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 Rachel (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Stephen Blackpool (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Josiah Bounderby (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Louisa Gradgrind (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Thomas Gradgrind (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Sissy Jupe / ... (4 episodes, 1994)
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 James Harthouse (3 episodes, 1994)
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 Tom (2 episodes, 1994)
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 Mrs. Sparsit (2 episodes, 1994)
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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Left-handed C'hristien Anholt' who plays Tom, is seen writing with his right hand as Tom is right handed. See more »

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Excellent adaptation for schools
13 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A basic adaptation of 'Hard Times' is lifted above the ordinary by the impressive cast - Bob Peck as Gradgrind, Alan Bates as Bounderby, Dilys Laye as Mrs Sparsit, Richard E Grant as Harthouse, Bill Paterson as Stephen Blackpool, and Harriet Walter as Rachel.

Of course the story is somewhat compacted in a running time not much over an hour and a half, but the omissions are not that puzzling and the story is left easy to follow. The quality of the acting and the script mean that this adaptation isn't taking its young audience for granted.

Now available as part of a DVD set of Dickens' works, and well worth buying.


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