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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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 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 »

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Version of Tom Jones (1996) See more »

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Air XX, The Beggar's Opera: March in Rinaldo
Music composed by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Lyrics composed by John Gay
Vocals performed by Brian Blessed
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A Tremendous Amount Of Fun - The Best Version
6 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Other posters have stated that the Finney version of this story is the best.

I wholeheartedly disagree. This story, as with most of Henry Fielding's stories, is intended as a parody of English 'morality' in his day. The Finney version is a lot of fun, but it's just a film about silly people wandering the countryside. In the A&E version, Brian Blessed performed his character (Mr. Western) in exactly the over-the-top correct way to ridicule the English wealthy. Mr. Allworthy was absolutely perfect as someone who believes that since he is a good honest man, the rest of the world must be good and honest as well. Tom's aunt has the line that in my opinion sums up the meaning of this book/movie (paraphrased), "It is not enough that your actions are good, you must make sure that they appear to be so."


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