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Paul Shelley ...
 Charles Darnay / ... (8 episodes, 1980)
Ralph Michael ...
 Doctor Manette (8 episodes, 1980)
Sally Osborne ...
 Lucie Manette (8 episodes, 1980)
Vivien Merchant ...
 Miss Pross (8 episodes, 1980)
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 Jarvis Lorry (7 episodes, 1980)
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 Madame Defarge (7 episodes, 1980)
Stephen Yardley ...
 Defarge (7 episodes, 1980)
Eric Mason ...
 Jacques Three (6 episodes, 1980)
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 John Barsad (5 episodes, 1980)
Peter Cleall ...
 Jerry Cruncher (5 episodes, 1980)
Michael Halsey ...
 Jacques One (5 episodes, 1980)
Brian Grellis ...
 Jacques Two (5 episodes, 1980)
David Webb ...
 Gabelle (4 episodes, 1980)
Harold Innocent ...
 Stryver (3 episodes, 1980)
John Abineri ...
 Roadmender (3 episodes, 1980)
Morris Perry ...
 Marquis St. Evremonde (2 episodes, 1980)
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 Gaspard (2 episodes, 1980)
Frank Tregear ...
 Roger Cly (2 episodes, 1980)
John Rolfe ...
 Bank Clerk (2 episodes, 1980)
Harry Fielder ...
 Gaoler (2 episodes, 1980)
David Rose ...
 Guard Room Officer (2 episodes, 1980)
Dennis Savage ...
 Young Cruncher (2 episodes, 1980)
Peter Farmer ...
 Barrier Official (2 episodes, 1980)
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Very good on the whole
21 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not perfect by all means, the story can jump around a bit and the early episodes at times lack excitement. However it is nicely done, as an adaptation it does respect Dickens' book though with omissions as well as inclusions that don't add very much. On its own it's fine, there is some crudeness in the production values but it is well shot and the costumes and sets have authenticity and opulence. The dialogue is tense and intelligently adapted, and while it takes some time to find its feet after around the halfway mark and we understand the characters and know who they are there is some very tense plotting which suited it fine, A Tale of Two Cities needs that. The best asset about this series is the acting, Judy Parfitt is absolutely chilling as Madame Du Farge and Ralph Michael and Nigel Stock stand out as well. Paul Shelley is more than credible in both the roles of Sydney and Charles, he is a little better as Sydney, mainly because Sydney is a more interesting character. Sally Osborne is just lovely and should have made it bigger. In conclusion, very good on the whole though the later episodes are stronger in quality than the early ones. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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