A Charles Dickins novel, a story of the progress of the time, politics, forced marriage and high born mixing with common people,trade union and low wages and working conditions, set in 1854 Victorian Britain, classic actors.
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Patrick Allen ...
 Thomas Gradgrind (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Josiah Bounderby (4 episodes, 1977)
Rosalie Crutchley ...
 Mrs. Sparsit (4 episodes, 1977)
Jacqueline Tong ...
 Louisa Gradgrind (4 episodes, 1977)
Michelle Dibnah ...
 Sissy Jupe (4 episodes, 1977)
Richard Wren ...
 Tom Gradgrind (4 episodes, 1977)
Alan Dobie ...
 Stephen Blackpool (3 episodes, 1977)
Ursula Howells ...
 Mrs. Gradgrind (3 episodes, 1977)
Barbara Ewing ...
 Rachael (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Capt. James Harthouse (3 episodes, 1977)
Sean Flanagan ...
 Bitzer (2 episodes, 1977)
Harry Markham ...
 Sleary (2 episodes, 1977)
Peter Martin ...
 Waiter (2 episodes, 1977)
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A Charles Dickins novel, a story of the progress of the time, politics, forced marriage and high born mixing with common people,trade union and low wages and working conditions, set in 1854 Victorian Britain, classic actors.

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Wonderful Dickens adaptation, far superior to the 1994 adaptation
25 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See 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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