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 ... See full summary »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1994  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hard Times (TV Mini-Series 1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

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.

Stars: Patrick Allen, Timothy West, Rosalie Crutchley
Our Mutual Friend (TV Mini-Series 1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.

Stars: Paul McGann, Keeley Hawes, Dominic Mafham
Hard Times (TV Series 2015)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stars: Isaac Eshete, Eric Masterson, Brandy Aniston
Hard Times (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The village of Kilcoulins Leap was once a thriving spa town, and was home to a famous Holy Well, but now offers little by way of employment for its people, and its decline seems inexorable.... See full summary »

Director: Tom Reeve
Stars: John Lynch, Cornelius Clarke, Lochlann O'Mearáin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Some very greedy and selfish relatives are all after the failing old Martin Chuzzlewit's money. He is surrounded by all these sycophantic relatives that he truly despises whilst ill, each ... See full summary »

Stars: Emma Chambers, Julia Sawalha, Keith Allen
Jane Eyre (TV Mini-Series 2006)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever.

Stars: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne
Hard Times (1975)
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The adventures of a drifter turned illegal prize-fighter during the Depression Era in New Orleans.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Jill Ireland
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Frank Lawton, Edna May Oliver
Hard Time (TV Movie 1998)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Burt Reynolds plays Logan McQueen, a veteran, tough cop who likes to see justice done by his own ways. Things go bad after McQueen is framed for murder. Now he has to escape from a maximum ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Reynolds
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning, Robert Loggia
David Copperfield (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Director: Peter Medak
Stars: Hugh Dancy, Michael Richards, Eileen Atkins
Hard Time (TV Series 2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Stars: Thurston Moore
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Rachel (4 episodes, 1994)
...
 Stephen Blackpool (4 episodes, 1994)
...
 Josiah Bounderby (4 episodes, 1994)
...
 Louisa Gradgrind (4 episodes, 1994)
...
 Thomas Gradgrind (4 episodes, 1994)
Emma Lewis ...
 Sissy Jupe / ... (4 episodes, 1994)
...
 James Harthouse (3 episodes, 1994)
...
 Tom (2 episodes, 1994)
...
 Mrs. Sparsit (2 episodes, 1994)
Damian Hunt ...
 Young Tom (2 episodes, 1994)
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 April 1995 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Left-handed C'hristien Anholt' who plays Tom, is seen writing with his right hand as Tom is right handed. See more »

Connections

Version of Hard Times (1915) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Excellent adaptation of a classic novel
2 July 2001 | by (British Columbia, Canada) – See all my reviews

Made for British schools in 1994, this BBC version of HARD TIMES eschews the usual fancy costumes and elaborate sets of most BBC 'classics' and gets down to the story, focussing on the characters and their sometimes tragic lives and decisions. Don't let its origins put you off: this version boasts a cast most big budget films would kill for: Alan Bates, Richard E. Grant, Harriet Walter, Bill Paterson, and the late, great Bob Peck, magnificent as Gradgrind. Anyone tired of the respectful, white-glove treatment classic novels are usually given on TV will find this a refreshing change of pace: angry and passionate and bleak, with flashes of humour and humanity.


9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?