw up again, we are moved by him. We have pity for a man who cannot get out of his own way, who is his own worst enemy.

The acting is superb, the scenery/sets beautiful and fitting of the time and place. Often meanings are conveyed through looks, expressions, and not an excess of words. The score by Carl Davis is appropriate and adds to the feel of the series, enhancing the whole thing.

What luck that this is on DVD, complete with biographies on Sir Alan Bates and Thomas Hardy, among other things. Don't miss this gem.


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