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The Mayor of Casterbridge 

In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again, he realizes what he has done, and though unable to find his wife and child, ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Alan Bates ...  Michael Henchard 7 episodes, 1978
Janet Maw Janet Maw ...  Elizabeth-Jane 7 episodes, 1978
Jack Galloway Jack Galloway ...  Donald Farfrae 7 episodes, 1978
Anna Massey ...  Lucetta Farfrae / ... 4 episodes, 1978
Ronald Lacey ...  Jopp 4 episodes, 1978
Peter Bourke Peter Bourke ...  Abel Whittle 4 episodes, 1978
Jeffrey Holland Jeffrey Holland ...  Carter 4 episodes, 1978
Alan Rowe Alan Rowe ...  Mr. Joyce 4 episodes, 1978
Gillian Brown Gillian Brown ...  Lucetta's Maid 4 episodes, 1978
Clifford Parrish Clifford Parrish ...  Longways 4 episodes, 1978
Avis Bunnage Avis Bunnage ...  Mrs. Goodenough 3 episodes, 1978
Richard Owens ...  Newson 3 episodes, 1978
Douglas Milvain Douglas Milvain ...  Coney 3 episodes, 1978


In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again, he realizes what he has done, and though unable to find his wife and child, changes his ways. He becomes the Mayor of the town. Nearly twenty years later, his past comes back to haunt him. Written by <burkeji@forfas.ie>

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3 September 1978 (USA) See more »

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Il sindaco di Casterbridge See more »

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The first British television drama to be shot entirely on videotape, using a new generation of portable video cameras and equipment for location filming. See more »


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The dramatic tension of a peanut dissolving in oil
26 January 2007 | by irish23See all my reviews

A classic ancient BBC production: promising actors with a sparsely populated script, indecipherable accents, atrocious sound quality, and Extremely Long Takes Wherein Nothing Really Happens.

Potentially deeply emotional scenes are read through instead of explored. It's as if the text of the script is so sacred the actors daren't internalize it for fear of desecrating it.

Confusing jumps in time compound the badness. In addition, by trimming some exposition, we're not quite sure what transpires between some characters, or if we do know What, we're never sure Why.

This is an excellent soporific. It also works well if you need to exercise your thumb on the fast-forward button. It's difficult to miss an important piece of dialogue or even a scene. If "torpid" is what you're looking for, this is the mini-series for you.

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