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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling 

A new adaptation of the classic novel by Henry Fielding of the life, loves and adventures of the charming rascal Tom Jones. A foundling child born of a serving wench but allowed to grow up ... See full summary »
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1997  
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 Squire Allworthy 5 episodes, 1997
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 Benjamin Partridge 5 episodes, 1997
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 Mr. Square 5 episodes, 1997
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 Reverend Thwackum 5 episodes, 1997
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 Aunt Western 5 episodes, 1997
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 Parson Supple 5 episodes, 1997
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 Mr. Dowling 4 episodes, 1997
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 Mrs. Fitzpatrick 4 episodes, 1997
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 Jenny Jones 3 episodes, 1997
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 Mrs. Miller 3 episodes, 1997
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 Jack Nightingale 3 episodes, 1997
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 Nancy Miller 3 episodes, 1997
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A new adaptation of the classic novel by Henry Fielding of the life, loves and adventures of the charming rascal Tom Jones. A foundling child born of a serving wench but allowed to grow up in the privileged surroundings of Squire Allworthy's household. This position allows him to grow up with, make the acquaintance of and eventually fall in love with the beautiful daughter of his wealthy neighbour, Sophia Western. However, the path to true love rarely runs smooth and family pressure, the difference in their parentage and 18th century social custom prevent the young lovers from being together. Eventually both are forced out of their gentile, protected surroundings and into the great wide world to see what adventures real life might bring... Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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5 April 1998 (USA)  »

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While filming a scene in which their characters get into a physical confrontation, Brian Blessed actually punched Peter Capaldi in the face so hard he knocked him unconscious. See more »

Connections

Version of The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones (1976) See more »

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Why, Soldiers, Why
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Vocals performed by Max Beesley
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25 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

I loved this miniseries and went out and bought it. It's extremely true to Fielding's style and philosophy, and I've always been a big fan of Fielding. I think it's far superior to Tony Richardson's version, in which Albert Finney was just too old to play this part. I think Max Beesley achieves the mix of innocence, good-heartedness and sensuality that Tom must have. I also think Samantha Morton walks the line between showing Sophia's dutiful side and the explosive temper that she inherited from her father, Squire Western. It's a lot of fun.


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